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Nuit Blanche in Paris: The events not to miss (including a liquefied Eiffel Tower)

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Nuit Blanche in Paris: The events not to miss (including a liquefied Eiffel Tower)
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The French capital's all-night arts festival known as "La Nuit Blanche" (sleepless night) is back and this year the focus is on highlighting the city's monuments. These are the events you won't want to miss out on.

The 17th edition of the annual Nuit Blanche, which translates as "sleepless night" is set to take place this weekend (October 6th and 7th).

This year's event which sees museums and galleries open all night, has been curated by French artist Gaël Charbau and as usual there will be a huge range of events taking place across the French capital. 

For those who want to focus on one particular area, there will be artistic ‘constellations', where lots of different events will be taking place at Invalides, La Villette, L'Ile Saint-Louis and Porte Dorée. 

Here's a selection of some of the best evens Nuit Blanche 2018 has to offer. 

Scandinavian electro party at Les Invalides
 
Get set to take a step into the future as Scandinavian DJs take over one of the city's most prestigious tourist spots, Les Invalides.
 
Norwegian DJ Lindstrøm and Swedish DJs Axel Boman and Kornél Kovácswill be wowing audiences with their electro sets long into the night, with their tracks set to be accompanied with a light show specially designed for electro concerts, consisting of geometric shapes lit by LEDs.
 
This event is part of the Les Invalides 'constellation'.. 
 
Price: Free 
When: Saturday, October 6th from 10 pm to 4 am
Where: Esplanade des Invalides, Rond-Point du Bleuet de France, 75007 Paris. 
 
 
The Eiffel Tower...liquefied 
 
If you'd like to see Paris' most famous monument as you've never seen it before, then be sure to head there late on Sunday night. 
 
French street artist, ZEVS, who is known for his liquidation technique, is set to put on a show entitled 'Eiffel Phoenix' from midnight - 7 am which will make the tower look as if it could be poured right into a glass. 
 
Price: Free
When: Sunday October 7th, midnight - 7 am 
Where: The Eiffel Tower
 
Metro line 1 to turn into a jungle
 
To many commuters who have to face line one of the Paris Metro on a daily basis this might sound more like reality than art. 
 
But on Nuit Blanche, it will have more of the literal jungle about it, with ferns and ivies set to fill the carriages of the Metro's swishest line. 
 
Thanks for Nothing at Pont Alexandre III 
 
For one night only one of the most famous bridges in the whole of the French capital will be pedestrianized... and renamed. 
 
On Saturday night from 7 pm to 2 am the Pont Alexandre III will be known as the "Pont des Echanges" (Bridge of Exchanges). 
 
And instead of sharing the bridge with cars, visitors will find a programme of performances, readings and screenings on the themes of art and sharing by the Thanks for Nothing collective. 
 
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 7 pm to 2 am
Where: Pont Alexandre III 
 
 
Fashion shows at Hotel de Ville
 
Want to see models strut through the grand surroundings of the Hotel de Ville? Well, now you have your chance. 
 
On Saturday night, the French capital's City Hall will turn into a catwalk for fashion shows that combine everyday looks with pop culture and if you like what you see, the clothes will be available on classified ads website Le Bon Coin afterwards.
 
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 7 pm to 3 am 
Where: Hotel de Ville
 
 
As many of you will know, Nuit Blanche in the French capital isn't just about quirky twists on everyday life, it's also a chance to enjoy the city's cultural offerings after hours. 
 
And with that in mind, visitors will be able to see concerts at the Paris Philharmonic from dusk till dawn at an all-night event with performances including a clarinet/organ duo, orchestral pop and music by some of Fance's greatest composers.  
 
Find the complete programme HERE
 
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 7 pm to 6 am 
Where: Paris Philharmonic
 
 
 
Paris Zoological Park will be taking part in the Nuit Blanche for the very first time this year, offering visitors a musical walk around the park which aims to immerse the public in the dreamlike world of Jules Verne, author of Around the World in 80 Days.
 
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th, 8 pm to 4 am
Where: Paris Zoological Park, Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris.
 
Culture vultures become night owls at Paris' museums 
 
The French capital's major museums are set to stay open long into the night and entry will be free. 
 
The Musée du Luxembourg will be open to everyone from 7pm to 1am, at the Musée de l'Orangerie visitors will be able to enjoy Monet's stunning water lilies alongside classical musical performances from 7 pm to 4 am. 
 
On top of that the "Miró" and "Dazzling Venice" exhibitions of the Grand Palais will also be open to the public from 8 pm to 1 am.
 
Price: Free
When: Saturday October 6th (times vary, check individual websites)
 

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