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Nuit Blanche turns five

The annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-downtown night art party, isabout to celebrate its fifth incarnation.  So far, in the last fouryears, more than 600 art installations and nearly 2,000 artists haveparticipated.

The annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-downtown night art party, is about to celebrate its fifth incarnation. So far, in the last four years, more than 600 art installations and nearly 2,000 artists have participated.

This year will include another 130 projects by almost 500 artists, meaning a little preplanning on your part will be necessary.

One resource for getting around is scotiabanknuitblanche.ca. The Night Navigator App is available for most smartphones. Share Your Night is another online platform for posting tweets and pics online.

But beneath the high tech is that spirit of play and wonder that makes art interesting to begin with.

Joe Kuertes explains how Planet Kindergarten, taking place at The Gardiner Museum, exemplifies the fun and humanity that art requires.

“It’s an opportunity for everyone to go back to their childhoods,” says Kuertes by phone. “People can role play, sing out of tune, finger paint, or write a poem. Everyone can do what they want and not be criticized. There’s no right or wrong, no parents telling you what to do.”

This year, Downtown Toronto will be divided into three zones. Zone A runs along Yonge and Bloor Street. Zone B is Yonge-Dundas Square. Zone C is the Bay Adelaide Centre. Expect road closures downtown, on Yonge, Bloor, Bay and Queen.

Art fans will find info online about every event. Volunteer Information Ambassadors will be available all night to help you find your way around. Also, additional food vendors will be open all night.

 
 
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