Date(s) - April 02, 2016 - April 03, 2016
3:05 pm - 3:05 am
NUIT BLANCHE ATHENS
NOCTURNAL ARTS FESTIVAL
CREATING A WHOLE NEW MEANING FOR PAINTING THE TOWN
April 2 – 3, 2016
3:05PM – 3:05AM
DREAMING! ENGAGING! The ARTS
For one magical and sleepless night, experience Athens transformed by ARTISTS. All you need to bring is your IMAGINATION!!!
Nuit Blanche (meaning White Night, in French) is an annual all-night arts festival which is currently active annually in nearly 120 cities from around the world including: Paris, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Brussels, Rome, Madrid, Melbourne, and Athens, Ohio. A Nuit Blanche includes the participation of private and public cultural institutions which are open and free of charge to the public, whereby the whole town or city ‘itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings and other activities. The Festival becomes a place where our student community can explore in a positive and safe way the “magic and the mysteries of the night” through the arts. “Nuit Blanche was created in Paris in 2002 to bring contemporary art to the public.”
Nuit Blanche Athens
Nuit Blanche Athens is established and co-directed by Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge and Dr. Paschal Yao Younge (directors of the Annual Ohio University World Music and Dance Festival and Concert, and the AZA!! African Music and Dance Concert) in conjunction with Ohio University Division of Dance and School of Music and Azaguno. The Nuit Blanche Athens Festival seeks to energize the spring season in Athens and consequently consolidate the town’s position as a cultural, gastronomic and festive jewel in southeast Ohio. Nuit Blanche Athens spotlights both Ohio University students, faculty and as well as Athens community artists. It also introduces unique national and international artists–scholars to our community.
Nuit Blanche Athens is a full sensory experience whereby the city as a whole stays up for a massive nocturnal arts festival. Students, staff, faculty, parents (Mom’s Weekend), and residents will actively engage in several artistic activities, for example: spontaneous instructor led sight specific dance performance in an alleyway (think of the game twister) or be able to stroll the streets and admire (local, regional, national and international) artworks and crafts in unique spaces such as, Create_Space graduate students (directed by Mr. Nathaniel Berger) presenting interactive work in Court Street store fronts; or poetry reading/dramatic performance by a person drinking latte at the Donkey Coffee and Espresso café. It will be a joyful and sleepless night of “Free Art” whereby participants across gender, age and disciplines can observe, actively engage in and interact with various art forms for approximately 12 hours.
Pre-Nuit Children’s Arts Festival
@Howard Park, 3:05pm-5:00pm
Come join us for arts, crafts, and performances!
Athens Cinema Downtown, College Gate, Glidden Recital Hall, Howard Park, Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater, The Front Room (Baker Center), 31 South Court Street (Woolworth Building) and much more!
Arts for Ohio, College of Fine Arts, Division of Dance, School of Music, Office of the Dean of Students – UFund, Kennedy Lecture Series, Multicultural Programs, Black Student Cultural Programming Board (BSCPB) and OhioDance
Zelma Badu-Younge & Paschal Yao Younge
Zelma Badu-Younge, Paschal Yao Younge, Jennifer Petrie
Brittni Barranco, Samorra Dower, & Kingsley Lims Nyarko
Multiple locations in Athens