Nuit Blanche 2022: Collective Effervescence

Special Event

Nuit Blanche 2022: Collective Effervescence

Date: Saturday, October 1–Sunday, October 2, 2022

The City of Toronto's popular Nuit Blanche celebration is returning to the Museum on the evening of October 1–2. 


From sunset to sunrise, experience the joy of Collective Effervescence by embarking on a captivating journey of art, dance, and music at the Aga Khan Museum, Aga Khan Park, and the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Reflect on the environmental impact of colour with Colour of the Year, a new installation by Meera Sethi, immerse yourself in I will stay there, even if in piecesa striking installation by Zahra Saleki, and enjoy an entrancing program filled with live music, dance, and visual art — all night long.


Make sure to explore the Museum's Permanent Collection for free and take in special performances by the Little Pear Garden Theatre, Bageshree Vaze, and Indrajit Banerjee and Nandkishor Muley. Tickets will be issued one hour before each performance on a first come, first served basis. 


Learn more about the performers



Open until midnight | Permanent Collections Gallery
Free admission after 5:30 pm


7 pm–7 am
Zahra Saleki | I will stay there, even if in pieces
Aga Khan Museum tunnel (lower level parking garage)


7 pm–7 am
Meera Sethi | Colour of the Year
Aga Khan Park


7 pm
Little Pear Garden Dance Company | Restrospect


7 pm, 8:30 pm
Lauriel Inc.
Performance | Bellerive Room


7:30 pm, 8:45 pm
Performance | Courtyard


7:45 pm, 9:15 pm
Shn Shn
Performance | Bellerive Room


8 pm
 Rashmi Mishra | Art and Spirit: Devotional Dances
Ismaili Centre, Toronto


8:30 pm
Bageshree Vaze


10 pm
Moneka Family | Healing Rhythms
Ismaili Centre, Toronto


10 pm, 11:30 pm, 1 am
Tamar Ilana and Demetri Petsalakis | Electro Flamenco
Performance | Courtyard


10:15 pm, 11:45 pm
Performance | Bellerive Room


11 pm
Indrajit Banerjee and Hindole Majumdar | Scintillating Sitar


11 pm, 12:30 am
Andrew Afework and Bombay 
Performance | Bellerive Room


12 am
Sama with Rumi Canada
Ismaili Centre, Toronto



Featured Installations


Colour of the Year
Meera Sethi
Aga Khan Park
7 pm–7 am


Transforming the reflective pools in the Aga Khan Park into a contemplative installation, Meera Sethi's Colour of the Year invites us to consider the impact and materiality of colour as it interacts with wind, water, and spirit. The installation addresses the impact that industrial fast fashion factories have on the environment and the communities that depend on nearby lakes and rivers.




Meera Sethi is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose research-based practice explores fashion and materiality from critical, feminist, and anti-colonial perspectives. She engages in drawing, painting, fibre, social practice, and performance to contemplate migration and its relationship to memory, cloth, and care with a special interest in the history of South Asia.


I will stay there, even if in pieces
Zahra Saleki
Aga Khan Museum tunnel
Located in the lower level parking garage
7 pm–7 am


Zahra Saleki’s installation I will stay there, even if in pieces takes over the tunnel located in the Aga Khan Museum to showcase the ways in which the plight of displaced people brings communities together to work towards providing communal support. The immersive installation places you at the centre of poetic imagery inspired by journalistic photos of asylum seekers from all over the world.




Zahra Saleki is an Iranian Canadian photographer and installation artist based in Toronto. Fuelled by the belief that art has the ability to impact audiences' worldviews and shift their perspectives, Saleki's work explores feminism, migration, and the societal effects of conflict. Her work has been displayed in several art museums and galleries including the Art Gallery of Ontario. 


Getting to the Museum


The Museum is easy to get to by public transit. From downtown, take the 100A from Broadview station, the 25B, or the 925 from Pape station. From the north, take the 925  bus southbound on Don Mills Rd (route begins at Steeles). Use the TTC's Trip Planner to plan your route.

The Museum is accessible by car via Don Mills Rd, Eglinton Ave East, or the Don Valley Parkway (DVP). Take the Wynford Dr exit.

Bicycle parking is available free of charge.


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