More than 50,000 people attended the 14th Nuit Blanche
Sunday, 02 October 2016
More than 50,000 people attended the 14th Nuit Blanche on Saturday. It was held in the European quarter for the first time. The theme was “Borders”, which is a “current topic, and perfectly suits Nuit Blanche’s goal: break down the barriers between people, cultures and disciplines, and create connections through art”. This statement comes from Brussels authorities, which is behind the project.
From 7pm to 3am, around thirty installations and animations were held in emblematic buildings such as the Concert Noble and Solvay Library. There were also events in hidden and less known areas of the European quarter.
“Right now, the European Union is dealing with multiple issues and citizen’s confidence in its institutions is at an all-time low. Nuit Blanche allows people to reclaim the quarter and discover its surprises”, the organisers say.
They think the 14th edition went very well. “The organisers took a risk having it in the European quarter, which is usually empty on Saturday evening. The public showed up despite that and the rainy weather”, says Karine Lalieux, the Brussels Culture councillor.
“The event had a great atmosphere, and included people from all walks of society. Many artistic projects interacted with the public, which meant a lot of queues. However, I think people queuing for culture, to see artists and ask questions is a good thing”, says Mrs Lalieux.