Nuit Blanche, the annual arts festival that has been captivating Torontonians for 12 years, is traveling East of the city for its 2018 edition. 

Nuit Blanche 2018 will be breaking new grounds, both figuratively and literally as a large part of the night festival will take place in Scarborough for the first time. 

Centering around Scarborough's Civic Centre, the 2018 exhibit will happen at the same time as its Toronto counterpart on September 29th, 2018. 

What you can expect from the eastern half of this art festival, is for its Scarborough curator to address some serious social issues through the installations she chooses to include in the event. 

"You always hear about Scarborough as a place that’s underprivileged, that’s at risk, that’s a 'priority,'" said Alyssa Fearon. "I really think that does a disservice to what’s happening there. There’s a lot of resilience, a lot of creativity. That’s what I want to illuminate — the great things that are there already." 

Based on how Nuit Blanche 2017 focused on social justice issues and expressed a very strong activist tone, visitors to the 2018 East-meets-West exhibit might expect to encounter similar political commentary. 

And according to Scarborough's director of arts and culture, Patrick Tobin, choosing Scarborough for continuing these important discussions about sociopolitical issues was not an accident, nor was the theme for Nuit Blanche 2018: "You Are Here." 

As recent statisitcs have shown that more than half of Toronto's population identifies as a visible minority, Tobin believes that "You Are Here" sends a strong, poignant message that clearly embraces the city's evolving demographic and culture. 

Nuit Blanche's "You Are Here" kicks off at dusk on September 29, 2018. 

Source: The Star

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