Culture Days & Nuit Blanche: Exploring art and community

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 by The Forks Market

There is no shortage of things to do this weekend with Culture Days and Nuit Blanche lighting up The Forks and the rest of the city. Culture Days happens all throughout the province, but there certainly is a huge concentration of things happening right here – SO much art, music, film, and dance!

We rounded up all the Culture Days and Nuit Blanche events and put them into neat little categories for you. Click on the event name for more information. 


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Artist Mash-Up

Come see the collaborative art-making process come to life! The Artist Mash-Up features a group of artists working together and melding their individual styles to create unique, collaborative works of art. Artists live paint to the beat while a dj performs, inspiring the flow of the creative process.

September 28 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

Chalkwalk with Winnipeg Design Festival

Join us at Students Day and witness how the visual arts and architecture collide with one another to [RE]imagine the concrete we walk on everyday.

September 28 | 10:00am to 3:00pm


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Mini Culture Days

Join the Children’s Museum in the great outdoors as we participate in Culture Days for another year. Decorate a plywood bubble with bubble wrap stamps and paint. Then use it to help fill our Splish Splash tank! Stop by between 10:00AM - 3:00PM on Friday and between 11:00AM - 3:00PM on Saturday and Sunday.

September 28-19 | Fri 10:00am to 3:00pm, Sat & Sun 11:00am to 3:00pm

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Join the Winnipeg Design Festival for a unique student focused installation: [RE] Building Blocks. Located at The Stage Under the Canopy, this special installation will consist of over one hundred 2x2x2 cardboard boxes that can be arranged and [RE] arranged in countless configurations. The limit is only your imagination!

September 28 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Free MTYP Drama Workshops for Students

As part of our Culture Days' "Student Day at The Forks,” Manitoba Theatre for Young People is offering four 50 minute drama workshops between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Teachers interested in submitting their students should register by emailing:

September 28 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Pursue Your Passion

Pursue Your Passion, brought to you by Health Canada with the purpose of educating youth and young adults on the risks of cannabis use, as it is becoming legal. This program aims to provide people with information in order for them to make informed choices on how the decisions they make now, will affect their future. Tap into your creative side with our interactive graffiti wall or DJ simulator. Or challenge yourself on our climbing wall. Come check out our engaging space and try some new activities!

September 28 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Storytelling with the Buffalo Gals Drum Group

Culture Days Manitoba is excited to present a unique Storytelling Day with Winnipeg's own: Buffalo Gals Drum Group. Over 400 students will learn about drumming and sacred teachings from an indigenous perspective. Buffalo Gals will lead students to sing, dance, share and drum together. Lessons will cover discussions about the importance of drumming in indigenous communities and how they have seen it transform lives.

September 28 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Mini Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche is a free all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art that takes place on the Saturday of the Culture Days weekend. All-night means different things to different people, and for us it means 8:30PM! So – seize the night, and come spark your creative learning after dark by enjoying FREE(*) admission to the museum galleries! It’s going to be a magical night filled with bubbles! Who said bubbles were just for the bathtub? With so many bubbles in the air, you might just float away on one!

(*)Please Note: The Children’s Museum reserves the right to control entry in accordance with occupancy and general admission policies. Free admission will be available on a first-come, first-served basis up to a maximum capacity of 800 people for this event.

September 29 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Moon (Picnic) II

Moon (Picnic) II includes a large, spherical, illuminated moon, and a fog machine and the installation will be activated with performances throughout the night.

The public is encouraged to bring gently used blankets to activate and define the space and leave behind as a donation for a local charity, Main Street Project, that serves the needs of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable residents.

Attendees are encouraged to interact, perform and activate the installation throughout the evening, in-between scheduled programming. Moon (Picnic) was first commissions and exhibited by the Lake Country Art Gallery in (Lake Country, BC) and was activated throughout the summer into the fall by opera singers, pianists and spoken word poets.

September 29 | 6:00pm to 2:00am

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Third Beach

Third Beach includes a virtual fire and large hearth that is intended to act as a warm, comforting gathering space. This bonfire, “burning” in the middle of the installation, rises up towards the canopy from a hearth of large, shiny black stone, creating an escalating choreography of dancing flames. The refracted and surreal fire is accompanied by the ambient sounds of digitally manipulated “crackle” and ‘pop”, something we associate with real fires. Stumps of various sizes are assembled around the fire for onlookers to sit on and take comfort. The fire continues to slowly grow before it dies down to embers and then begins to build in ferocity again.

third beach was created in response to the ongoing fire bans that have been implemented in the Okanagan Region of British Columbia in recent years. These bans have resulted in the loss of campfires as a social and gathering space, and questions how we redefine a relationship with fire that has gone from being thought of as a source of warmth and comfort to one of destruction?

