On 2 October 2021, the contemporary all-night art festival ‘Nuit Blanche’ takes place across the city’s streets and monuments. A major cultural event in the capital, it is a free invitation to Parisians and tourists to engage with works of art by national and international artists. Sculptures, projections, concerts and spectacular installations are scattered around the city. A great way to spend a memorable 'white' night!
This 20th edition is focussed on the outdoors and the event is pulling out all the stops. Nevertheless, you have to pre-book to have access to some museum exhibitions.
For this 20th edition, the focus is on sport and art through a series of walks and outings. So, put on your walking shoes and set out on the GR75 for some arty hiking. This Parisian urban hiking trail was created by the Comité de Paris de la Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre to coincide with the city’s bid for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. The capital and its surroundings will be unveiling many artistic events all night long. Check out all the itineraries, including long and short walks, in the North, the East, the West and the Centre of Paris.
Set out from the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall) where a choreographic ‘balade’ and connected dance and music event imagined by Mourad Merzouki takes place, then follow the Seine upstream along an itinerary that radiates out from the centre of Paris, passing in front of the Musée d'Art Moderne or Musée Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. Admire the Arc de Triomphe Wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude … and pass by the Jeu de Paume, Les Halles, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée Carnavalet for a choreographic performance or the Carreau du Temple. For this night, all the major museums in the centre of the capital throw open their doors to present an unforgettable contemporary programme. Nevertheless, it is necessary to book up in advance to have access to some museum exhibitions.
From Porte d'Aubervilliers to Porte des Lilas, follow the GR75 for a walk of around 6 km along the linear forest, the Canal Saint Denis, La Villette Park and Pantin. Discover the sound and music installation by Nicolas Paolozzi at the Grande Halle de la Villette. Fans of percussion music will enjoy the performance at the Philharmonie de Paris, playing from 9pm to 5am in the morning. And the Canal Saint Denis becomes the setting for numerous artistic and musical performances with Lignes, all by the waterside.
From Porte de Vincennes to the Grands Moulins, the itinerary covers 9 km. You pass by Porte Dorée at the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge to admire the trek danse performance by Robin Decourcy, then through the little streets of the 12th arrondissement. An original idea: from 7pm to 2am in the morning, Velodrama cyclists take to the Stade Vélodrome, the mythical racetrack used during the Olympic Games of 1900 and 1924. Next, head over to Bercy park with Cie Retouramont or to the BNF to admire Aire, an installation based on tennis by Laurent Perbos.
From Balard, cross André Citroën park towards Pont Garigliano and on to Trinquet Village for a Roller Dance Party. Further on near to Porte de Saint Cloud, the Orchestre de spectacle de Montreuil will play national anthems from all over the world, from 9pm to 11pm, at the Jean Bouin stadium. Also at Porte de Saint Cloud, close to the famous Parc des Princes stadium, you can take a 4.5 km walk along the GR75.
Nuit Blanche TRAM
In the West, set off for a night-time 8 km walking tour ‘randotram’ (lasting around 2hrs) starting from Malakoff and visiting the Maison des arts, the Malakoff contemporary art centre and the Chanot contemporary art centre. On this itinerary, you will cross the inner ring road and the 15th arrondissement of Paris and have the option of continuing your evening in the GR 75 south-west art village. In the East, a TaxiTram coach takes you from MABA (94) to the Maison Populaire (93) and the south-east art village to discover artworks and installations all through the night.