Music, visual art, and multimedia collide in Winnipeg this month for the seventh edition of the Wall-To-Wall Mural + Culture Festival. This year's programming includes two unique events highlighting multi-disciplinary collaboration and centring music.
On September 26, the festival will launch and celebrate the collaborative music and art video with a special Nuit Blanche event, kindred. Featuring the youth in Wall-To-Wall's dance and vocal performance mentorship, a portion of the video produced by mentored youth and BNB Studios and performances by Eekwol with T-Rhyme and Bret Parenteau. Held at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the event is a partnership with sākihiwē festival, Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, and the WAG, and supported by Graffiti Art Programming, Synonym Art Consultation, Manitoba Music, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Find out more about kindred
UPDATE: The Nuit Blanche event will be moving online and live streaming from Facebook and Youtube on Saturday, September 26 at 8PM CT.
On October 2 and 3, Wall-To-Wall will present another collaboration, Afterglow / Les Derniers Reflets, featuring a new mixed media installation from electro-alternative artist Rayannah. With two performances taking place at Théâtre Cercle Molière. The immersive production of her award-winning debut full-length album, Nos repaires, with musician and co-producer Mario Lepage (Ponteix), dancers Emily Solstice Tait and Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Stephan Azulay, contortionist Anastasia Evsigneeva. Audiences will be guided through a designated route from a safe distance by projections and scenographic components conceptualized by video artist Stephanie Kuse (Sckuse) and lighting designer Miguel Fortier. Find out more about Afterglow / Les Derniers Reflets
Wall-To-Wall will also host mentorship opportunities for youth interested in exploring street art and music with the Graffiti Art Programming, which also runs youth art and music programming through Studio 393. Mentors include Song Gully, Grape Experiential, Ila Barker, and many more. Check out all the Wall-To-Wall mentors
Folks can take in the mural sites and connect with the artists as they create their art through the city. Find out more about the visual artists
Launched in 2014 by local arts initiative Synonym Art Consultation, Wall-to-Wall is a mural and culture festival that takes place across Winnipeg, Manitoba on original lands of Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation and Treaty 1 Territory. It sees the creation of multiple indoor and outdoor murals across the city and celebrates each new work of art with unique events. The festival culminates with a huge celebration that coincides with Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, bringing together diverse communities around art, music, dance, and more. The festival takes place annually, from September 1-30.