Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Sleepless Parisian Night of Art and Culture

October 3rd is once again the annual extravaganza of performance art, installation art, music and 'happenings' around Paris that stretches into the wee hours (think 5 or 6 a.m.!)

Let Nuits Blanches have been so successful in Paris that various cities now replicate this idea but you can't beat that ineffable blend of art, style and creativity in the city of all-night light.

The Nuits Blanche celebrations include lots that is happening in historic buildings and public squares in the event-dense Marais and Latin Quarter, around Chatelet and other central Paris locations. But this year as ever, the Nuits Blanche also sets forth to lure visitors and residents into more off the beaten path quarters and celebrate their creatively with verve.
This year, the area around Parc de Buttes Chaumont in the 19th and in the new multidisciplinary live-art venue le Centquatre off near the edge of Montmartre are major venues. The Mosquee de Paris and Notre Dame will be sites for musical and light sculpture events, and other historic buildings and churches are highlighted as evocative performance spaces.

65 plus contemporary artists and musicians are participating in various venues and galleries all throughout the Marais also open their doors to expand the festival and celebrate their shows.

And best of all everything is FREE! Detailed booklets are available at ratp stations and Paris city halls. Or, google for a detailed schedule. Get in the spirit. Do as much or as little as your sleep deprived self will permit.