The European Quarter will welcome the forthcoming "Nuit Blanche"

The European Quarter will welcome the forthcoming "Nuit Blanche"
The beautiful Solvay Library will be one of many buildings in the European Quarter that will open its doors to the public during the night in this year's "Nuit Blanche"

The next edition of NUIT BLANCHE (Sleepless Night) will take place on Saturday 1 October, from 7pm until 5am the following morning. For the first time, NUIT BLANCHE will be based around the European Quarter, thanks to the initiative of Karine Lalieux, Councillor for Culture in the city of Brussels.

The new itinerary will run from the European Parliament to Berlaymont and will spread out around Leopold Park.

Organised by the city of Brussels, NUIT BLANCHE keeps a different quarter awake each year. For the first time since its inception in 2003, NUIT BLANCHE will be based around the European Quarter this year.

Numerous iconic locations such as the Solvay Library and the European Parliament will be included and will be open to the public all night. "It’s a challenge in terms of organisation, but essential to see the opening up of a district which is often overlooked by the Brussels population", explains Karine Lalieux.

Artistic installations and creations will be set up in public areas as well as in the iconic or usually restricted locations for the most creative, interactive and innovative night of the year. The theme of this 14th edition will be Borders, frontiers in all their forms. "A theme which will especially resonate with everything that is taking place in Europe at the moment."

As a melting pot of contemporary art, NUIT BLANCHE invites Belgian and international artists to make up its programme every year. The call for projects for 2016 will be launched this 15 February via the website "Every year, NUIT BLANCHE invites artists and the public to reclaim the city with contemporary art. The emphasis is artistic, but nonetheless popular, participatory and accessible to all", concludes Karine Lalieux.

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