September 29 | 6:00pm to 2:00am

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The Golden Bison

The Golden Bison Warming Hut returns to the Forks. Video projection mapping artist Reality Craig will turn this simple structure into the prairies most psychedelic bison. Reality Craig will use all original artwork.

September 29 | 9:00pm to 3:00am | Outside Manitoba Children's Museum

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Run For Your Lite

A human sized hamster wheel that powers a forge? This crazy idea was born out of a conversation between the owners of two custom design build shops; Cloverdale Forge, who utilizes traditional blacksmithing techniques to hand forge iron and steel and Wood Anchor, a company dedicated to giving new life to locally harvested trees and reclaimed wood. When makers connect the wildest ideas become brilliant realities. Come run the distance and ‘Run for Your Lite.’ Your human power will be pumping up the bellows of the blacksmith forges so they can make the anvil ring.

September 29 | 6:00pm to 2:00am

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#OnBeat Pop-up, Pow-wow

BYOR (Bring your own regalia) & get #OnBeat with Sons of the Drum at our two, pop-up, out-door, family-friendly locations in the heart of Winnipeg. The body of Indigenous regalia and dance encompasses a rich tradition of kinship and spirituality. Bring the family down to our mini, one day, urban pow-wow trail presented by Urban Shaman Gallery in partnership with the Wall-to-Wall- Festival.Sons of the Drum is a traditional drum group formed in 2014, from Roseau River that have performed all over the continent, from Toronto to Alburquerque. Members of the collective are Bill Dathrill Atkinson, Darcey Wayne Henry, Frank Daniels Junior, Garrett Ryan Henry, Jordan Starr, Jordan Seenie, Matt Mousseau, Nina Assiniboine Francis-Henry, Tyson Keith Henry & Travis Henry.

September 29 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm

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Wall-to-Wall Finale #2: The Forks Parkade Murals

Don’t take the stairs, take the ramp! Walk along the rampway to see #walltowallwpg’s newest murals painted by Toronto artists Ness Lee, BirdO and local artist-mentees Rene “Twio” Marriott and Bria Fernandez.

September 29 | 6:00pm to 2:00am

[RE]expose by The Winnipeg Design Festival

Come and [RE]expose yourself to design projects from across Manitoba. 

Join StorefrontMB for it's launch of two new publications: Jason Robins’ MB ARCH VOL_04 and Cool Gardens: A collection of temporary installations. In partnership with McNally Robinson.

September 29 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Interactive Artist Demonstrations

Join us while Manitoba visual artist Michel Saint Hilaire melds nature with architectural elements of design in his contemporary painting; marvel at potter Deb Browns' ability to transform a slab of clay into a sculpted piece or get insipired as Sylvia Cunningham creates her whimsical glass pieces.

September 29 & 30 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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TELUS Network of Art

Come explore Canada’s largest and fastest mobile network through an immersive art installation. Spanning 85 x 70 feet, hundreds of colourful spheres at varying heights will be strategically placed to resemble the vast landscape of Canada. By day, the eye-catching visual will be the perfect photo backdrop. By night, the installation will transform into an interactive custom light show using the latest cutting-edge technology.

September 29 | Sat 9:00am to 3:00am, Sun 9:00am to 8:00pm

[RE]roof by Winnipeg Design Festival

[RE]imagine mono-use spaces at the closing event of the Winnipeg Design Festival, which will highlight local designers through Architectural In[stall]ations, furniture, fashion, music and more.

September 29 | 4:00pm to midnight

[RE]form by Winnipeg Design Festival

The first installment of RE-FORM is taking place during Winnipeg Design Festival. RE-FORM aims to celebrate and connect women architects and designers.

September 29 | 6:00pm to 9:00pm




Bubba B the MC

The one an only Bubba B the MC will be kicking off Culture Days at The Forks! Check out his pop up performance at Stage Under The Canopy at 10am. Then Watch Bubba B to MC the other Pop up performances throughout the morning.

September 28 | 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Studio 393 Mic Check Program

Check out some of Winnipeg's best emerging young Hip Hop artists from Graffiti Art Programming/Studio 393's Mic Check Program.

September 28 | 11:15am to 11:45am


Sistema Winnipeg at the Forks

Join the students of Sistema Winnipeg for some fun orchestral music on the banks of the Red River. The ‘Beethoven Orchestra’ from King Edward School will make its third annual appearance at Culture Days Manitoba, and hopes to see you there!

