After-dark festival returning on smaller scale this year, back in full force for 2019
Natasha Marshall was only too glad for her business to be a venue for last year’s Nuit150 festival in downtown Corner Brook.
With the event returning in 2018, albeit a pared down version, Marshall is hoping to more fully incorporate Bob’s Beauty Salon into the after-dark artistic celebration.
During last September’s festival commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday, the beauty salon had dancer Jessicah Blanchard doing a performance art piece on the shop’s front steps.
For this year’s event, which will be called CBNuit, Marshall wants to open the doors of the business and showcase the artistry and creativity of the people who work there. While all the details are not worked out, the initial idea is to invite people to come in off the street and have their hair styled in ways they wouldn’t normally consider.
“We thought we would do a hairthemed show that was interactive and would show people what we do in a fun, avant-garde sort of way,” she said. “You might walk out of the shop with big spikes on your head or something like that.”
She figures that sort of thing would fit well with a festival that emphasizes fun, audience participation and artistic ex- pression. It would also be a way to make the most of one of the venues being offered as part of CBNuit.
Louise Gauthier, the festival’s coordinator, said this year’s event will be smaller but the plan is to bring it back to full strength in 2019.
The festival, held Sept. 30 last year, was too late in the year for organizers to make the grant application deadline for the 2018 round of funding. In order to qualify for government funding assistance in 2019, the festival must hold an event in 2018.
The festival committee only last week decided it had garnered enough local corporate support to go ahead with at least a scaled-back version.
This year’s event, which will take place the night of Oct. 13 and is being dubbed a ‘petite nuit’ or small night, will be about half the size of the inaugural one that featured 28 artistic entries.
Gauthier said there will be between 12 to 15 performances this fall, including around 10 visual and performance art projects and the rest being musical performances.
Whereas last year’s festival covered all of West Street, this year it will be limited to the Rotary Arts Centre and Main Street area and along West Street to the Greenwood Inn and Suites and Todd Street area.
The committee will be accepting proposals from artists up until July 31 via email at email@example.com. The event has a page on Facebook and plans to launch a newly designed website by the end of June.
CBNuit, a smaller after-dark festival similar to Nuit150 from 2017, will hit Corner Brook in 2018.