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Nuit Blanche—a sleepless night of art in Taipei
By Wendy Kuo
Stay up from dusk to dawn for Taipei’s first Nuit Blanche festival, when contemporary art, exhibitions, music, and performances will light up the night. Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night art festival that originated in Paris, will now grace Taipei’s art scene from 6 pm on Oct. 1, continuing through the night until 6 a.m. the next morning. More than 50 arts groups will exhibit and perform their works in one of the oldest areas of Taipei City: the four-kilometer route stretches from the historic Dadaocheng area, through the Beimen neighborhood, down Chongqing South Road Section 1, all the way to the National Taiwan Museum and 228 Peace Memorial Park.
Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, commissioner of the municipal Department of Cultural Affairs, shared some words at the Nuit Blanche Taipei press event on Thursday, Sept. 22. Hsieh explained that Nuit Blanche could be an alternative night out for the people of Taipei, “Instead of bars, people can experience the sights and sounds of Taipei’s art and culture on foot.” The all-night art festival is more than just a showcase of Taipei’s artistic accomplishments, however; it is also Taipei’s message to the world. Hsieh added, “Taipei is one of the few cities in Asia that enjoy freedom. Only with freedom of speech can you develop art to its fullest potential, when you exercise the freedom to create.”
Director of the French Office in Taipei Benoît Guidée also attended the press conference to show his support. The astounding success of the original Nuit Blanche in Paris inspired more than 120 world capitals to hold their own Nuit Blanche. Guidée said he was happy to see Taipei join the worldwide celebration of creativity and arts by hosting its very first Nuit Blanche.
In the Sin Hong Choon tea house, we see a Taipei that was a major port for international tea trading from the late 19th to the early 20 century, said Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun during the grand opening of the site on Sept. 20, when Wang presented Chen with the certificate of ownership during an elaborate ceremony.
Organized by Taipei City Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Nuit Blanche Taipei is a stage on which the collective memories of Taipei’s historic cityscape can be relived. Reinventing and reinterpreting Taipei’s story, organizers and artists will come together to bring art to the public in this iconic district.
For more information on Nuit Blanche Taipei, please visit the official website at http://nuitblanche.taipei/.