Late Night Art: Paris’ Nuit Blanche 2009

by Tory Hoen

Grab an espresso and gear up for an endless evening of artistic exploration! This Saturday, October 3, Paris’ Nuit Blanche returns for its 8th year. This free annual event (which translates roughly to “sleepless night”) celebrates the importance of art as a central part of life in Paris and its diverse communities. This year’s fete has no explicit theme, but rather is dedicated to areas of the city “which you can explore through dream-like trails.” As night falls, thousands of art-lovers will wander the streets, exploring the boundaries between art and life, dream and reality…


As in years past, the Marais (and neighboring Chatelet) will form the center of the event, but exhibitions and installations will be featured in northern Paris (in and around the Parc Buttes-Chaumont) and on the Left Bank (near the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Latin Quarter).

On this special night, artists from around the world are invited to display their work in spaces around the city, including churches, galleries, museums, parks, theaters, and plazas. The “art” itself comes in many different forms ranging from traditional photo and painting exhibitions, to performance art, to musical performances, to interactive installations. Featured artists include Doug Aitken, Vincent Olinet, Nathan Coley, and dozens of others.

All venues and exhibitions are free and open to the public throughout the night. Designated pubic transport (metro lines 11 and 14 and night buses) operate all night long to help facilitate the event.

For more details and to download a full program with a map of the “dream-like trails” (in English) click here. To visit the Nuit Blanche website (in French), click here.

Written by Tory Hoen for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

2 comments on “Late Night Art: Paris’ Nuit Blanche 2009

Well written post … and loved the first photo especially. Some of my own photos from Toronto’s Nuit Blanche are online too:

I live in Toronto and we are having our Nuit Blanche night on October 3 as well. Will be happy to know that so many great artists will be expressing themselves all over the world on the same day. Will be thinking about you on Saturday night Paris. xoxo

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