The Nuit Blanche (White Night) has become one of the most popular events on the Paris cultural calendar. It’s an opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy art in Paris in a relaxed and unusual way and have a lot of fun doing it – every first Saturday of October.
Stay up and party with Parisians until the early hours of Sunday morning to appreciate the city’s artistic vibe. A multi-cultural event which takes place across the greater Paris region, the Nuit Blanche happens at museums, libraries, monuments, religious buildings, tourist sites, cinemas, parks and gardens, hospitals and universities.
The city of light stays up for a massive nocturnal art festival, as crowds stroll along the lit up streets and admire artwork. Discover Paris by night, when the change in light offers even the most famous monuments an air of mystery and fascination. Installations and special exhibitions by French and international artists will be dotted all around the capital and the surrounding region.
Nuit Blanche is a relatively young affair, it began in 2002 and has gained huge popularity attracting 2 million people in 2013. It takes place on the first Saturday of October each year.
What is Nuit Blanche?
Nuit Blanche, a white night, a sleepless night or all-nighter – in the case of Nuit Blanche Paris it’s an occasion when art is celebrated in all its forms for one special night. Art galleries and museums open their doors and invite the public in for free. Some of them put on special exhibitions, music, candle lit walks – there is a grand programme of events and this year is bigger than ever taking place on both the right and left banks.
When: October 4th, 2014 from 19h until the next day!
Tips to make the most of Nuit Blanche Paris 2014
So that you can find your way, an artistic route called the ‘Grande Randonnée Artistique’ (G.R.A.) will run through Paris. Follow the blue line which maps out the itinerary or ask one of the helpful guides on the route – there are around eighty of them wearing their Nuit Blanche white jackets. You will discover sculptures, street art, digital art installations, choreography and performances by fifty or so artists.
There is a helpful free app you can download (below) with lots of details.
Fabulous street food
Food trucks will be available along the route and some restaurants and cafés will stay open all night.
See the Paris Town Hall website for more details and the full programme: Paris.fr