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1 Million Visitors At Nuit Blanche's Midnight Art Festival

1 Million Visitors At Nuit Blanche's Midnight Art Festival

on Oct. 4, 2014 by

Impressive contemporary art on display in downtown Toronto until sunrise. It's a unqiue annual festival since 2006 and has becoming one of the city's highlights during fall

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From dusk until the early pre-dawn hours, Toronto buzzed with excitement as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche was unleashed on the city.

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Torontonians left behind the comfort of their beds en masse, as half a million people ventured out onto the city's streets for an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art.

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Toronto was the first North American city to fully replicate the Paris model, and has inspired similar celebrations throughout North America, including San Francisco, New York, Miami and Chicago.

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At its core, Nuit Blanche is a 12-hour event with a mandate to make contemporary art accessible to large audiences, while inspiring dialogue and engaging the public to examine its significance and impact on public space.

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Nuit Blanche is both a "high art" event and a free populous event that encourages celebration and community engagement.

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From sunset to sunrise city spaces and neighbourhoods are transformed into temporary exhibitions.

Unusual or forbidden spaces become sites of contemporary art open for all-night discovery and rediscovery.

Cultural institutions, from museums to galleries to artist run centres, open their doors and offer free access to contemporary art.

The everyday is suspended as the city's landscape is changed to welcome a variety of artistic experiences.

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