On 6 October 2018, 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!
The 17th edition aims to give renewed lustre to both famous and little-known monuments in Paris by drawing on the talents of artists working in a variety of fields, ranging from the visual arts and theatre to music and dance.
During this year’s Nuit Blanche, visitors can head off along four different trails into four ‘constellations’ – the Invalides, La Villette, the Porte Dorée and the Ile Saint Louis – where they will enjoy free access to artworks, events and performances.
Florian Viel – Urban Jungle
Works on display on Metro Line 1 and Tram route 3B (Porte de Vincennes) and Metro Line 6 (Picpus) Paris 12 from 7pm to 7 am
A journey into the urban jungle. You’ll find plants randomly invading the trains throughout the night along metro lines 1 and 6 and tram route 3B. Plant-related dance pieces, installations and tropical ‘sculptures’ combine to create the feel of travelling aboard a moving greenhouse. Would-be explorers take note!
Eric Minh Cuong Castaing - School of Moon & Sous influence
Lycée Elisa Lemonnier, Rue Montesquiou-Fezensac, Paris 12, from 7pm to 4am
Choreographer Eric Minh Cuong Castaing unveils two of his dance compositions at the Lycée Elisa Lemonnier from 7 pm to 4am. School of Moon pairs young children with small humanoid robots in a dance combining natural and artificial movements. Sous Influence turns clubbing into a sensual journey into sound, open to all participants, with a DJ set by electro duo Yes Sœur!
Abdelkader Benchama - Echoing the birth of the world
Collège des Bernardins, 20 rue de Poissy, Paris 5, métro 10 Maubert Mutualité, Cardinal Lemoine from 8pm to 3am
To mark the 10th anniversary of its re-opening, the Collège des Bernardins commissioned contemporary artist Abdelkader Benchama to create a monumental fresco. Drawing spectators into the space it covers, this installation with its immersive patterns takes inspiration from physics and cosmology to pay tribute to the work of the priest, astronomer and physicist George Lemaître.
Maroussia Rebecq - 99 items of everyday clothing (The catwalk show)
Catwalk show & performance
Hôtel de ville – Salle des fêtes, 5 rue de Lobau, Paris 4, from 7pm to 3am
Maroussia Rebecq, the founder and artistic director of Andrea Crews, will showcase fashion’s infinite possibilities at this catwalk show to be held in the ballroom of the Hôtel de Ville. With pop culture for inspiration, the models take turns to launch into some amazing style experiments using a selection of everyday clothing and objects.
Félicie D’Estienne d’Orves / Franck Vigroux “ Sun”
Esplanade des Invalides' underground, 2 rue R. Esnault-Pelterie, Paris 7, from 7pm to 7am
Sculpture, music, light and technology combine in this 8-minute work (the time it takes for sunlight to reach the Earth) by astrophysics fan Félicie d’Estienne D’Orves. The 80-m expanse beneath the Esplanade des Invalides serves as a physical reminder of the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Prepare to embark on a cosmic journey!
Zad Moultaka – Long-ago night skies
Palais de la découverte – Planétarium, avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris 8, from 7pm to 2am
The gentle sounds of waves lapping the shore and the wind in the trees greet visitors entering the planetarium at the Palais de la Découverte to admire this visual artist and composer’s dual reproduction of the starry night sky: as seen by the earliest humans 300,000 years ago, and by the earliest human civilizations 3,000 years ago. These ‘First Night’ depictions are an evocative journey into the history of humanity.
Raphaël Navarro avec Yael Naim – Magical Night
Théâtre du Rond-Point, 2bis avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris 8, from 7pm tp 1.30am
The ‘Magical Night’ provides an opportunity for a nocturnal visit to the Théâtre du Rond-Point on the Champs-Elysées. Music composed by the singer Yael Naim for the vocal ensemble Les Métaboles is the soundtrack for this art experience aimed at disrupting our senses and skewing reality. Magicians, bubble blowers, shadow sculptors and mentalists enchant spectators wandering under a ‘sky’ dotted with ‘Constellations’: 20 shimmering disco balls seemingly floating in empty space.
Studio UY077 Dahan et Pefura - My Super-kilometre
Avenue Winston-Churchill, Pont Alexandre III, Avenue du Maréchal-Gallieni, Paris 7th and 8th from 7pm to 7am
A golden ribbon laid down along the one-kilometre stretch from the Champs-Elysées to the Esplanade des Invalides, lined with prestigious monuments, and a lively programme of events along the way as the night rolls on: an electronic music concert, roller derby competitions, food trucks and more.
Nuit Blanche at the Philharmonie - 5 musical marathons
Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris 19 / from 7pm tp 5.30am
Classical and contemporary music fans take note! Clarinettist Yom and organist Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard will open the programme in the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez, joining forces to celebrate the onset of twilight. Pianist Nicolas Horvath, a veteran of very long concerts, will take over to play Erik Satie’s piano works throughout the night. The ghosts of Debussy, Mahler and Saint-Saëns return to perform their finest pieces in the intimate space of the studio, while the concert hall will host a performance of American orchestral pop by New York ensemble yMusic. The Musée de la Musique will be transformed into the immersive ‘Studio Venezia’, with Machine à Rêves, an installation by an art collective, projected on the museum’s façade. In all, a most unusual night at the Philharmonie.
The Tropicool Company – Unobstructed sunrise and sunset
Gare de Lyon, Halle 2, Paris 12 from 5pm to 1am from thursday 27 September to saturday 15 october 2018
Tropicool Company’s colourful installation on the glass roof of Hall 2 at the Gare de Lyon is lighting up the path of travellers over 10 days. Composed of different shades of colour, the work follows the sun’s own journey from dawn to dusk. The skeleton of a pink flamingo gliding in time with the ambient music piped through the station adds a disconcerting touch.
Nuit Blanche also has a trail for children. (Information, in French, on the website of the event).