In pictures: Nuit Blanche in Paris
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.