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In pictures: Nuit Blanche in Paris

Exhibits at Paris' all-night Nuit Blanche arts festival

Each October, Paris hosts a Nuit Blanche, or “White Night” – an all-night arts festival with art installations and performances in the city’s museums, galleries and public spaces. With 2011 being Nuit Blanche‘s 10th anniversary and a hot Indian-summer evening, the city was packed with around 2.5 million visitors. Events were concentrated in a few different parts of the city, Montmartre and Pigalle in the north of the city and the Hotel de Ville in the centre, with the metro running between them all night. Our exploration around Hotel de Ville came across sculptures filling a medieval cloister, a giant red furry yeti and people with umbrellas under a shower of purple rain. The streets were heaving, with long queues snaking along the streets for the main exhibits, and people lining the banks of the Seine drinking and partying for as long as they could stay up. If you’re in Paris, the next Nuit Blanche is on Saturday 6 October 2012.

Exhibit at Paris 2011 Nuit Blanche all-night arts event

Exhibit at Paris 2011 Nuit Blanche all-night arts event

Exhibit at Paris 2011 Nuit Blanche all-night arts eventFurry red yeti exhibit at Paris Nuit Blanche arts event 2011

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Another interesting insight into ‘la France inconnue’. Merci!

    October 20, 2011
  2. How bizarre- but I like it! Great photos

    October 22, 2011
  3. Do you reckon the ‘White night’ has anything to do with Dostojevski’s book about ‘White Nights’ in Petersburg?

    November 3, 2011
    • Apparently the first White Night arts festival was held in St Petersburg so could well have something to do with it – though that one is held when the midnight sun is out so that might be another source of the name as it never gets dark?

      November 3, 2011
    • If I remember correctly, most citizens of St Petersburg have left the city for the summer in the book, so there’s a good chance either Dostojevski named the book after the time of year…

      November 7, 2011
  4. Ok, I am officially obsessed with your blog!!

    November 4, 2011
  5. Great post – Brighton does a similar event in October each year although, sadly, I think this year it’s been pulled due to lack of funding but should be back next year. Love the big red yeti!

    October 5, 2012
    • I didn’t realise there were any UK versions, will have to check it out when it restarts. The Paris one was fascinating, but I think the combination of the anniversary and the warm weather meant it was ridiculously busy so we didn’t manage to get around all of it.

      October 5, 2012

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