Despite some hefty rain, over a million people took to the streets of Toronto on Saturday night to experience Nuit Blanche, the city’s seventh annual all-night public art festival. From dusk til dawn, Torontonians and tourists alike explored over 100 art installations in public spaces across the city, produced by over 250 participating artists and art groups. One of the event’s main exhibits was a three-storey sculpture by contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei entitled Forever Bicycles, which drew massive crowds throughout the night to Nathan Phillips Square. Other notible exhibits included Belgium artist Pascale Marthine Tayou’s Plastic Bags, Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata’s Garden Tower in Toronto, and French artist Boris Anchor’s The rose is without why.
In case you weren’t able to enjoy the event, we’re happy to share this fantastic Nuit Blanche video by Toronto agency BizMedia featuring some of the festival’s highlights. You can also check out great photos from the event in the Twitter feed below.
About Toronto’s Nuit Blanche
Originally conceived in Paris in 2002, Nuit Blanche has been transplanted to cities all over the world including Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, and Tokyo. Toronto became the first North American city to host the all-night festival in 2006 and has since featured more than 850 official art installations created by nearly 3,500 artists.
Learn more at: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
The Nuit Blanche video “Nuit Blanche Toronto 2013” was produced by BizMedia; Shot & edited by cinematographer Jon Simonassi; Timelapse photography by Javin Lau; Track: Forest (Monokle Remix) – Milinal; Special thanks to: James Hughes