Ice Sculpting Competition in Front of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Noel Night is a night of cultural exuberance and indulgence for Detroiters. We come together and celebrate through song, dance, theater, and art the spirit and joy associated with the holiday season. This year marks the 39th occasion of Noel Night festivities.

Noel Night activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit’s Midtown district. Every year Noel Night highlights music, theater, and dance organizations from the Detroit area. Here is an except taken from their website:

The 39th annual Noel Night will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, from 5:00pm-9:30pm in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center Area. Over 60 Midtown venues open their doors to the public FREE of CHARGE during this Cultural Center-wide holiday “open house.”  Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 120 area music, theatre, and dance groups. The evening’s festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band—a long-standing Noel Night tradition.

The full schedule of events is available on their web page and this year, with over 60 participating venues in Midtown Detroit, the list is long. I took at look at the list and highlighted a few performances that I thought would be worth taking a look at.

  • At 6 P.M at the Museum of Contemporary Art the Starlicker Trio performs. They are a Jazz Combo that is deeply rooted in the Chicago sound and International avant-garde, Jazz and Rock scenes. The Starlicker Trio excels in producing sound with energy, a sense of immediacy and beautiful careful arrangements.
  • At 7:15 P.M. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History the Violin Divas perform. They are a group of semi-professional violinists that perform classical numbers. They performed the Brandenburg concerto last year at Noel Night.
  • At 8 P.M. in the Maggie Allesse Studio Theater inside of Old Main there is a performance by the Wayne State University Dance Company.

Also one of the night-long events is the Ice Sculpting Competition between Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies students. It takes place on Woodward Avenue between the Main Public Library and the DIA.  It’s really cool to watch and I plan on using that to close out my Noel Night this year.

There is available lot parking and free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. So brave the cold and come enjoy a night of culture in Midtown Detroit!