On 1 October 2022, the Nuit Blanche event celebrates its 20th anniversary. Once again, the streets and monuments of Paris will be filled with contemporary art from dusk to dawn for the Nuit Blanche. This major event in the cultural life of the capital invites Parisians and tourists to engage with works by national and international artists as they stroll around the city. Sculptures, projections, concerts, and temporary installations are scattered around the city. A great way to spend a memorable 'white' night! For this special 20th anniversary edition, Paris is seen as the painting of Jerome Bosch's ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, both free and exuberant. 200 artistic events to see, from the North to the South of the capital. This anniversary edition is also an opportunity to discover works celebrating Nuit Blanche, and to attend the big anniversary party at the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall).
Special Nuit Blanche anniversary itinerary
The 20th anniversary of Nuit Blanche is an opportunity to revisit works previously exhibited. Visit the area around the Hôtel de Ville for a tasting of macarons and patisserie sculptures, specially created by Pierre Hermé, as you admire the photo retrospective on the railings around the Hôtel de Ville or at the reception of the Paris Tourist Office and Paris Rendez-Vous, at 29 rue de Rivoli, where striking works from previous years are on show. Want to get another glimpse of ‘Purple Rain’ by Pierre Ardouvin (2011)? Head to the Académie du Climat. To see the Drapeau Blanc by Georges Pascal Ricordeau (2013), go to Saint Paul Saint Louis church. The monumental sculpture by Ugo Schiavi ‘Soulèvement – Effondrement’ (‘Uprising – Collapse’) returns to the Esplanade de la Défense.
Discover Constellations, a monumental audio-visual installation by Joanie Lemercier, to see at the Canal de l'Ourcq at the Parc de la Villette. Nearby, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Cité de la Musique unveil a programme linked to ecology and contemporary music. ‘Echosystème’, the immersive exhibition/installation by Tom Lellouche is revealed at the Consultat Voltaire (11th, Parmentier). And Safia Bahmed-Schwartz is providing a concert-performance at Point Ephémère, Quai de Valmy.
Whether you are with family or friends, the ‘Island of Foam’ by Stéphanie Lüning, a multicoloured foam sculpture with natural dyes at the Piazza Beaubourg, is certain to leave no one indifferent. A few steps away, the Académie du Climat welcomes the famous Purple Rain by Pierre Ardouvin, and the Jardin Nelson Mandela is turned into a veritable garden of earthly delights, with a monumental digital triptych titled Speculum - The Garden of Earthly delights, by Smack. The Koché fashion show under the Canopée des Halles is combined with the performance of dancer Mounia Nassangar and the choreographic piece Static Shot by Maud Le Pladec. Also to see, the cabaret Burlesque at the Théâtre du Châtelet, a sound sculpture in Place de la Samaritaine, and many other works along the way.
The Stade Charlety welcomes ‘Le Cauchemar de Séville’, a performance around the theme of football by Massimo Furlan to relive the best matches in the history of football. Portable radios are distributed at the entrance to the stadium. The Molitor swimming pool gets a swing for a night with the magic of Annie Sperling adding a very 70s touch to a psychedelic work of art all in light.