Party all night at Nuit Blanche and Celebrate Black Excellent at Gala Dynastie
This Saturday February 29th 2020, welcomes not only another leap year, but also marks the end of Black History Month and rings in the joyful all night celebrations held during Montreal’s 17th edition of Nuit Blanche.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Gen’s Delights got you covered :
Nuit Blanche: the
Most Awaited night of the Year
Hosted by Montreal en Lumieres, this annual night-time arts festival will offer in 2020 over 200, mostly free cultural activities ranging from poetry, visual arts, dance, music, comedy, film, games and more taking place in the city’s numerous museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge to all.
To facilitate access to these activities, the Montreal Metro and STM busses will be running all
night long to allow participants to explore the city as it turns into a de
facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances, themed
social gatherings, and other activities.
Some event highlights
1. Enjoy free outdoor
activities at Place des Festival site and Dance the night away at the Phi
Don your snow pants and parka and brave the cold atop the lighted Ferris wheel. Take a moment to revisit childhood as you go down the slide at the main festival site at the Quartier des Spectacles and enjoy live artistic / acrobatic performances by the Dynamo troupe from 7:30 p.m.
Finish the night by dancing up a storm to the lively beats
of onsite DJ sets (including Montrealer CastNowski).
DJs will also be taking over the Phi Centre for free concerts as of 9 p.m.
Montreal-based DJ , Sies
Marlan, from the music project of Anne
Bertrand will be playing a hypnotic house set at 10:30 pm and Ian Campeau,
one of the pioneers of Indigenous
electronic music genre Electric Powwow, or Powwow-Step and the co-founders
and former member of the Juno Award-winning band A Tribe Called Red is set to
play tonight at 12:30 am .
Both of Montreal’s dedicated art museums are inviting both
the young and old to get in touch with their creative side by participating in a
variety of craft-related workshops.
At the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC), On the program: three exhibitions and an art workshop where you can paint a northern landscape inspired by the work Arctic Night, 1984, by Kathleen Margaret Graham.
At the Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts, uncover the secrets of Egypt by visiting the Egyptian
mummies exhibition at half price admission ($12). Try your hand at writing hieroglyphs on scrolls
and join the collective mural of recycled papyrus and enjoy a musical
prestation inspired by Egyptian culture.
Workshops begin at 6 p.m., music at 8 p.m.
Museums close at 2am .
3. Montreal’s Latest
Foodie Hub: Le Central offers gastronomic platters for 5$ and 10$
To Celebrate Nuit Blanche, and as part of La Grande Bouffe, (which also took
place last Feb 22nd) , the 25 restaurateurs from the gourmet hall of
Place-des-Arts are inviting the public to feast with them, with a menu offered at
a reduced price !
You can therefore, exceptionally, taste a variety of dishes
concocted specially for this gastronomic event, for the modest amounts of $ 5
and $ 10 each platter.
For the Full Program
of Nuit Blanche please visit:
This Sunday, to mark the end of Black history month, the 4th edition of Gala Dynastie will be held at Theatre
The mission of the Gala is to honor the accomplishments of
members of the black community in Quebec.
Celebrated as part of Black
History Month, this festive and unifying event aims to recognize the
genius, talent, work and passion that drive key players in Quebec society. This
gala is much more than just an awards ceremony. It is a showcase that sheds
light on the sometimes unexposed achievements of highly talented personalities
and, above all, to demonstrate that diversity is essential in our society and
that it needs to be celebrated more often.
The Gala aims to ensure that the image and achievements of
black communities in Quebec are conveyed in a positive way in the social,
cultural and artistic spheres.
Each year, some twenty
Dynastie trophies will be awarded to dedicate the talent and excellence of
artisans from the cultural, artistic and media communities of Quebec. A jury of
approximately 30 hand-picked members conduct a rigorous analysis to determine
the finalists and winners in each category.
This fourth edition of The Dynastie Gala that officially closes Black History Month will include a red carpet , a lavish after party cocktail and numerous musical performances all evening long.