September 28 | 11:50am to 12:25pm

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School of Rock at The Forks

Join the School of Rock for Culture Days' Student Day 2018! Pre-regsiter for exciting workshops, your chance to try out bass and electric guitar, drums, keys and vocals! Between 10am-11am & 1:00-2pm feel free to walk up and try our "musical petting zoo". Ready for some lessons? Email to reserve your spot in a free workshop!

September 28 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

Drumming and Dancing to the Beat

Join us in an Indigenous drumming circle with Metis cultural teacher Val Vint, who has been offering drumming and singing circles around Manitoba for 30+ years. Drumming circles are a joyous and gentle pathway to community development and harmony, and are an experiential way to share Indigenous teachings. Drums, shakers and other instruments will be provided.

September 29 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Make Your Noise!

Come find us at the Forks market and make your own instrument! From tambourines to maracas. If it makes noise, then it works! Once you're done, jam with us!

September 30 | 12:00pm to 5:00pm


Stop-motion animation workshop with Freeze Frame

Discover stop motion and create your own animated film by making your ideas come to life! Create personalized characters with paper or pipe cleaners and animate them by using cameras, iPevos and computers. Learn various techniques for stop-motion filmmaking and video editing!

September 28 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

Action!: Movie Directing Workshop

Film Training Manitoba will give participants a hands-on experience directing, shooting, and acting in a movie scene. This is a fun, interactive opportunity – you can choose to be the one calling the shots as the director, compose the scene through the camera lens, or star in the show as an actor!

Please email to register your class or child for this workshop.

September 28 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

Dominion presented by Winnipeg Design Festival

Lawrence Bird’s video installation [RE]awakens railroad infrastructure, mapping onto it satellite images harvested from Western Canadian landscapes – a critique of modern exploitation of resources.

September 29 | 8:00pm to 1:00am

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Encore Screenings from GFF 2018

Check out two encore screenings from the 2018 Gimli Film Festival including GFF Programming Committee’s Best of Fest pick, Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu, an impressive story by a young first-time feature filmmaker who – in the process of this film – must confront his friends and his own history in this fascinating portrait of masculinity and violence in middle America. Then hitch a ride into the dark heart of Australia with Soda_Jerk’s Terror Nullius for our second.

September 29 | 9:00pm to midnight 


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Bar Nano Pop-up | Esplanade

In support of micro establishments everywhere, and their value to the grain of the city, Storefront Manitoba presents Bar Nano, Canada’s smallest bar. Bar Nano is an outdoor micro shot bar installation, transported to and from site by bicycle, and powered by battery, in support of the ideas of active living and sustainability.

September 29 | 5:00pm to midnight

Bar Nano Pop-up | Parkade

In support of micro establishments everywhere, and their value to the grain of the city, Storefront Manitoba presents Bar Nano, Canada’s smallest bar. Bar Nano is an outdoor micro shot bar installation, transported to and from site by bicycle, and powered by battery, in support of the ideas of active living and sustainability.

September 29 | 5:00pm to midnight


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Harmony Warrior Kids Yoga

Join Harmony Warrior Yogis Jen Breckman and Kim Dorge for student focused workshops between 10AM-1PM at The Forks. To register your child or class please email:

September 28 | 10:00am to 1:00pm

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Egyptian Dance with Beth

From the land of pyramids and Cleopatra comes Egyptian dance (bellydance) and has developed over many centuries and reflects the joy and sorrow of life! From the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema to the modern pop music of Cairo streets the dance is perfect for all ages, genders and physical fitness levels. It is as much fun to watch as it is to perform!

September 28 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Global Development Obstacle Course

K.I.D.S. Initiative is hosting an obstacle course open to all age and demographics! The obstacle course allows individuals to experience a fun and interactive activity while learning about the differences in materials and resources from one country to another. Our staff and volunteers offer information about our programs, how to get involved, and provide an educational experience for both children and adults. Activity and education is FREE, but should you wish to make a donation you can be rest assured that 100% of proceeds will go directly to our Lemolo IDP Camp Water Borehole Project!

September 28 | 10:00am to 2:00pm

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Light The Night

Walk with us as we gather with families, friends, and coworkers to celebrate, honour, and remember those touched by cancer. 

Free to walk and register.
Pre-register here:

Or register in person between by 5 - 7 p.m.
Programming begins at 7 p.m. 

September 29 | 5:00pm to 9:30pm

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Cool Gardens Bicycle Tour by StorefrontMB

Join StorefrontMB for a bike cruise around The Forks and St Boniface and explore this year’s Cool Gardens installations. 

Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations offering a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in the downtown, bringing architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape.

September 29 | 2:30pm to 3:30pm


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