Sunday, October 5, 2014

Nuit Blanche ~ White Night

The first Nuit Blanche took place in 2001, an initiative of then Parisian Mayor Bertrand Delanoë.  Since then, Paris has celebrated an all-night arts festival, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., every year on the first Saturday of October.  As current Mayor Anne Hildago and her Premier Adjoint, Bruno Julliard, wrote in this year's program, "La nuit est le territoire de tous les possibles, le lieu de toutes les promesses.  Elle encourage les audaces, délivre l'imagination, s'abandonne aux rêves.  Chaque année, à Paris, l'art s'empare en toute liberté de l'une de ces nuits."  (Night is the territory of all things possible, the place of all promises.  It encourages audacities, frees the imagination, abandons itself to dreams.  Each year, in Paris, with complete freedom, art takes over one of these nights.)  Below are some images from the Open Musée Street ~ Art Contemporain walk of this year's Nuit Blanche, in the 13th arrondissement.

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