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13th Nuit blanche à Montréal

A wild, red Nuit!

Montreal, Monday, February 29, 2016 — The 13th edition of Nuit blanche à Montréal, presented as part of the 17th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, took its final bow in the wee hours of Sunday, February 28 after delivering an evening worthy of its stellar reputation: quite simply, it was magical! Conceived around the theme of “Red”, the Nuit blanche took over 3 quartiers and 2 pôles in the city, from Olympic Stadium to Côte-des-Neiges, Villeray to Old Montréal, spreading joy throughout over 200 scheduled activities. Beautiful weather and a great mood held sway over the entire event, uniting 350,000 nighthawks in celebration, confirming once again that this is the party that draws the most attendees in a single day on the Montreal event calendar! And the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festivities continue until March 5, because the outdoor site will remain open throughout the winter break week.

Here are some beautiful images from a magical Nuit…:

A beautiful, wild Nuit…

With attendance numbers pouring in, we can happily state that crowds were large all over the island, with folks enjoying and exploring every neighbourhood of Montréal. The Nuit blanche showcases the cultural beauty of our entire city!

The evening’s activities were well-attended virtually everywhere, from the Forges de Montréal, to the Centre Phi, Atrium le 1000, Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui for the cabaret CreativeMornings and at the Cinémathèque for the closing evening of RVCQ. This year’s edition of Nuit blanche featured brilliantly successful events including Zoofest polaire organized by La Vitrine, with some 4,700 nighthawks, the packed Montreal Loves Dilla in L’Astral and the 3,000 guests welcomed by Montréal City Hall.

Place des Arts welcomed approximately 30,000 visitors, hosting a warm evening with an Afrobeat theme. Crowds laughed heartily during La nuit est (encore) blanche, while the MEL outdoor site was a hive of activity, from the Elvis Gratton Picture Show and beyond!

A crowd of 30 000 also gathered in the Quartier Latin, joining in the giant-sized games of Montréal joue on St. Denis Street, the Crayski activities, and activities presented by UQAM. Crowds were enthralled by Aura, created by students in the interactive media program and installed on Place Pasteur, presenting a luminous, surreal landscape inviting fans to experience an entirely new level of discovery and wonder.

Contemporary art was also in the spotlight, with 5,000 people roaming the corridors and galleries of the Belgo, creating an incredible atmosphere of shared wonder and discovery. Over 75,000 witnessed the installations of Art souterrain, spread throughout 13 buildings. The Musée d’art contemporain recorded 6,500 curious visitors, guided by hosts dressed in red for the occasion.

The Ligne bleue pôle, part of the program for a 3rd straight year, also welcomed large crowds, confirming its raison d’être. The TOHU hosted 3,500 visitors for the 2nd edition of its wild and colourful Freak Show, while Saint Joseph’s Oratory welcomed over 2,000 people to enjoy the music of 7 gorgeous guest choirs.

In addition, we recorded approximately 10,000 visits at Parc olympique, half of those on the Esplanade Financière Sun Life.

 « Est-ce qu’il y a quelque chose de plus cool, à Montréal, que la Nuit blanche ? Pas sûr. »

—    François Cardinal

‘’The biggest challenge is choosing where to go.’’

—    Regis St-Louis, Lonely Planet (USA)

‘’The city’s wildest winter night of the year.’’

Eugene Kim, My Modern Met (USA)

« S’il est humainement possible de ne faire qu’une dizaine d’activités sur les 200 proposées pour minimalement en profiter, on peut se consoler en pensant à cette ambiance lumineuse et égayante qui a recouvert Montréal toute la nuit et dans laquelle on s’est baignés. »

—    Éliane Brisebois, Le Devoir

Thanks to our partners!

The organizers of Nuit blanche à Montréal offer their thanks to the three levels of government for their continued support: the Government of Canada—Economic Development Canada and Heritage Canada—the Government of Québec—the ministère du Tourisme, the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and SODEC—as well as the Ville de Montréal, Arrondissement Ville-Marie, Tourisme Montréal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Quartier des spectacles Partnership and the organizational body for Celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montréal. Thanks to our 150 partners—theatres, venues, museums, artistic centres—who support Nuit blanche à Montréal and work hard to organize the event and manage an incredible crowd of fun-loving nighthawks. We also thank the STM, our loyal and indispensible collaborator in staging this huge and unique Montreal gathering, with entertainment even provided on the free shuttle service thanks to Les Étoiles du Métro, guaranteeing a fun-loving atmosphere literally everywhere during our Nuit.

The 14th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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