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Nuit Blanche or White Night is a free festival of arts that takes place from 7 pm to 7 am on the first Saturday of October. The idea was first introduced by the mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë in 2002. Since then, Nuit Blanche has spread over ten cities in Europe and over the ocean, to Montreal, Buenos Aires and Kyoto.
In Paris, Nuit Blanche attracts about 80,000 attendees to its famous museums, galleries and landmarks. Various performances and installations transform such familiar locations as Eiffel Tower, Porte de la Villette, Porte de Pantin, or the Institut du Monde Arabe into something surreal, bizarre and unusual. The idea of Nuit Blanche is to bring high art closer to the masses.
Every year, dozens of street artists appear on the busiest avenues of Paris performing and entertaining the public all night. Additionally, Nuit Blanche features about 100 artists from all over the world engaged in various programs, exhibitions, concerts and shows. Don't miss your chance to see the Louvre, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Hotel de Ville, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée Picasso, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Philharmonie de Paris, the Gymnase Ladoumègue and other sites in the new light.