On 5 October 2019, 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!
Renewal is the focus of this 18th edition and it is set to be ambitious in scope. Taking movement as a theme, the boundaries of the capital are pushed back creating a lively and poetic itinerary for visitors to embark on.
Nuit Blanche 2019 is organized around 5 main ideas:
Surrounded by dancers, musicians and DJs, this festive parade will wind its way joyfully through the streets of Paris carrying 12 spectacular contemporary works on wheels or on inflatable structures, pulled by horses. Taking part in this veritable ode to movement and creation of all kinds are Parisian and international artists such as Vivien Roubaud, Shana Moulton, Bill Vorn and Sylvie Fleury.
The public can see their works from 2pm to 5pm in the vicinity of the Grand and Petit Palais, on Avenue Winston Churchill, then follow them on their journey from Place de la Concorde to Place de la Bastille from 7pm to 11pm. The works will finally be disseminated at the stations from 11pm onwards.
Start of the Parade: Métro 1, 8, 12 : Concorde / Métro 8, 12, 14 : Madeleine
Finish of the Parade: Métro 1, 5, 8 : Bastille / Métro 5 : Bréguet-Sabin
To celebrate movement and walking, artists from all over the world will travel around key sites in Paris either alone, in a group or by means of virtual reality inviting passers-by to take part in their works.
See, for example, Alain Arias-Misson's life-sized letters between the Centre Pompidou and the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in the 14th arrondissement, Pilar Albarracín's flamenco dancers denouncing patriarchy near the Opéra-Comique or artistic performances imagined by Hans Walter-Müller in transparent bubbles in the Palais Royal Gardens.
The Grande Traversée
This year, Nuit Blanche offers an experience that combines sport and culture. Looking ahead to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, two 10km routes have been designed for participants to run through the city, while stopping off to discover major cultural institutions such as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Palais de la Découverte, Musée de l'Homme. Experienced runners or amateur sports enthusiasts get to discover Paris in an exciting new way!
For the first time, a temporary velodrome has been set up on a section of the north-eastern Paris ring road (which will be closed to traffic), between Porte de Pantin and Porte de la Villette giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy a unique ride at their own speed with their bike or a Velib'. You can decorate your bikes with fireflies while passing by the Village Vélo, Place de la Fontaine aux Lions).
In the surrounding area, the Philharmonie de Paris and the Jules Ladoumègue sports centre are taking part in the event, designed by the 1024 architecture collective, by offering concerts and sporting activities revisited by artists. On the outer ring road, the initiative by James Beron and The Sunshine Collective frees the artist inside of you by taking passers-by on an inner sound journey during a silent dance.
For Nuit Blanche, fixed ‘stations’ will be set up throughout the Parisian metropolis to receive the parade’s artistic installations and serve as a base for recreational activities for all the public with karaoke, photo exhibition, film projection, shows ... These points of interest, distributed according to the points of the compass, invite evening walkers to enjoy the artistic energy of the capital.
Accessible Nuit Blanche
The Nuit Blanche event is designed to be accessible to everyone. In addition to 90 cultural facilitators, specific initiatives have been taken for people with disabilities for the evening of 5 October 2019.
Motor disability/Reduced Mobility
To enable everyone to determine their physical capacity to access participating sites, the 2019 Nuit Blanche locations are listed on the website jaccede.com
La pam75 will offer an Escapam outing linked to the Parade. The EscaPam are reserved for all people registered with the pam75 service as well as those people accompanying them and are suitable for wheelchair users.
Booking required: by email email@example.com / by telephone on 01 70 23 27 32 and choose « Escapam »
The Souffleurs d’Images du CRTH (Centre de Recherche Théâtre et Handicap), art professionals and art students guide people who are blind are who have a sight impairment by describing “in whispers” the elements of works that are invisible to them.
The Souffleurs d’Images act as cultural facilitators with:
- a predefined discovery tour of La Villette in a group
- a bespoke, individual tour according to the wishes of the visitor
Booking required: by telephone 01 42 74 17 87 / by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nuit Blanche offers a visit with audio description for people who are sight impaired or blind:
- Departure at 6.30pm from the Information Point in front of the main entrance of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (75014). Length of visit: 1hr30.: email@example.com
Two guided tours in French Sign Language are offered on the evening of Nuit Blanche (a cultural facilitator and an LSF actor).
- Visit 1 : Departure time 6pm
- Visite 2 : Departure time 8.30pm
Meet at the Information Point in front of the main entrance of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (75014). Length of visit: 1hr30. Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
In partnership with Papillons Blancs, two guided visits are offered to people with mental disabilities.
Departure at 6.30pm from the Information Point in front of the main entrance to the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (75014), length of visit 1hr30. Information and booking: 01 42 80 44 43.
Booklets that are easy to read and understand are also available in specialist establishments; more information on 01 42 80 44 43.
Recommendations for independent visitors:
• Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (Park), Saule and the Hooppies by matali crasset
• Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (Maison Internationale), Vikin by Victor Frešo
• Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (Maison Internationale), La Chevelure de Bérénice by Emmanuel Darasse
• Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (Avenue), Echinoïde by Dynamorphe