Sleepless in Paris on 6th October 2012 – the Nuit Blanche

© Paris Tourist Office – Photographe Amélie Dupont

Conceived and launched in 2002, the Paris Nuit Blanche (White Night) or also commonly referred to as Sleepless Night is a eagerly anticipated and popular annual celebration of all things art and culture in the French capital. So what is so unique about this event? Well the Nuit Blanche is an all-night or night-time arts festival and countless Paris galleries, museums, city halls, and cultural institutions open their doors all night to visitors – with free entry! Hundreds of thousands of visitors descend onto Paris each year, attracted by the transformation of one of the most famous cities in the world to what is essentially a de facto art gallery. On the night of Nuit Blanche, from 7 pm to 7am the center of the city is taken over by elaborate light and art installations, edgy performances from music, film, to dance and performance art, themed social gatherings, and other activities.

© Paris Tourist Office – Photographe Amélie Dupont

2012 Nuit Blanche is the 11th edition of this major celebration of contemporary art and it takes place on 6th  October and includes strolls along the banks of the Seine and unobstructed views over Paris. This year’s Sleepless Night is a discovery of Paris from East to West, evoking the concept of fluidity, along the Seine, on a path from the Maison de la Radio in the West (16th district) up to Ivry in the East. The art director for this year’s festival is  Laurent Le Bon, Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz and he wanted to design the festival route as if it had no beginning and no end. The result – a stroll along the banks of the river that highlights the city, its architecture and its ambiance.

Nuit Blanche will allow visitors access to 15 unobstructed viewpoints located along the path and are normally closed to the public. Here are some of the vista points that will give festival goers a unrestricted aerial view of the capital  :

– the terrace of Tour Morland, located on the 15th floor of the building (4th district);
– the room of the Haut Conseil located on the 9th floor of the Institut du Monde Arabe, (5th district);
– the 24th floor of the Tour Zamansky, Pierre and Marie Curie University, on the Jussieu campus (5th district);
– the 18th floor of the François Mitterrand Library (13th district);
– the 6th floor of the Dominique Perrault Industrial Hotel (13th district).

Certain buildings that are not normally accessible to the general public will also be opened up. Be sure to check out the hypostyle hall of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, the Lucien Gaudin Gymnasium, the garden level of the National Library of France, with works by Garouste and Louise Bourgeois. Like previous years, art works will be displayed and performances will take place all night long. Artists from all over the world, established or emerging, will attend: Tania Mouraud, Adalberto Mecarelli, the F Group and even Michel Blazy to name a few.

Here’s a list of some of the other places that will be opened for Nuit Blanche

– Palais de Tokyo

– Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris
– The Guimet Museum
– The National Superior School of Fine Art
– The Grand Palais, the Petit Palais
– The Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
– The Museum of Decorative Arts
– The Louvre Museum
– The Centre Pompidou
– The Cité Internationale des Arts
– The Institut du Monde Arabe
– The François Mitterrand Library
– The Maison Rouge
– The French Cinematheque and Theatre 13

If you’re planning a trip to Paris for the Nuit Blanche, have a good sleep with us before and after the festival at any one of our two luxurious properties in the French Capital, Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées and Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris la Defense.

Frasers Hospitality

Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées is one of the most dramatic hotels in Paris: right on the Champs-Elysées, with sweeping views over classic façades, Parisian rooftops and a tranquil courtyard. In fact wonder stars from Ella Fitzgerald to Ray Charles have chosen to stay in this magnificent early 1900s Paris hotel. Our stunning historic central Paris hotel offers 110 spacious Paris suites for long or short-term rental. Ideal for business travellers – or for anyone looking for a great place to stay in Paris while relocating, on a training programme, working on location or simply enjoying a Paris holiday as a couple or as a family. Our spacious Paris apartments combine the advantages of a luxury hotel in Paris with self catering kitchens, business facilities, comfortable living areas and the ultimate location on the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris.

Charles de Gaulle airport, the La Défense business district and CNIT, the Porte Maillot Congress Centre, and major Paris attractions including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Galeries Lafayette department store are easily reached on foot or by metro.

Frasers Hospitality

Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris la Defense is set in the business district of La Défense by the picturesque River Seine. Considered the Paris accommodation of choice for both business and leisure travelers, our 134 luxury Paris Suites and apartments blend 4-star hotel services with contemporary décor, excellent self catering and business facilities, and matchless service from multilingual staff. Choose one of our spacious Paris suites. La Défense’s futuristic buildings tower against the skyline and the River Seine meanders past. Many rooms boast balconies with stunning views over river or city.

All of our Paris suites offer the same top facilities as other La Défense hotels, including a 24-hour reception and concierge, a stylish bar and a fitness suite. Corporate guests on a business trip to Paris will appreciate the WiFi, business centre, three spacious meeting rooms and quiet library. With a metro station opposite, an RER station within five minute’s walk, private underground parking and a reliable taxi and chauffeur service, it’s easy to travel to and from Paris’ best attractions. The Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Opéra and famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are all close.

So book a stay with us today!


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