on September 24, 2014
BY CHRISTINA STURDIVANT
Since 2011, Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC has transformed the Shaw neighborhood into an oasis of visual and performing arts, music, film, fashion and poetry for one night only. The annual arts festival, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), is back with massive expansions, September 27.
The festival will reach all quadrants of the city through partnerships with five main street associations: Dupont Circle, North Capitol, H Street NE, Congress Heights and Shaw. Each neighborhood has created distinct programming that will collectively create a citywide experience like no other.
Nuit Blanche originated in France in 2002, when Parisians were encouraged to explore their city in a transformative way, with an emphasis on advanced lighting and projections.
“It’s a pretty extraordinary festival—it’s a real cosmopolitan and artistic experience for everybody,” says Ariana Austin, who visited the festival as a twenty-five-year-old teaching assistant in Paris.
This year, Art Soiree will take over the North Capitol street location, which should be promising, says Austin. Three massive outdoor spaces will encompass live performances, graffiti art, video screenings, whimsical creations, live painting, body art and light installations for a cultural experience in an urban environment.
Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 27 and conclude at 3:00 am Sunday, September 28.