The city's Nuit Blanche (sleepless night) takes place on Saturday, October 5th and has a packed programme – including the chance to dance or cycle on the périphérique.
12 monumental works of contemporary art, brought to life by musicians, dancers and DJs, will be paraded from Place de la Concorde to Place de la Bastille from 7pm. Expect a festival atmosphere as they wind their way through the streets, before dispersing to various points in the capital after 11pm.
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La Grande Traversée
An experience designed to combine sport and culture, two 10km routes have been set up for you to run through the city, checking in at all the top cultural sites as you go. Stop-offs include the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Louvre. The starting point for both routes is Place de la Concorde, with runners setting off between 10pm and 11:30pm. There'll be cloakrooms provided, and remember to bring ID!
You wouldn't want to try cycling on here during rush hour, but on Saturday night part of the périphérique will be closed and given over to music, dance and sporting activities including cycling. Photo: AFP
For the first time, a section of the north-eastern Paris ring-road will be closed to cars and transformed into a luminous velodrome, with ultra-cool lighting provided by the 1024 architecture studio. Music, dance and sporting activities will be taking place, with plenty of street food too. You don't need to book, just turn up with a bike or Vélib', which you'll be able to customise with bright accessories. Arrive at the Porte de Pantin from 7pm.
Les Artistes Promeneurs
Respected artists from around the world, including Alain Arias Misson, Pilar Albarracin and Hans-Walter Müller will be dotted around in various locations on foot, inviting passers-by to take part in a range of contemporary works. Information on who they are and where they'll be is available here.
Five 'stations' are also being set up across the city, to act as hives of cultural activity. Not only will they receive artwork from the parade, but they'll act act as a base for exhibitions, performances, raves and even karaoke. Remember, public transport will be staying open all night, so you don't have to worry about an expensive taxi home!