Nuit Blanche Taipei to kick off in Dazhi, Neihu districts
Thousands of light-emitting diodes that illuminate on contact with water are part of “Waterlight Graffiti,” an interactive artwork by French artist Antonin Fourneau that is on display at Nuit Blanche Taipei Oct. 5-6 in Taiwan’s capital city. (Courtesy of NBT)
This year’s Nuit Blanche Taipei festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in the capital city’s Dazhi and Neihu districts for an atmospheric night full of artistic displays.
Organized by Taipei City Government in partnership with French Office in Taipei, the fourth edition of the festival is themed “Double-Face Ballet” based on the concept that every person in the city is multifaceted.
At a promotional press conference, FO Director Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave said that 30 cities worldwide have hosted their own Nuit Blanche since the inaugural event was held in Paris in 2002. The festival has endured and spread globally thanks to its ethos of encouraging attendees to interact with artists and artworks, he added.
According to the TCG’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the 12-hour celebration is set to feature 22 art installations and over 44 interactive performances and programs staged in the streets and cultural sites of the northeastern districts.
Originating in France in 2002, Nuit Blanche takes place annually on the first Saturday of October in cities around the world, with art galleries, museums and cultural organizations open throughout the night and free of charge. Taipei was the second city in Asia to stage the event in 2016 after Kyoto in Japan.