This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Nuit Blanche arts festival in Paris. Nuit Blanche means “white night” (also translated as “sleepless night”), a term used in high-latitude countries to describe summer solstice days when the sun never sets. Since the eighties the Nuit Blanche was conceived to be an all-night arts festival, and in 2001, Paris mayor Delanoë’s administration hired the originator to start a Nuit Blanche here in Paris.
During Nuit Blanche it is said that the city of Paris becomes a de facto art gallery, with museums, galleries and cultural institutions open and free to the public.
This year 30 artists from across the globe are participating around the theme of “time”. Mayor Delanoë explains: “For its 10th anniversary, Nuit Blanche is not slowing down, but rather inventing and reinventing itself, whilst still remaining true to its main aim of bringing together artists at work and an ever increasing audience of Parisians, lovers of Paris, residents of the metropolis, visitors, etc.”
This year events will be taking place around:
- Hôtel de Ville
- La nouvelle Athènes – Saint-Georges
- Elsewhere in Paris
- Outside of Paris
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