The White Night
The Nuit Blanche or ‘white night’ is when Paris really does stay up until dawn. On Saturday, October 7th, the city is all lit up, public transport runs all night and the emphasis is very much on the arts. You can stroll around the city to see all kinds of displays, installations and performances. Many of museums and institutions of the city join in and there is so much for the family to see and do.
This year’s must-sees
- We can’t wait to see what choreographer and dancer Olivier Dubois creates with 300 dancers and 150 amateur musicians when they take over the Canopée des Halles.
- Train company SNCF is even in on the act as they use the disused railway tracks in the 18th district for all kinds of performances.
- The Philharmonie and the Cité de la Musique are hosting four unusual concerts throughout the night and a special opportunity to visit the Cité de la Musique museum collections, which will be alive with concerts, mini-conferences a “Shadows and Light” show.
- MLP favourite the Cent Quatre (104) in the 19th district will host one of its Bal Pop dance events. For Nuit Blanche, you are invited to dance the night away at a Bal Pop event directed by artist Ruth Ewan.
- How about a nighttime visit to the Grand Palais to check out the Irving Penn exhibition at night, for free?
- Over in the 16th district, the Goethe Institute is hosting performances and art installations from Frankfurt.
- We might head over to the Montparnasse Tower observatory to look at night time Paris from 210 metres high. Galactic installations have been created for the event and access is free from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Take the kids along to the Pompidou, where there will be activities for them from 7pm until 8.30pm. While you’re there, take a look to see what Jakarta’s art collective Ruangrupa are up to as they take over part of the Pompidou.
Ooh, we are excited! Nuit Blanche is a fabulous chance to see Paris in all her creative glory. Get out there and enjoy!
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