Every year on the night of the full moon in November, everyone in Myanmar celebrates Ta Zaung Dine, a festival of light. Away from the glare of the neon lights, the big orange moon shines extra bright. Each house was lit up by candles, lanterns, and strings of colorful lights. People of all ages gathered to see the paper lanterns floating down the river. Occasionally fireworks and sparklers would go up to the cheering crowds. By the market, the atmosphere is even more festive where families bring their kids out to eat, buy new clothes and play games.
Every year Toronto closes down streets in the downtown core area and artists from all over the world set up installations. Nuit Blanche is a contemporary public art project that happens one night a year in different cities around the world. From sunset to sunrise, the dark Toronto streets get lit up and transformed into a weird and whimsical world. The theatrical carnival of light, sound, and kept the population entertained. This year, even though the weather was chilly, people still came out in droves and the streets were flooded with pedestrians.
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Nuit Blanche is a contemporary all-night art festival that happens in many major cities across the world. My visit to Canada for a friend’s wedding happened to coincide with this event, so I was excited to bundle up and wander the cold streets of Toronto checking out the public art installations. I was surprised and overwhelmed by the amount of people that poured into the downtown core area all with the same idea. The streets were alive with light, sound, and people creating a festive atmosphere.
This photo was taken in front of an H&M store on Queen Street whose facade was lit up as part of an art exhibit. The mesmerizing glow drew in people. I decided to try the technique of taking a picture within a picture, using my cellphone. Check back next week for a more posts from Toronto.
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