Culture Days and Nuit Blanche back for 2016

By the end of the summer, you’re probably somewhat broke from enjoying every festival, farmer’s market and event Winnipeg has to offer. Taking in music, theatre, movies, dance, and more, can get expensive and it can be tough to try new things when you are strapped for cash.

Culture Days, a three-day national festival from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016, believes you can’t put a price on experiencing arts and culture — which is why all the programming is free. It’s three days of engaging, hands-on activities and events that get you participating in arts and culture in a new way, and get you out of the house having fun.

Galleries and museums open their doors and do tours, artists and artisans offer workshops and demos, dance instructors and groups teach you how to step, and more.  The range of events listed on mb.culturedays.ca are a true testament to how vibrant and diverse the arts and culture scene is in our province.

Pop by 618 ARTlington (located on at 618 Arlington of course) for a few hours and explore three floors of artist studios all open to tour. Get your flamenco on with Bolero Dance Theatre or learn to shake your hips with Au Set Belly Dance. Check out Chocolatier Constance Popp during Culture Days where she offers her once yearly open house with chocolate demos and samples. You can also take in two full days of free music and more at The Forks under the canopy on Friday and Saturday. This is just mentioning a few: there are well over 300 free activities to try all over the province.

Also on the weekend of Culture Days Manitoba: Nuit Blanche Winnipeg (NBW)! Your favourite all-night celebration of contemporary art is back for the seventh year on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Expect more art installations and things to light up the night than ever before.

What would NBW be without Synonym Art Consultation and their Wall-to-Wall murals? Their artists will be painting a massive mural outside The Edge Gallery, and inside there will be a community feast complete with a new indigenous gallery opening. From noon till midnight in Old Market Square is the ever-popular LUCKYGIRL pop up with oodles of local vendors. La Maison Des Artistes Visuels in St. Boniface will also be hosting Olicorno — a blind painting performance artist — for the evening.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to swing by CLOUD at the base of the Esplanade Riel to pull on one of the strings, and get (what will enviatably be) this year’s quintessential Nuit Blanche Winnipeg picture.

Pick up a Nuit Blanche Winnipeg map, join the bike jam or hop the trolley to check out as many stops as possible. Good thing you have all night!

No need to hibernate come Fall. Come out for the weekend of Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 and enjoy all Manitoba has to offer for arts and culture. Experience something new for no admission at all.

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