I love Nuit Blanche and try to go every year I’m in Toronto, at least to see a few of the exhibits. A night walking around the city looking at interesting and funky art installations, it’s always an interesting time. This year I was particularly interested in the exhibit that was being marketed as a Korean shaman performance because well, it would give me a chance to write about one of Toronto’s non-Korean festivals. And since I’m already writing about Nuit Blanche, I might as well show you a few of the other highlights we saw too.
First, let me introduce Nuit Blanche to those of you that might be unfamiliar with it. It’s a (mostly outdoors) one-night arts festival that goes from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am on a Saturday evening in early October. The festival started in Toronto’s Financial District which is a bunch of skyscrapers downtown and has since migrated to different locations, mainly but no longer exclusively, in the downtown area. While most of the exhibits are simply for the night and outdoors, there are also indoors ones – as was the Korean exhibit that I’m mainly focusing on. And while this year wasn’t my favourite of the years I’ve attended, there were still some interesting exhibits.
The Empress Dowager
A snapshot of other exhibits
The Empress Dowager was just one of many exhibits at this year’s Nuit Blanche. Here’s a few pictures of some of the other exhibits Jenn and I saw. All pictures were taken from approximately 1:30-4:00 am.
Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival. Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher.