Nuit Blanche in Paris is Back, and Bigger Than Ever

Nuit Blanche in Paris is Back, and Bigger Than Ever

Paris is set for its customary annual art all-nighter and it’s promising to be better than ever. On the first Saturday of October, the city stays up all night for ‘Nuit Blanche’, a major public art celebration combining installations, events, music, and, this time, even a parade.

Spheres, Nuit Blanche 2019 Paris © Hans Walter Müller, Elise Juillot (Mirettes)

In the spirit of Paris as the host of the Olympic Games 2024, the theme for this 18th edition of Nuit Blanche on October 5 is “movement”, inviting us to see the city in a different way, through the eyes of the artists that explore all forms of expression in contemporary art. The whole city will be criss-crossed by ‘walking artists’ and the ring road will be transformed into a lighted cycling ‘velodrome’, while a parade of giant floating figures will traverse the streets in carnival mode, accompanied by music groups, culminating with more music at the Place de la Bastille.

Plasticiens – Godzilla, Nuit Blanche Paris ©J.P Estournet

Bringing into the fold the worlds of sports and culture, this edition of Nuit Blanche extends beyond the city limits and also offers unusual innovations such as a “culture run” through the city where experienced runners, athletes, amateurs and walkers take the rhythm of art along two 10-km routes going through some of the best-known cultural and historical spots.

To bring alive the city, a series of temporary Stations will offer surprises like a great bell that seems to have fallen from heaven, installed by Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, or a paradisiacal ‘party-rave’ by Julian Charrière, and even karaoke at the Opéra-Comique, just to name a few in an incredibly rich and varied program for this major cultural highlight in Paris.

The Moonless Nighe,
Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil ©Courtesy of the artists and La Patinoire royale/ Galerie Valérie Bach

Nuit Blanche
Saturday October 5, 2019
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Sylvia Edwards Davis is a writer and correspondent based in France with a focus on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia scans the cultural landscape to bring you the most relevant highlights on current events, art exhibitions, museums and festivals.

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