Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Nuit Blanche Recap

It was another fun year at Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche. This was our second year at the event for the City of Toronto along with sponsorship partner organizations such as Tourism Toronto and Subaru and our valued partner, Spinnaker Recycling. We appreciate their support.

The event was projected to see over 1,000,000 people visiting over 120 projects. According to the city, last year's event had an economic impact of $39.5M.

We spent 24 hours moving about cleaning up, sweeping the streets, emptying the trash cans, and disposing of waste, all in an effort to ensure a positive experience.

There were so many interesting sites and exhibits but the coolest display we saw was a video-based art installation projected on a large wall that made it look like a wrecking ball was coming right through the wall. (Source)

The event has been gaining momentum over the years and people seemed to be fired up this year as well. Just by looking at the amount of people in the streets at crazy times of the night and enjoying the unique art installations, there was definitely a fair amount of partying going on.

One unique things this year was the use of Fort York as a venue. It really gave the event a different feel. To see one of the the oldest founding areas of the city transformed into an art gallery full of some of the most modern and fresh ideas was a great back drop for sure. One of they key exhibits was Between Doors.

Another intriguing thing about Nuit Blanche is that every year it has a different feel and vibe to it. You can never assume the next year will be anything like previous years so you always have to come with an open mind and the expectation that you will be wowed. That was certainly the case this year. 

Here is a great recap video from Ryerson Student Life

Checkout the photo finalists from blogTO's photo contest for the event. Awesome! (Source)

If you attended this year, we would love to hear about what you saw, what caught your interest, and what left you scratching your head. Was this year better than past years? Any tips to get more out of the event in future years? Suggestions welcome!