On 7th October 2017, 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, both on and off the official programme. A great way to spend a memorable white night!
This 16th edition celebrates the notion of making an artwork together. And it is NEMO, the chatbot on messenger via the Facebook page that will guide visitors during through the night. Nuit Blanche takes you on two itineraries Nuit Blanche/North itineraryand Nuit Blanche/Centre itinerary from the La Chapelle district to the banks of the Seine.
Invisible Playground Network - 'A wave of letters'
Works visible from the Pont Neuf, Le Pont au Change and the Quai de l’Horloge, Paris 1st from 7pm-7am
Throughout the night, huge 3-dimensional letters will occupy the banks of the Seine. The project invites Parisians and visitors to participate by composing virtual words and phrases along the water using a mobile application via Android or the AppStore.
Olivier Dubois ‘A thousand and one dances’
Forum des Halles – Canopée, Paris 1st, from 7pm-3am
Some 300 amateur dancers and 150 instrumentalists from the conservatories of Paris will be at the Forum des Halles for a high-spirited performance. ‘Se faire œuvre’ is the motto of these artists who reinterpret mythical dance scenes from classic movies in an offbeat way.
Jeremy Deller ‘English Magic’
Jardin Nelson Mandela , Paris 1st from 7pm-7am
What are the signs of greatness in a nation? Through several video clips, English Magic looks at what constitutes British identity. The work of Jeremy Deller is a celebration of elements of British culture: David Bowie, Stonehenge, the Lords and even the Land Rover …
Invernomuto « L’Europa Deserta, Terra Incognita »
Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art – Salle Labrouste, 58 rue Richelieu, Paris 2nd, from 7pm to 7am
Through several video clips including « Le Monde ou Rien » (‘The World or Nothing’) French rap group PNL and Invernomuto invite viewers to discover cities and suburbs from Naples to Paris
Ruth Ewan ‘The dance for those who try to change the world’
Le Centquatre, 5 rue Curial, Paris 19th, from 7pm-2am
Clandestino by Manu Chao, Born This Way by Lady Gaga and Proud To Be Black by Run-DMC … are all songs whose catchy rhythms have often made us forget the politicalmessages that they carry. The pop dance features such a selection of songs– environmentalist, feminist, related to identity or peace – and invites the public to dance and share them together.
Jardin Rosa-Luxemburg-Pont Riquet, Paris 18th from 7pm-7am
Like an invitation to travel, the collective MU unveils a visual and sound installation on the railway tracks that run alongside the Halle Pajol. Playing on the idea of 13 imaginary train departures, electro-acoustic music and railway sounds transport visitors throughout the night.
Terrain SNCF- Halle Hébert, 54 rue de l’Evangile, Paris 18th, from 7pm-7am
In Hernani, in the Basque country, a street was named ‘rue des femmes’ ('women’s street') although no one really knows why. A group of inhabitants decided to invent a fictional explanation via their ancestors, creating 3 mythical women with an extraordinary destiny.
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz 'Silent'
Terrain de sport Tristan Tzara, 11 rue Tchaïkovski, Paris 18th, from 7pm-7am
Just as all the cameras are focussed on her to speak, the singer Aéréa Négrot chooses to remain silent. Whether it be an act of resistance or imposed, silence is shown in this video to be a powerful political act.
Jeremy Deller & Cecilia Bengolea « Bom Bom’s dream »
12 rue Gaston Tessier, Paris 19th from 7pm to 7am
Bom Bom is a Japanese dancer and dreams of being queen of the dancehall. She goes to Jamaica tomeasure her talents against local dancers at a competition. Bom Bom is full of determination and surprises withher style leading viewers to consider how a cultural form is appropriated and reinterpreted.
Minimalist night at the Philharmonie de Paris
Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris 19th from de 7pm-7am
For contemporary music fans: the pianists Lubomyr Melnyk, Bruce Brubaker and organ player James McVinnie take up the challenge of, in turn, performing the works of Philip Glass, Terry Riley and John Cage in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, within 12 hours. A true immersion into minimalist music. Hommage à Pierre Henry, Une Nuit en La ..., the Philharmonie de Paris is programming no less than 5 events during this Nuit Blanche.
Nuit Blanche also has a trail for children. (Information, in French, on the website of the event).
The metro and the tram network are operating until 2am in the morning. Lines 1 and 9 will serve some stations all night.
The Batobus will transport visitors all night (from 9.30pm, for free, to the following stations: Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame, Saint-Germain des Prés, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Champs-Élysées, Tour Eiffel, Beaugrenelle.
The free Nuit Blanche app (available for iOs and Android), enables you to find works to see, district by district, and so organize your visit.