The Night When Art and Culture Reign Until Dawn:
If you want to taste the continued dynamism of the Parisian arts scene, don't miss out on Nuit Blanche.
Nuit Blanche 2013 Practical Details:
When: Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Transportation: All lines of the metro excepting line 12 and 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 2:15 am to 5:30 am. Certain stations on line 12 will also remain open throughout the night: Madeleine, Trinité, Notre-Dame de Lorette, Saint-Georges, Pigalle, Abbesses, Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Jules Joffrin, and Porte de la Chapelle. Access is free from 2:15 am to 5:30 am on line 12 as well.
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 Paris Music Festival (Fête de la Musique), 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.
See Pictures of Past Nuit Blanche Events:
Nuit Blanche 2013: Main Areas and Free Openings:
Nuit Blanche 2012 is clustered around several areas in Paris, with installations, video, and performances in close reach of each other. It's probably a good idea to choose one or two of these areas, then either opt for the "stumble upon" strategy I detailed above, or, if you know some French or don't mind using the Google page translator, consult a list of events at the official website and decide in advance which seem the most compelling. Either way, you're nearly guaranteed an interesting night.
This year, pedestrians are given free reign in the city, with several areas normally open to traffic turned temporarily into pedestrian-only zones.
Seine River InstallationsThis year for the first time, the banks of the Seine river, from Maison de la Radio in the city's west to the eastern suburb of Ivry, will be transformed for the occasion of Nuit Blanche. To start in the West, get off at Maison de la Radio (RER C) or Alma Marceau (Metro line 9); to start in the East, you might want to get off at Metro Bastille (line 1, 5). Installations will be concentrated on the banks but also err further inland. Drifting and zig-zagging is highly encouraged this year.
Around Hotel de VilleGet off at metro Hotel de Ville (line 1, 11) or Chatelet (Metro Line 1, 4, 7, 11, or 14 and RER Line A, B and C) to explore several installations and "happenings" in the city center, near Paris City Hall.
Batignolles-PigalleThe Northeast areas around Pigalle and Batignolles, once the haunt of artists like Toulouse-Lautrec and Edouard Manet, are hosting their own cluster of events. Get off at Metro Place de Clichy, Blanche or Pigalle (Line 2).
"La Nouvelle Athenes"- Saint GeorgesAlso near metro Pigalle, another cluster of Nuit Blanche happenings feature video and collaborative performances...that you take part in! Get off at metro Pigalle (Line 2)
MontmartreThe traditional artistic hotbed of Montmartre is hosting over a dozen installations and performances. Get off at Metro Anvers or Abbesses.
Museums and Cultural Institutions Open to the Public in 2012In 2012, several major museums, galleries and other institutions will stay open for most of the night, offering free entry and special events, installations or performances. These include:
- Palais de Tokyo
- Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
- Musée Guimet
- l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts
- Grand Palais and the Petit-Palais
- la Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
- le Musée des Arts Décoratifs
- Musée du Louvre
- Centre Pompidou
- Cité Internationale des Arts
- l’Institut du Monde Arabe
- Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
- Cinémathèque française
City ViewpointsThis year, also for the first time, the city is opening several buildings to the public from which to enjoy dazzling panoramas over Paris. These will include:
- The upper terrace of the Morland Tower (4th arrondissement - Metro Sully Morland)
- The 9th floor of the Institut du Monde Arabe (5th arrondissement - Metro Jussieu)
- The 24th floor of the Zamansky Tower at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (5th - Metro Jussieu)
- The 18th floor of the Bibliotheque François Mitterrand (13th - Metro Bibliotheque)