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Nuit Blanche to light up the night this Saturday in Downtown Red Deer

(Red Deer, AB) –  The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is pleased to announce the return of Nuit Blanche Red Deer this Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Nuit Blanche is an annual night-time arts and culture festival that celebrates the rapidly growing and diverse arts community in Central Alberta. This family-friendly event and features live art and music, the Warren Sinclair LLP artisan vendors’ village, food trucks, craft beer gardens, an opportunity for visitors to experience and/or participate in live art installations, and the “Nature Nuts” kids’ zone provided by the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society (WEES).

“The Downtown Business Association is looking forward to welcoming Red Deerians Downtown for this year’s Nuit Blanche festival,” said Tyler Bowman, Event Manager & Special Projects for the Downtown Business Association. “We have a few really creative installations we think the community will love. Add live entertainment, food trucks and kids’ activities, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

One of the interactive installations you can expect to find at the festival is the Locks of Love, a custom-fabricated steel heart that visitors can attach padlocks (love locks) to, to signify a couple’s love and commitment. The project is inspired by the famous Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own padlocks, but a limited number will be available for purchase on-site.

Over a dozen activities and installations will be placed throughout the Downtown, with the main hub at Parking Lot 4 on the corner of 49 Street and 49 Avenue (across from City Hall Park). The event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight and is free to attend.

The first Nuit Blanche event was held in Paris in 2002. There are now over 120 cities participating throughout the world, including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon. 2016 will mark Red Deer’s fourth Nuit Blanche event, and the first one hosted by the Downtown Business Association. For more information and updates, visit:
Web: www.downtownreddeer.com/about/nuit-blanche  |  www.nuitblanchereddeer.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NuitBlancheRedDeer
Twitter: @DowntownRedDeer  |  @NuitBlancheRD
#NBRD16

The organizing committee wishes to extend their gratitude to all sponsors and volunteers who helped make this event possible.

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The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business.

 

For more information, contact:

Tyler Bowman
Event Manager & Special Projects
Red Deer Downtown Business Association
403.340.8696
tyler@downtownreddeer.com
www.downtownreddeer.com

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Friday, August 19th 2016
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Monday, May 2nd 2016
(Red Deer, AB) –  The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is seeking project proposals from local artists for Nuit Blanche, a night-time arts festival scheduled for September 17, 2016. Nuit Blanche is an annual night-time arts and culture festival that celebrates the rapidly growing and diverse arts community in Central Alberta. This family-friendly event features live art and music, an artisan vendors village, food trucks, craft beer gardens, kids zone, and an opportunity for visitors to experience and/or participate in live art installations. Artists interested in creating installations for the event are asked to submit a proposal that describes the details of their project idea. Application forms are available at www.downtownreddeer.com/about/nuit-blanche and are due May 20, 2016. “We’re looking for people or groups to submit ideas for engaging installations suitable for an outdoor, night-time environment,” said Tyler Bowman, Event Manager for the Downtown Business Association. “Projects can include interactive components, and can be made of a variety of materials of the artists’ choice, though participants are reminded the event is temporary and time for setup and takedown is limited.” The first Nuit Blanche event was held in Paris in 2002. There are now over 120 cities participating throughout the world, including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon. 2016 will mark Red Deer’s fourth Nuit Blanche event, and the first one hosted by the Downtown Business Association. For more information on Nuit Blanche Red Deer, visit www.downtownreddeer.com/nuit-blanche or  www.facebook.com/NuitBlancheRedDeer. The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business. – end – For more information, contact: Tyler Bowman Event Manager and Special Projects Red Deer Downtown Business Association 403-340-8696...
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(Red Deer, AB) – Red Deer Airport and the Downtown Red Deer Business Association announce Rosie Red Photo Contest. This fall, capture your travel experience with Downtown’s Rosie Red and you could win a travel-related prize from Red Deer Airport and the Downtown Red Deer Business Association. The Airport and the Downtown Business Association are joining forces to introduce a photo contest beginning September 18 and continuing through October 29. Weekly prizes include adventure travel packages, car rental vouchers, restaurant and retail gift certificates and more. The grand prize: two flight tickets from Air Canada for travel in North America. “This contest is a fun and interactive way to showcase the many Canadian, US and International destinations that Central Albertans can access through the Red Deer Airport as the start of their trip” said RJ Steenstra, CEO Red Deer Airport Authority. “By partnering with the Downtown Business Association, we are also able to highlight the fantastic businesses and services available in the Red Deer downtown core.” “We’re thrilled to announce this contest and showcase all of what Downtown Red Deer has to offer, both to local residents and international travelers,” said Amanda Gould, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Association.   How the contest works Travelers can pick up a free Rosie Red travel companion in the departure area at the Red Deer Airport. They shoot photos of Rosie on an adventure, shopping, dining, relaxing, or visiting famous locations anywhere around the world and upload the best shots to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FlyRedDeerwithRosie (one photo submitted per traveller per week). Every week September 18th through October 29th the best photo submitted will be awarded a travel related prize from a Downtown Red Deer business. On November 2nd all photos submitted will be entered into the grand prize draw for two Air Canada flight vouchers. Participating Downtown businesses: Pursuit Adventures, Budget Car Rental, Sunworks, Tangles Hair and Spa Studio, Red Boar Smokery, To The Lost, The Travelman. Please note: To ensure your submission is received, tag either @DowntownRedDeer or @FlyRedDeer with each photo entry. Each entry will receive a reply from either the Downtown Busineses Association or the Red Deer Airport to acknowledge it has been received and entered into both draws.   For more information, contact: RJ Steenstra, MBA, AAE, IAP Chief Executive Officer | RDRAA 403-886-4388 rj.steenstra@flyreddeer.com www.flyreddeer.com Amanda Gould Executive Director, Red Deer Downtown Business Association 403-340-8696 amanda@downtownreddeer.com...
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