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Spend a Nuit Blanche in Paris on Saturday, October 1st!


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For the 15th rendition of the Nuit Blanche, follow the amorous quest of Poliphilo throughout Paris and its nearby suburbs: from the Gare de Lyon to Issy-les-Moulineaux.

There are no less than 40 artistic projects being displayed along the Seine, which recount the various emotions and ordeals of love. You can follow the strifes of Poliphilo, he of the XVth century novel, hero of this 15th edition, who travels in a dream to pursue Polia, with whom he is madly in love.

For this event, we have selected the places in Paris that you should not miss. Your tour starts in the west:

In the 12th arrondissement, do not miss:
  • The Gallery of frescoes in the Gare de Lyon on the theme: “waiting for Poliphilo”: impatient to see Poliphilo arrive in Paris, the emblematic cats of Alain Séchas are stationed at the Gare de Lyon to celebrate his arrival.
  • In front of the Gare de Lyon: Abraham Poincheval awaits the coming of the hero of the Nuit Blanche to the capital. At more than fifteen meters above the ground, the artist set himself the challenge of living between heaven and earth during the week before the Nuit Blanche.

For your tour in the 12th arrondissement, consider reserving a parking place in the Gare de Lyon car park.

Nuit Blanche festival in Paris

Before continuing along the Seine, make a small detour to the Philharmonie de Paris and learn about the new choreographic numbers and numerous mini concerts. Spend part of the night listening to Vexations by Satie, Phillip Glass’ complete works for piano or Brahms, talking to the DJs and other artists. The car park located under the Philharmonie de Paris is available for online reservation, and leads directly to the concert halls.

Then go to the center of Paris, and visit the Théâtre du Chatelet to discover an original creation... an interactive installation conceived of as a video game by the plastic artist Nicolas Buffe! The artist invites you to take charge of Poliphilo’s destiny, and to guide him in his romantic journey to rejoin his beloved Polia. The closest safe, closed car park is the Rivoli Pont-Neuf car park.

Before ending Poliphilo’s amorous quest, stop for a moment at the Grand Palais (an 8 minute walk from the Quai d’Orsay car park) and see the free Hergé exhibit. This is the time to (re)discover the world of the 24 albums created between 1929 and 1983 by Georges Remi, known as Hergé.

You will then be at end of your quest at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, where the heart and body of Poliphilo are finally delivered, to the sound of Ravel’s Bolero. Marie-Agnès Gillot and Julie Guibert interpret a choreographic score co-written with the prisoners of the Maison Centrale d’Arles. The Marceau car park is located a few meters from the theater and is available for online reservation.

And don't forget, all during your quest, a “broken heart workshop” will distribute fragmented hearts to the visitors. The visitors will then be able to put them back together at the end of the journey.