BYPASS 2014 - Over the last two Nuit Blanche events in our region we have asked artists to respond to the concept of community. This year we are asking artists to turn that idea on its head and instead tell us about the positive and negative aspects of a BYPASS. The Oxford Dictionary says that the noun bypass is ‘A road passing … its centre to provide an alternative route for through traffic…[and] A secondary channel, pipe, or connection to allow a flow when the main one is closed or blocked.’

As artists strive to develop original work they bypass age-old systems, they pull apart theory and research, they build in new directions. We can identify with this work ethic as programmers and curators in the National Capital Region and as the builders of our Nuit Blanche. We can all be radical, awkward and naïve, but we can also all give it our best shot to innovate. We want to know how you bypass your way through this city both culturally and creatively. Don’t be afraid of building something new. We give you the platform from which to extend off of.

Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau is a 1 night per year, dusk-until-dawn celebration of multidisciplinary art and local culture that takes place across multiple venues and within the cityscape of Ottawa and Gatineau. Nuit Blanche showcases the creativity and cohesion of the local community and the success of its industries. Approximately 160 artists took part in the inaugural event, and it was attended by approximately 30 000 smiling people on September 22nd, 2012, between 6pm and 4am.
NBOG is a platform for recognizing the region within the national and international arts and festival scene, and it fosters the region as a cultural destination.