On Sunday, October 1, 2016, Taipei hosted its first ever Nuit Blanche. What is this festival, and why does it have a French name? Let’s take a look!
The Origins of Nuit Blanche
An art director named Jean Blaise first came up with the idea for Nuit Blanche, or “White Night”, when the mayor of Paris asked him to create an all-night public festival of art in 2002. Works of art were placed throughout the city, and museums, art galleries, and other attractions were open all night. The purpose was to make art more accessible and to encourage people to explore their own city.
一位名為Jean Blaise的藝術總監第一個誕生出白晝之夜(Nuit Blanche)的想法，或又稱做「White Night」（英文），是在2002年時，巴黎市長要求他創造出一個徹夜通宵的公共藝術慶典時想出的。藝術品會遍佈城市到處，且博物館、藝廊及其他的觀光景點整夜開放。目的是為了讓藝術更加親民，且鼓勵人們探索他們自己的城市。
Nuit Blanche Today
Last year, people in 120 cities around the world celebrated Nuit Blanche. Some of the biggest celebrations took place in Toronto, Canada, Rome, Italy, and of course Paris, France.
Nuit Blache 2016 in Taipei
Since Taipei was the World Design Capital in 2016, it was suitable for the city to organize a Nuit Blanche festival. The celebration was held in a large area including National Taiwan Museum, North Gate, and Dadaocheng. Many people in the crowd wore costumes as they enjoyed art installations and light displays on the sides of buildings. The Office of the President was open to visitors at night for the first time ever. However, some people complained that the festival ended around midnight, even though it is supposed to go all night.