Nuit Blanche Saskatoon

Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2018 will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 7 pm to 1 am. Now in its fifth year, Nuit Blanche Saskatoon is a free, night-time arts festival that showcases and celebrates art and culture. Overtaking multiple venues and city streets throughout Saskatoon, the festival will feature projections, sculptural installations, performance, music, theatre, and other forms of contemporary art that will wow festival-goers late into the evening. Not only is this festival a chance for citizens of all ages to engage with and enjoy Saskatoon’s thriving arts scene, it offers the unique experience of exploring Saskatoon’s public spaces late into the night in a safe and fun environment.

The 2018 Nuit Blanche theme is “See your city in a new light.” Organizers encourage projects that incorporate the use of spectacle and light and that interact with public spaces and Saskatoon’s urban landscape, creating opportunities for viewers to see our city differently and to explore areas they may not have entered before.

The Saskatchewan Craft Council will be activating the space in our back parking lot (between Bud’s and Vangelis/Black Cat Tavern) for Nuit Blanche 2018. 

From 7 to 10 pm, Vietnamese-Canadian paper artist Ba-Hung Tran will present an origami demonstration and will also teach participants how to fold their own pieces to take home. Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper.

Ba-Hung Tran will also be presenting Night Owl, an origami installation in our back parking lot that will be up all evening. The installation will consist of several paper folded owls up to 40 inches tall with lights inside their eyes. The owls will sit on tree branches with hanging origami stars of different designs and sizes surrounding them.

James Gerlinsky at Nuit Blanche 2015. Photograph by Candace Epp.

This project involves folding large-sized papers, which is a challenge. Through this project, Ba-Hung hopes to show the cleverness and complexity of the art of paperfolding. The content of the piece is very straightforward; it tries to capture the essence of the night, with images of night owls on trees underneath stars.

Blacksmith James Gerlinsky will be demonstrating his forging technique nearby the SCC (exact location to be announced). He will make many small metal leaves, which will be given away to the watching public.

SCC Gallery will also be open all evening. The exhibition on display will be Innatus Forma — a body of work by jeweller Kye-Yeon Son. This show strikes a fine aesthetic balance between Korean subtlety and North American expressionism. Vessels and brooches made from fine steel wire meticulously welded together create forms and volumes inspired by the Nova Scotia landscape. Movement through direction, space, volume, and texture is mastered in Son’s work, both sculptural and wearable.

“Child’s Play/It’s a Wrap” by Dee Lowe. Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2017. Photo by Ben Schmidt.

Nuit Blanche Regina


Call for Submissions

Deadline: May 15, 2018


On September 29th, 2018 Regina’s first Nuit Blanche festival will take place downtown at City Square Plaza, Victoria Park, and F.W. Hill Mall. Nuit Blanche Regina is a free, night time event that promotes the exploration of the city and creation of dialogue through art.

Nuit Blanche Regina will showcase a diversity of Saskatchewan artists and performers making projection based and electronic works, as well as artists making more traditional mworks that have an aspect of light, including theatre, dance, music, spoken word, and sculpture. The artworks will bring attention to downtown Regina by turning it into a vibrant and glowing space at night.

By taking place outdoors, Nuit Blanche Regina encourages artists to consider nature and urban spaces when developing their work. The artworks will be installed in Victoria Park, its surrounding streets and alleyways, as well as in storefronts and on sides of buildings in downtown Regina. Emerging and experienced visual and performing artists are encouraged to participate in this open call for artists. Community organizations and school groups wanting to create group art projects with an aspect of light are also welcome to apply.