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October's CBNuit after-dark arts festival in Corner Brook starting to take shape

Louise Gauthier is shown in this file photo.
Louise Gauthier is shown in this file photo. - Star file photo

During the planning stages of this year’s CBNuit after-dark arts festival, co-ordinator Louise Gauthier said organizers had to be ruthless.

There were 19 project ideas submitted, but they could only pick eight.

“That’s tough to do,” she said. “You don’t want to say no to anybody, you want to support everybody’s work.”

The eight projects that made the proverbial cut, however, she said are fantastic and fit within the smaller budget the festival has this year.

Last year’s festival, Nuit150 commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday, covered all of West Street, but this year’s version will only occupy about half the street.

“But it’s going to be nice and full,” Gauthier said. “It will have a really great, dynamic feeling.”

While the creative aspect of the event planning has been no real issue for the artistically inclined Gauthier, the fundraising side has been a bit more challenging. She said the event has gotten some corporate financial support, but she’s disappointed there wasn’t more.

The smaller scale of the festival doesn’t actually make it any easier to plan, she said, since all the elements — such as security, vendors, publicity, and the website — still have to be in place, but since it’s a second go-around, things have moved along a little smoother.

“We’ve got the recipe down,” she said. “There’s a lot less stress about it.”

The festival, which runs Oct. 13, will be a multi-discipline, cross-pollination of theatre, visual arts and sound.

In order to apply for granting from Canadian Heritage, the event needed to happen over two days, so organizers have created an evening on Oct. 12 that will be a meet and greet with sponsors and artists, but also see a project come together.

Various community groups — about 15 in total, including Boy Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh, and schools — will create flags from recycled materials. The flags will then be delivered to a group of visual artists and rug hookers, who will assemble the flags, which will then be displayed from light post to light post up and down the street during the festival the following night.

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