Report on the first Sleepless Night organised in Paris, an unusual and artistic route open to the general public.
To celebrate an urban space made over by contemporary creation through a popular meeting: such is the ambition of the "Nuit Blanche", Festival created by the Mairie de Paris in 2001.
Under the responsibility of Jean Blaise, the creator of the festival "Les Allumés" in Nantes, the first edition took place on the 5th to the 6th of October 2002 and was organised around 20 installations spread over the different quarters of the capital. Transformed by artists adept in electronic, fine or urban art, these prestigious or ordinary places, completely exposed, invited the visitor to take a different look at his daily environment, to think about it or to feel it differently. Numerous museums, monuments and galleries open for the occasion completed the line-up of this nocturnal artistic promenade. With 500,000 visitors, success was immediate and would only confirm itself over the course of the following editions: in 2006 there were three times as many squeezing into the programme's different places.
Other European (Rome, Brussels, then Madrid, Naples, Riga...) and global (Montréal in 2004, Toronto in 2006, Istanbul and Miami in 2007) cities have since taken the principle of this great popular urban festival of contemporary art.