The 14th Nuit blanche à Montréal
Montréal, Monday, March 6, 2017 — The 14th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal—an event included in the official program of the 375th anniversary of Montreal—presented as part of the 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, wound down in the wee hours of Sunday, March 5, and we can already proclaim it an unqualified success! Under the theme of “1967, the year of Expo”, some 213 activities thrilled the city with all the creativity, pleasure and enthusiasm you’d expect from an event of this magnitude. And despite the biting cold, fans flocked out in major numbers… With approximately 300,000 visitors, the event once again confirmed its enormous popularity! No question, members of every generation assembled to celebrate a retro-futurist Montreal overflowing with inspiration. And we can’t wait to light it all up again next year!
“It is truly a pleasure to see how Montrealers answer the call of the fabulous Nuit blanche year after year. We offer our warmest thanks to all those who worked outdoors to allow Montrealers and tourists to experience Montreal in its finest light. It was brilliant!” stated Jacques-André Dupont, CEO of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE.
“There was a playful and festive ambiance at Montréal’s city hall where thousands of Montrealers gathered to experience Nuit blanche’s “1967, Year of the Expo”. Thank you to Nuit blanche for this great recognition! Thank you for allowing the population a unique and privileged access to art and culture in all its forms”, said Mrs Manon Gauthier, member of the City of Montréal Executive Committee and responsible for culture, heritage, design, Espace pour la vie and the status of women.
“The 2017 edition of the Nuit blanche invited Montrealers to discover the Era of Expo 67. The Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary was delighted to join forces with MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE to relive the music of that exciting time. All of Montreal was on hand for this extraordinary night allowing us all to celebrate our nordicity in a fiesta of lights, colours and music,” affirmed Gilbert Rozon, Commissioner of the Celebrations of the 375th anniversary of Montréal.
A Nuit with a major hit of Expo 67!
Tons of festival fans pulled on their warmest clothes and plunged bravely into the cold—and the fun! A touch of the divine madness of 1967 made its presence felt everywhere: from the psychedelic look of the reception staff and nighthawks dressed up in ’60s fashions, all the way to sixties music and archival photos… And Twitter and Instagram relayed the action all Nuit long!
- Downtown and in the Quartier des spectacles, the most well-attended events included the UQAM installations in the Quartier Latin, drawing between 5,000 and 7,000 people; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, welcoming 5,000 visitors; and the Musée d’art contemporain, with 5,000 fans, which included Nuit blanche de la poésie staged by Radio-Canada. And we can’t leave out the 3,800 participants in Zoofest at La Vitrine; 2,000 visitors to Sommet Place Ville Marie, one of the most popular activities from the outset of the evening; 1,400 people at the Centre for Sustainable Development; as well as 2,000 people in Place des Arts, where La nuit est (encore) blanche 2, web-broadcast live on Facebook, drew 185,000 Netizens.
- Art Souterrain welcomed 17,000 people and presented artistic performances supervised by on-site mediators.
- On the Parterre, Les Vikings delivered a solid performance, with fans flocking to the dancefloor! It was a wonderful moment of collective euphoric in memorably special 1967 décor.
- In Old Montréal, 3,500 people flocked to the Pointe-à-Callière museum, while 1,300 responded to the Mayor’s invitation to head down to City Hall for an evening organized in collaboration with Montréal joue. Other popular destinations included l’Arsenal, in its first participation in the Nuit blanche, as well as the Forges de Montréal, where 500 were once again blown away watching the blacksmiths in action!
- More intimate activities unfolded on the Plateau-Mont-Royal and in Mile-End, in a warm, hospitable ambience. And let’s not forget the enthusiastic support for activities hosted by Dazibao and Diagonale, as well as l’Atelier Circulaire, Temps Libre Mile End and 10 hours of poetry in Quai des brumes.
- 3,000 brave souls pulled on their snowsuits and headed to Olympic Parc to thumb their noses at Old Man Winter!
- The Ligne bleue pole made an impact thanks to the Centre de recherche in CHU Sainte-Justine, which opened its doors for the first time during a Nuit blanche and hosted 600 visitors, as well as Cinéma Beaubien, welcoming a large crowd for screenings of short films selected as part of the Regard festival.
“No one does winter better than Montrealers. […] The entire city has come out to party their poutine off.”
— Pamela Wright, Northern New England
« Point dʹorgue de lʹévénement : la grande Nuit blanche, avec pas moins de 200 activités pour découvrir la ville sous un autre jour. »
“And last but not least, the world famous Nuit Blanche (white night), a party from dusk to dawn. A night to remember.”
— Jodi, Legal Nomads
« La plus belle nuit de l’année, c’est l’incontournable Nuit blanche. Même à -30. »
“It may be cold out there but MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and Nuit Blanche is heating up the night!”
— Ottawa Life Magazine
“Montreal, even when your temperature is freezing, you warm up my heart with all your activities and you vibrate with people that build memories.”
The STM, an essential ally all down the line
Thanks to the STM’s reconfigured shuttle service, our nighthawks were able to access and get around to the various Nuit activities better than ever. And with the Étoiles du Métro offering entertainment on board, we were delighted with the essential support allowing everyone to travel in a safe, friendly and efficient environment—all of it free of charge!
The new theme circuits: a runaway success unveiling the magic of the Nuit
Inaugurated this year, our six thematic circuits were an immediate hit with festival fans! At least 6,500 visits throughout the Nuit helped our nighthawks fill in their datebooks. And the big popularity contest winner? The Spécial 67 circuit!
Thanks to our partners
Organized as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the 14th Nuit blanche à Montréal offers thanks to our partners: the City of Montréal, the Society for the Celebrations of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Thanks also to our 150 other partners—theatres, venues, museums, art centres—who supported the Nuit blanche and worked to organize the event and manage an impressively large swell of nighthawks.
The 18th edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented by RBC in collaboration with Bell, runs through March 11.
The 15th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.
About the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see http://www.375mtl.com
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