The contemporary art event was born in Paris, France in 2002 but when their people got in touch with our people about doing a Toronto chapter, we jumped at the opportunity. Toronto was the first North American city to fully reproduce the France version infused with our own interpretations. It has been running with massive success since its inception in 2006 and has only grown over the years.
We got a chance to speak with Programming Manager, Julian Sleath, who has worked tirelessly among an incredible team of staff, sponsors and volunteers to bring Nuit Blanche 2013 to fruition.
People come from all over to experience Nuit Blanche. What do you think makes the experience so magical?
This event is one of the great occasions in the year that everyone looks forward to. You mention the magic in your question – for me this magic is how many people enjoy being out and about on the streets of Toronto. This is a city with a vibrant life all times of the day and night and events like Nuit Blanche bring all of us together for this communal experience and interaction with the art projects.
Why do you think an event such as this is important to Toronto’s identity and culture?
I love this city a great deal. I have worked in many locations around the world on festivals and art events and to me Nuit Blanche ranks up very high in the importance of getting the message across that Toronto is a great place to live and work. There are many festival and events that take place in this city each year and yet we manage to make the Nuit Blanche experience very unique.
What’s the best part for you?
I look forward to all of it; however of special importance to me is see the realization of many months of planning into such a range of amazing art installations. Finally, we all get to see just what these arts projects can do to make us think again about how we view Toronto.
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