Building on a tradition established in France the mid-’80s, Detroit will join the international festival of electricity known as Nuit Blanche (“White Night”) for the first time this year, with DLECTRICITY — a two-night celebration that will stage a series of light-based art and cultural events at various locations around the city, this Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6.
The festival coincides with the official Nuit Blanche, in it’s 10th year in Paris, as well as “Bring to Light” in New York. Since its inception, nighttime festivals of this sort have come to be celebrated in over 100 other cities, including Havana, Barcelona and St. Petersburg, with countless others becoming candidates every year (Melbourne is rumored to be planning to join the fun in 2013).
It bears consideration what a Nuit Blanche will look like in a city that notoriously struggles to keep its street lights operational, but DLECTRICITY has a exciting array of events lined up, including free shadow puppet theater at the DIA, a participation-friendly Light Bike Parade — with OmniCorps Detroit hosting a Light Bike Workshop at 5 p.m. on Saturday to get your ride illuminated before the event, and more than 30 other happenings bringing light to the city.
Without a doubt, DLECTRICITY is going to be an exciting spectacle, so get on your light bike and ride!