Get ready to experience a White Night in Paris like no other in 2019. Every year, the event brings together numerous museums and public venues which open their doors to artists and visitors for one very magical night.
This time, the changes are highly symbolic for the French capital. At the helm is Didier Fusillier, the Director of the Grande Halle de la Villette, a well-known centre for thrilling and original cultural events, loved by young and old alike. The idea is that culture should reflect society, in other words, be in perpetual motion.
To symbolise this constant evolution, what better than a parade and entertainment on the move? So, let us start at the Grand and Petit Palais. In this corner of French history and culture, you have free access to illuminated works displayed in the open air, like a fantastic moving forest lit by lamps by the Cameroon artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, or even a sculptural platform with multiple esoteric symbols by Shana Moulton from the United States.
At 7 o'clock, head to neighbouring Place de la Concorde for the Grand Parade. A light-hearted troop then makes its way towards Place de la Bastille, to the sound of a brass band and accompanied by dancers.
White Night 2019 turns the spotlight on its night-time races. Just imagine pounding the streets of Paris, passing its world-famous monuments on your way. There are two nine-kilometre routes on offer to amateur joggers as part of La Grande Traversée. At 10:00 p.m., you dart off with the pack, after having registered on line. The first race takes you past the Louvre, then to the heart of Paris and the Hôtel de Ville, the Georges Pompidou Centre and the Marais district.
The second takes you towards the Champs-Élysées, then the Guimet Museum, the Chaillot Theatre and the Museum of Mankind. Both races finish on the Trocadéro esplanade. You stride past a veritable anthology of remarkable sites, lit up and overflowing with works of art.
La Grande Traversée
Saturday, 5 October 2019, from 10:00 p.m.
… and cycling
In 2019, the White Night in Paris will be bigger and better than ever before. Part of the Paris périphérique ring road will be closed to cars, becoming a fantastic cycling lane, open to everyone. From seven in the evening to six-thirty the next morning, from Porte de la Villette to Porte de Pantin, only cyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the road.
As it is a night dedicated to art in all its forms, you will be asked to fit lights on your bike, transforming the ring road into a fascinating light show. The Paris Philharmonic will beat out the rhythm until sunrise with unique concerts on the theme of the starlit sky. So, all that is left to do is to wish you a good night!
White Night 2019
The night of 5 to 6 October 2019