Ooooh, I'm so excited. Only one more sleep until Nuit Blanche 2010.
This will be the 5 year that Toronto has had a Nuit Blanche festival. It's an all night festival featuring over 130 contemporary art displays. The festival runs from 6.57 P.M. until sunup the next day. Every street corner in the downtown district will feature a contemporary art display or art performance. The downtown core is lit up like it's day outside. It's almost like a little Burningman festival right in the heart of Toronto (well maybe without all the drugs and fornication).
This year, Scotiabank will be the main sponsors. There will be quite a few world class artists coming out for Nuit Blanche 2010. The idea is to introduce contemporary art into the lives of regular people. I don't really suppose that regular people usually wander around the downtown core at 4 in the morning, but I get what they are trying to do.
Last year the event attracted over 100,000 tourists to Toronto, and combined with the number of locals who came out to enjoy the event, there was quite a crowd. There is a real carnival atmosphere for this event. This year you can get an application for your smart phone that will keep you up to date as to what will be happening where and when. If you happen to have a dumb phone then you'll just have to pick up one of the brochures that will be distributed just about everywhere.
Bring your walking shoes and a couple of Loonies for a few coffees. It's promising to be a lot of fun.