Petite nuit

Af­ter-dark fes­ti­val re­turn­ing on smaller scale this year, back in full force for 2019

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY GARY KEAN gary.kean@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

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 cbnuit@gmail.com. The event has a page on Facebook and plans to launch a newly de­signed web­site by the end of June.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

CBNuit, a smaller af­ter-dark fes­ti­val sim­i­lar to Nuit150 from 2017, will hit Cor­ner Brook in 2018.

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