Nuit Blanche, which roughly means "the night when you do not go to bed", is an annual all-night arts festival, now held in locations all around the world. More than 120 cities get involved with light installations, exhibitions and performances which attract art-loving night owls from around the world.
This year is the 18th time that Copenhagen will stage Nuit Blanche, which is called ‘Night of Culture’ or ‘Kulturnatten’ and has become the city's biggest annual event. On the 15th of October over 500 Nuit Blanche events are on the menu with well-stocked museums, cultural institutions, galleries and churches opening their doors to art lovers from around the world. Flights to Copenhagen start from £38
This year the Big Apple is organising a Nuit Blanche event for the first time and art lovers should not miss this lavish cultural festival, which has been renamed ‘Bring to Light’. The event is an ‘all night arts festival of installations and performances celebrating the magic and luminance of light’ and organisers promise a ‘thrilling, original, mesmerising, ceremonial, contemplative and illuminating’ experience. Phew.
So if you like the sound of that, head to New York and wander among the galleries, museums and cultural institutions on the evening of 2 October to enjoy New York’s first ever Nuit Blanche. Flights to New York start from £297.
On October the 2nd, the French capital will be hosting its 9th Nuit Blanche event, bringing together the work of artists from all over the world, many of which are never or rarely exhibited. This year’s theme is sensitivity, privacy and the ‘pedestrian route’.
Visitors will be encouraged to wander through the exhibits and this is guaranteed to be a very special night, so if you love your art, or just want to see the city in a different light – head to Paris this weekend. Flights to Paris from £76
If Nuit Blanche in Paris, Copenhagen or New York don’t appeal, don’t worry, there are plenty more Nuit Blanche events going on in cities around the world. Try Brussels or Toronto on October 2nd, Halifax, Canada on the 16th October, and Montreal, Canada on 26 February 2011.