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Exhibits at Paris' all-night Nuit Blanche arts festival

On the first Saturday in October, Paris hosts a Nuit Blanche, or ‘White Night’ – an all-night festival with art installations and performances in the city’s museums, galleries and public spaces. The 10th anniversary of the event was on a hot Indian-summer evening, with the city packed with 2.5 million visitors. Events were concentrated in Montmartre and Pigalle in the north of the city and the Hotel de Ville in the centre, with the metro running between them all night. Our exploration around Hotel de Ville came across sculptures filling a medieval cloister, a giant red furry yeti and people with umbrellas under a shower of purple rain. The streets were heaving, with long queues snaking along the streets for the main exhibits, and people lining the banks of the Seine drinking and partying for as long as they could stay up.

Nuit Blanche exhibits
Nuit Blanche exhibits
Nuit Blanche exhibits

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    muzzerslittlehelper
    October 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Another interesting insight into ‘la France inconnue’. Merci!

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    restlessjo
    October 22, 2011 at 8:56 am

    How bizarre- but I like it! Great photos

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    Deborah Klaassen
    November 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Do you reckon the ‘White night’ has anything to do with Dostojevski’s book about ‘White Nights’ in Petersburg?

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Apparently the first White Night arts festival was held in St Petersburg so could well have something to do with it – though that one is held when the midnight sun is out so that might be another source of the name as it never gets dark?

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        Deborah Klaassen
        November 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

        If I remember correctly, most citizens of St Petersburg have left the city for the summer in the book, so there’s a good chance either Dostojevski named the book after the time of year…

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    crampmystyle
    November 4, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Ok, I am officially obsessed with your blog!!

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    Travelbunny
    October 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Great post – Brighton does a similar event in October each year although, sadly, I think this year it’s been pulled due to lack of funding but should be back next year. Love the big red yeti!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      October 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      I didn’t realise there were any UK versions, will have to check it out when it restarts. The Paris one was fascinating, but I think the combination of the anniversary and the warm weather meant it was ridiculously busy so we didn’t manage to get around all of it.

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