Taipei holds first Nuit Blanche event

Taipei will kick off its first Nuit Blanche (all-nighter) event Saturday, when more than 50 artworks and performances will be presented in the city's old center in the west side, Taipei's Department of Cultural Affairs said.

The free, all-night arts festival will run from 6 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday, the department said.

It will span 4 kilometers from the historic Dadaocheng area, the Beimen neighborhood and Chongqing South Road to the National Taiwan Museum and the 228 Peace Memorial Park, according to the department.

As part of the opening ceremony, a parade will be held around the National Taiwan Museum between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., in which Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) will also take part, the department said.

Nuit Blanche, which takes place annually on the first Saturday of October, originated in Paris in 2002 and has since spread to over 120 cities around the world.

During the festival, museums, art galleries and other cultural institutions are typically open all night and free of charge.

Taipei is the second Asian city after Kyoto to hold a Nuit Blanche event, according to the French Office in Taipei, a main co-organizer of the Taipei event.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel