Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is a free nighttime exploration and celebration of contemporary art that kick-starts Culture Days Manitoba. Held annually since 2010, the events and exhibits attract thousands of people to St. Boniface, Downtown, the Exchange District , The Forks, and the West End.
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg 2021 is produced in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Council.
Artists, galleries, cultural organizations and independent curators create and host their own events around the city. These events are FREE to the public and encourage and celebrate arts and culture in our community. Anyone interested in coordinating an event that celebrates contemporary visual art is welcome to register and host.
- Debuting in Winnipeg in September 2010 the concept of Nuit Blanche originated in France in 1984 and has since spread to many cities around the world.
- Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is held annually on either the last Saturday of September or the first Saturday of October.
- In Manitoba, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg takes place during Culture Days, a collaborative Canadian volunteer movement that aims to raise the access, awareness, engagement and participation of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.
- Nuit Blanche Winnipeg is operated by the staff of Culture Days Manitoba and the Nuit Blanche Winnipeg Committee.
- Although the direct translation for Nuit Blanche is ‘white night’, the context of the translation means ‘a sleepless night.’
Nuit Blanche Winnipeg takes place on Treaty 1 Territory and on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and the homeland of the Métis Nation. We offer our respect and gratitude to the traditional caretakers of this land.