To have a “Nuit Blanche” means to “Have a Sleepless Night”. The first Nuit Blanche took place in Paris France in 2002. The event started at 6pm and went until 6 in the morning. It featured all sorts of different artistic projects, and brought many tourists and visitors to Paris. Since that time Nuit Blanche events have spread across the world, and now take place in over 100 cities including Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Toronto. These events attract millions of visitors and dollars for their host municipalities, and have become a cultural phenomenon.
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