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Nuit Blanche cancels 2016 Ottawa festival

Lack of funding to pay organizers is a factor in the cancellation, according to the festival’s managing director

Last year's Nuit Blanche.

Courtesy Nuit Blanche Ottawa Gatineau

Last year's Nuit Blanche.

Ottawa’s annual art festival, Nuit Blanche, has announced the cancelled of this year’s event.

According to managing director Ariane Nazroo, a number of factors went into the decision.

“After last year’s event we had a meeting with the community and the collaborators and partners to think about future steps to Nuit Blanche,” said Nazroo. “In the past it has been a volunteer-based organization and we’ve been a very small team of volunteers. But after this year we decided to take some time to restructure and to build towards the future of the event.”

One of the contributing factors behind the delay is a lack of money to pay Nuit Blanche’s organizers, she said. Nazroo pointed out that people often talk about artists not being paid for events like this.

“But actually a reality also is that the team building the event doesn’t get paid, either. So that’s what we’re building towards right now.” Nazroo said. “I think where we lack is logistics and a core team for the event.”

According to Nazroo, artist participation has been growing every year, and was not a factor in deciding to cancel this year’s events.

Nazroo says Nuit Blanche is working with major partners and collaborators for the 2017 show.