Downtown Winnipeg parking lot to be converted into outdoor disco roller rink IG News

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For one night only, an Exchange District outdoor parking lot is being transformed into a ’70s-inspired disco roller rink.

The free event, called Illumiscate the Night, runs on Saturdays in downtown Winnipeg as part of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg.

Illumiskate is the brainchild of a trio of roller skating lovers, Signi Thorsteinson, Golda Ferrer and Jill Munro, who are affectionately known as the 3 Skate Sisters.

They originally met and bonded over their love of the sport through the Peg City Rollers Club.

“The Peg City Rollers were really formed in the middle of the pandemic, and I think it was common ground to find some sort of freedom in the midst of isolation. We really feel that freedom when we are on wheels,” Ferrer said in an interview with CTV Morning Live Winnipeg on Friday.

The trio got the idea for the event after seeing similar outdoor rinks during the pandemic in North America, Asia and Europe.

According to Ferrer, Illumiskat the Night would first be an outdoor roller rink in Winnipeg, although there was one in Riding Mountain National Park in the ’60s.

However, the Skate Sisters are drawing inspiration for their outdoor rink from the Flippers Roller Boogie Palace, an infamous Los Angeles rink that lit up brightly in pop culture in the late ’70s and early ’80s, only The reboot was to take place at Rockefeller Center in 2022. New York .

The Flippers Roller Boogie Palace closed its doors in Los Angeles over 40 years ago, but left an indelible mark on pop culture. It has since been rebooted at Rockefeller Center as an ode to the glory days of the late ’70s. (Source: Flippers Roller Boogie Palace/Instagram)

Winnipeg’s one-night-only roller rink is being built at an outdoor parking lot at 116 Market Avenue East.

It is one of dozens of events and installations taking place in downtown Winnipeg on Saturdays as part of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, an annual festival of contemporary art and culture.

Those out to skate are promised disco balls, thumping dance tunes, photo booths, and skaters in their best dazzling, over-the-top ’70s attire.

“We’re expecting about 80 skaters and anyone who wants to come come. As long as you have a pair of skates, you’re welcome to join us at the rink. Those who can’t skate can watch, ” Ferrer said.

– Joseph Bernaki of CTV. with files of