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Nuit Blanche Taipei
Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night arts festival originated in Paris and takes place the first Saturday night of October. The city of Paris invites the public to explore new aspects and depths of the city by making contemporary art accessible to the mass audience. Exhibitions, contemporary art, performances, multimedia projections, concerts, dance, and interactive events… the most creative ideas of artists and designers from all over the world turn the Nuit Blanche of Paris into one of the most cutting edge cultural events. The original concept of the Nuit Blanche is deeply connected with the urban innovation and public space design. The success of the Nuit Blanche has led over 120 world cities to organize their own Nuit Blanche. From Rome to Toronto, from Cairo to Melbourne, each year, new cities organize this event. In 2016, Taipei started joining the worldwide celebration of creativity and hosting the very first Nuit Blanche of Taiwan, together with World Design Capital 2016 as joint events.
From 2016 on, Nuit Blanche Taipei understands the old city of Taipei as the stage where the collective memories of the city can relive. Through the Beimen neighborhood, the historic Dadaocheng, walking along the eclectic bookstores that align on Chongqing South Street, reaching up to the 228 Peace Memorial Park and the National Taiwan Museum. Through the many stories of politics, culture, everyday life, the 2016 Nuit Blanche Taipei invited everyone to experience and creating the collective memories of Taipei’s West side being transformed by multimedia artworks, contemporary musicians and performances, and bringing new energies with refreshing perspectives to the city.
2018 Nuit Blanche Taipei marks the third edition of Nuit Blanche Taipei, which held along Zhongshan North Road between section one and three. The areas around the Yuanshan MRT Station and the Nanjing West Road Commercial District was the northern and southern main sites of this event, gathering at least 70 performances and 43 art installations this year. Curator Sean C.S. Hu served as 2018 Nuit Blanche Taipei’s artistic director. Under the curatorial theme of Upside Down City, the public is encouraged to open their minds for viewing people and things, and to discover extraordinary Taipei cityscapes. Zhongshan North Road was chosen as 2018 Nuit Blanche Taipei’s venue because of its many stories from different periods of Taipei’s history. These include government buildings constructed during the Japanese occupation era (1895-1945), entertainment and commercial venues from the time of the US military presence in Taiwan, and today’s cultural diversity from the gathering of migrant workers. In addition, there are offices and shops representative of the financial, wedding photography and information industries, which point to Taiwan’s economic strength. These sections of Zhongshan North Road symbolize the development of Taiwan over the past century and are worth taking a closer look at from both domestic and international perspectives for their history, geography, industries and culture. With the theme of Upside Down City, Nuit Blanche Taipei encourages exploration and the revealing of stories, It reverses and transforms the urban streets into museums without walls, urban stages, and street theaters, which worth fun strolls with endless thrill!