Monday, September 26, 2011

October in Paris - 10th Nuit Blanche 2011

As if the city of lights and love couldn't get brighter or more romantic...'Nuit Blanche' (White Night) -is the spectacular annual light show is on the 1st October 2011. Marvel at the spectacular light installations at various locations throughout the entire city while museums, galleries halls throwing open their doors all night. Its a celebration of art and culture! ... There couldn't not be a more perfect evening to amble through the rues of Paris if you're lucky enough to be there!
 Elaborate light installations, edgy performances, concerts, and unclassifiable happenings of all sorts await. 

When: Saturday, October 1st, 2011 

Where: Hundreds of locations around Paris. Visit this page at the official site to browse a map of events in Paris (French only). 

Transportation: All lines of the metro excepting line 14 will remain open until around 3:00 am for the occasion of Nuit Blanche. Metro line 14 will remain open all night long, and entrance is free for all from 9:15 pm to 5:30 am. Other metro lines re-open at around 5:30 am, making a longer night out feasible even if you're far away from the festivities.

How to Make the Most of Nuit Blanche:
  • Much like the annual Nuit Blanche is best experienced by ambling. You might choose a couple must-see events and leave the remainder of the evening to chance. Treat Nuit Blanche with the avant garde spirit it represents, and remember, you, too, are part of the happening.
  • Metro cars and night buses are likely to be crammed, especially toward the end of the night, so if feasible, plan to walk back to your hotel or apartment. Take along a good paris street map with you to stay oriented.
  • October in Paris can be chilly and wet-- dress warmly for the occasion.    


Nuit Blanche 2011: Main Areas:

Nuit Blanche 2011 is clustered around four main areas in Paris, with installations, video, and performances in close reach of each other.
  • Around Hotel de Ville

  • Batignolles-Pigalle The Northeast areas around Pigalle and Batignolles, once the haunt of artists like Toulouse-Lautrec and Edouard Manet, are hosting their own cluster of events. 
  • "La Nouvelle Athenes"- Saint Georges - Also near metro Pigalle, another cluster of Nuit Blanche happenings feature video and collaborative performances 

  • Montmartre The traditional artistic hotbed of Montmartre is hosting over a dozen installations and performances.

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