White night is the largest and most visited festival of contemporary art in Slovakia. It is one of the most beautiful autumn events in Bratislava, where you can experience an untraditional artistic walk through the night city, full of experiences, sensations and new perceptions. During one Saturday in October, the night becomes day and the streets of the city fill up with people and art. Each visitor gets an artistic map that guides him or her through various art spots: visually attractive installations, concerts, films, various theatre plays, dances, literature, and live performances.
On the last Saturday in September, the night will become day and the streets of Slovak capital will be filled with people and art. Each visitor will receive a map guiding them along the numerous stops including visually-stunning installations, concerts, films, theatre, dance, literature, live performances, and much more.
The concept of the event was born at Paris city hall and was spread across the whole world. In French, “nuit blanche” is an annual all-night or night-time arts festival. A Nuit Blanche will typically have museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge, with the centre of the city itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings, and other activities. In the 12 years of its history, the concept has extended to 10 other locations in Europe and seven elsewhere in the world, from Buenos Aires to Kyoto.
In Slovakia, the festival was at the beginning organized in Košice, in hotels, then on a small train, and at a disco. The festival soon grew to big for Košice, so it was moved to Bratislava.