May 22, 2022

arts meet sport on October 2

NUIT BLANCHE – Saturday October 2, 2021, the Parisian artistic event dedicated to contemporary art offers an urban stroll via several routes around the GR® 75 and the Greater Paris Metropolis.

[Mis à jour le 24 septembre 2021 à 14h23] L’2021 edition of Nuit Blanche celebrates the relationship between art and sport and participates in the launch of the Paris 2024 Cultural Olympiad which will lead us to the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games. The cultural event is an opportunity for many contemporary art artists to offer various installations and performances around movement, be it walking, dancing or performance, each more spectacular than the next, in the French capital.

The artistic direction of this new edition of the Nuit Blanche has been entrusted to Sandrina Martins, director of the Carreau du Temple and Mourad Merzouki, choreographer and director of the National Choreographic Center of Créteil. Sports venues are invested overnight, such as the Jacques Anquetil velodrome or the Georges Vallerey swimming pool, major Olympic venues of 1900 and 1924, as spaces for artistic expression.

This 20th edition of Nuit Blanche offers an urban stroll along the GR® 75, Grande Randonnée trail created for the candidacy of Paris for the Games and Olympic and Paralympic in 2024. This new route crosses the center of Paris and the most courageous walkers will leave to discover its 50 kilometers dotted with greenery and culture. Through four routes in Paris and its Metropolis of Greater Paris, visitors discover performances, contemporary works and cultural and sporting heritage.. Two contemporary art exhibitions, organized by the City of Paris, open their doors on the occasion of Nuit Blanche.

The starting point of Nuit Blanche is Town Hall Square around a hip-hop dance show, accompanied by an orchestra and a participatory and connected dance. Visitors are then invited to take one of the Nuit Blanche routes along the GR® 75, punctuated by performances and contemporary works of art, as well as food trucks. For the third time, this large open-air contemporary art event will have a metropolitan dimension, also investing 13 municipalities in Greater Paris. Here are the different routes offered:

  • Center course : “from the Place de l’Hotel de Ville, you are invited to take a tour around the Seine, passing by the Museum of Modern Art, the Quai Branly Museum, or the Jeu de paume, in the direction of the Quartier Jeunes , the Climate Academy, the Canopée des Halles, the Saint-Eustache church, the Pompidou center, the Carnavalet Museum and the Carreau du Temple “.
  • North course : nearly 6km on the GR® 75 from Porte d’Aubervilliers to Porte des Lilas. “You take the Linear Forest, a new ecological reserve along the ring road before joining the Saint Denis canal which leads you to the Parc de la Villette which you cross to the Porte de Pantin. From there, GR®75 takes you on the Boulevard d’Indochine before joining Boulevard Serurier through the charming Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, which offers a breathtaking view of the metropolitan North East.You then take the direction of the Porte des Lilas, with a detour to the Georges-Vallerey Olympic swimming pool, built for the 1924 Olympics “.
  • East course : nearly 9 km on the GR® 75 from Porte de Vincennes to the Grands Moulins. “From the Porte de Vincennes, go towards the Porte Dorée to explore the small streets of the 12th arrondissement. You then cross the Bois de Vincennes towards the CIPALE velodrome, this remarkable site built in 1896 and then used in 1900 and 1924 for the Olympic Games, and which received the arrival of the Tour de Rance until 1974! You then return to the Porte de Charenton, to cross the Léo Lagrange Sports Center, a true testimony of the sports heritage of the era of the Popular Front. you follow Boulevard Poniatowski in the direction of the Seine and Parc de Bercy, before taking the Simone de Beauvoir footbridge which leads you to the BnF esplanade. Finally, you can continue to the Grands Moulins, a former industrial flour mill of Paris transformed today into university buildings “.
  • West course : about 4.5 km from Balard to Porte d’Auteuil. “From Balard, discover the Parc André Citroën then towards the Pont de Garigliano. From there, the GR® 75 will take you to discover the Trinquet Village and the unique Parisian pediment of Pelote Basque. After reaching the gate from Saint-Cloud, you will discover the route of the great stadiums, the emblematic Parc des Princes and its astonishing brutalist architecture, as well as the Stade Jean Bouin and its fine mesh created by the architect Rudy Ricciotti. des Serres d’Auteuil, one of the four poles of the botanical garden of the City of Paris, bordering Roland Garros “.

The White Night is organized every first Saturday of October. The 20th edition of the Nuit Blanche will take place in Paris October 2, 2021 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The annual budget that the City of Paris allocates to this event has fallen sharply, from 2.5 million euros to 810,000 euros. Like every year, this will be the opportunity to discover astonishing installations across Paris. A way to rediscover your neighborhood and observe it from a new perspective.

Access to events scheduled as part of Nuit Blanche will be subject to presentation of a health pass or European certificate showing a valid QR Code in digital form or on paper. Wearing a mask from the age of 6 is also required in all of these places. Spectators not residing in France or the European Union must perform an RT-PCR or antigen test. Hydroalcoholic gel is available to spectators in the various spaces.