Tuesday, September 20, 2011

An Arty All-Nighter: Nuit Blanche Comes to DC This Friday

As a native New Yorker, I'm frankly chagrined that my artsy hometown won't be the first to sponsor this fest in the United States. Who would have expected that stodgy Washington, DC--a city better known for its high alerts than its high arts--would be encouraging its residents to hit the streets after midnight? (And with so many conservatives in Congress, you'd think that at least one of them would have objected to the city sponsoring something so unashamedly Gallic. Remember "freedom fries"?)

Art installation, Paris' Nuit Blanche
But that's exactly what the Capitol will be doing this Friday, September 24, when it hosts the heady, all-night arts festival Nuit Blanche that debuted in Paris a decade ago, and has been making the round of world cities ever since. Granted, its not quite all night here. Unlike the Parisians, who attend performances and parties until dawn during their "White Nights", the DC event will end at 3am.

But until then, the night promises serious fun. Some 72 artists will be participating, from visual artists who will create site-specific sculptures and murals; to designers who will stage a fashion show; to performances by an array of luminaries, like the Grammy-nominated (2010) Hip Hop celeb Christylez Bacon.

It seems like venues and artists are still being added (at least from the incomplete state of the website for the event). Hopefully, it will have more information as the week goes on. Click on the link above for what information there currently is.

1 comment:

  1. Pauline, thanks for posting this! Sounds like something to go on the calendar for the weekend! We can seem kind of boring down here at times, but most of us also love to get out of our suits, take off the badges, and have fun (but maybe not at 4am in the morning, haha).