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Musée Carnavalet : Parisian nights from 1977 to the present day


“Paris by night” intensifies the city. On March 1, 1978, Fabrice Emaer inaugurated Le Palace with a memorable performance by singer Grace Jones, directed by photographer and director Jean-Paul Goude. The former music hall, now open to the diversity of sexualities and backgrounds, became a hotspot for Parisian nightlife.

Perhaps out of nostalgia for those festive nights of the 1970s and 1980s, Nuit Blanche has been offering, since October 5, 2002, the time of an evening extended until the morning, poetic wanderings in the city. Its first artistic director, Jean Blaise, talked about the magic of this moment when “the public took to the streets and made the night”. Nuit Blanche has been repeated every year since then.

Nocturnal territories can finally reveal spaces of solitude, where individuals call for help. Since the recent global energy crisis, the consumption of architectural illuminations has been gradually reduced, contributing to the moderation of nocturnal pollution. Will we soon see the starry sky, recognized by Unesco as an integral part of the world heritage?


Anne de Mondenard and Anne-Laure Sol, curators at the Carnavalet Museum – History of Paris


Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris | Crypte archéologique
23 rue de Sévigné – 75003 Paris
T +33(0)1 44 59 58 76 | +33(0)6 07 34 48 55


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