Ottawans can experience a fresh collection of photography, music, live body art, and theatre at Bleu Nuit, a one-of-a-kind artistic exhibition being held at the Fall Down Gallery on Fri. March 16.

The multimedia performance art show will be revolutionary to Ottawa’s art scene, said Nilton De Menezes, the event’s organizer.

He said Ottawa’s assortment of artistic competence remains undiscovered, and therefore unappreciated. “The people of Ottawa are constantly concerning themselves with which mainstream musicians are touring next, without the realization that exceptional talent exists here in our very city.” Nilton attributes disinterest with Ottawa’s underground art scene to a lack of promotion.

Irene Barrot Vasquez, whose work will be displayed Friday, agreed that the vibe of the evening would be different. “Ottawa has a very conservative art scene,” she said, adding that the provocative nature of her work will surprise many people. Bleu Nuit will feature Vasquez’s 1960s-style nude photography collection, titled “Business, Casual, Fun.” She said her vintage style remains consistent throughout her work.

Other local artists participating in Bleu Nuit include painter and illustrator Ariane Beauchamp, and Zoo Legacy, a hip hop and alternative rock band.

De Menezes grew up on bands like of Montreal, Clues, and various Portuguese and Brazilian artists. Those musical tastes are evident in his own work, which he will perform under the moniker NDMA.

De Menezes’ vision for Bleu Nuit is for people to experience a mélange of various art forms, working together to create “something that no one has ever done before, something exciting.

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