A nuit blanche (or white night) means a sleepless night – or in the case of this annual festival, staying up into the small hours for free contemporary art events all around town. There’s a great festive atmosphere out on the streets as locals and visitors alike set off to explore installations and performances by international artists.
These take place across town, on the streets, in the city parks or in rarely visited buildings, illuminating or reimagining the cityscape in a magical way.
Getting there & doing it
Venue locations change each year – see the Paris tourist office website or pick up a programme for details. Most installations and performances are free, public, and unticketed. Be prepared to queue for the indoor installations, or wait until the early hours of the morning to go. Some metro lines run all night for the event.
When to do it
The event is held on the first Saturday of October each year.