Pulling an All-Nighter at Nuit Blanche

February 22, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

 ‘Well my friends the time has come, to raise the roof and have some fun. Throw away the work to be done; let the music play on.’ Lionel Richie’s 80s classic
“All Night Long” is perfect for describing the annual arts festival known as Nuit Blanche.* For one night, the soul of a city comes alive with art installations, performances, and other activities. The idea took shape when Parisian Mayor
Bertrand Delanoë (2001-2014), who was known for bringing a number of
imaginative innovations to the city, used
St. Petersburg’s ‘White Nights’ celebration as inspiration for Paris’ own Nuit Blanche. The free arts and culture festival starts in the evening (usually after sundown) and stretches into the early morning hours. In Paris, it’s held the first Saturday of every October and attracts around 80,000 spectators. Since then the idea has caught on in other cities in Europe and around the world. In Canada, the city with the longest running Nuit Blanche is Montréal. Held on Saturday, February 27, during the
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter festival, the city lights up with
over 200 activities and events (mostly free) held throughout the night and into the morning. Some
highlights include: A
giant ski slope on St. Denis Street that’s perfect for thrill-seekers looking to try out 3-ski sleds and experience slalom action! Or the Redpath Museum in the dark with
special flashlight tours led by student guides. And there’s no excuse not to attend since the
STM Metro will be running for 24 hours and free shuttle services are available from 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. If you plan on going,
read this cheat sheet from a
local expert. Also, check out the official
Montréal Nuit Blanche Facebook page
for more updates. Tell us in the comments if you’d attend a Nuit Blanche in your city. *In French this can be translated as ‘white night’ or ‘sleepless night.’ Photo Via: