Paris, by night. The 2016 Edition of Nuit Blanche was unveiled by Bruno Julliard, assistant director of the Paris city hall, and Jean de Loisy, artistic director for the event.
The Nuit Blanche 2016 will be held on Saturday 1 October from 7 PM until the early hours of the morning. The principle of the Nuit Blanche is to cover Paris during the night, following a path that goes along the Seine, starting at Hôtel de Ville to the Île aux Cygnes. The 2016 Edition was conceived as a reference to Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a 1457 Italian novel that tells the story of Poliphile, who was pursuing Polia, a woman with whom he was hopelessly in love. This voyage will occur in the heart of Paris, with the Seine acting as an Ariane’s thread. The Nuit Blanche provides the opportunity to visit Paris in another way, and split into 12 chapters punctuated by the presentation of various artists: Abraham Poincheval, Alain Séchas, Olivier Beer, Stéphane Thidet, Fabrice Hyber, Bridget Polk, and Alain Fleischer.
Created in 2002, the Nuit Blanche is free and open to the public. A major success, the initiative has been copied in 25 cities around the world.