Ladies, having trouble sleeping recently? Don’t worry, I have found the solution to your sleeping woes, well at least a fun way to spend hours of insomnia instead of staring at the ceiling counting your imaginary Jimmy Choo shoes.

Nuit Blanche (which literally means “sleepless night” or “white night” in French) is a huge cultural event that helps people rediscover their surrounding urban environment from a totally different perspective. Held annually (normally in early October), Paris, Berlin and St Petersburg all lay claim to founding this festival which has also been called the White Night festival and Long Night of the Museums. Now in its tenth year, events run from sunset to sunrise leaving you just enought time to grab some breakfast and head back to work after one seriously fun sleepless night.

street in Paris

It’s not just one huge party (although that is definitely an important aspect and the bit I’m obviously looking forward to). Nuit Blanche events are cultural, social and sometimes even sporty; during Nuit Blanche in Montreal many open air ice skating rinks pop up all over the city allowing family and friends to skate the night away. I seem to remember coliding with a troop of ice skating drag queens at around 4am which was without a doubt the hightlight of my Nuit Blanche 2008. Many museums, private & public art galleries and institutions open their doors for free allowing you to see exhibitions, collections and performance which are not often open to the public and it’s also a great opportunity to catch a local band or singer who often perform in the streets for anyone wanting to listen.

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A city can become a different place when the sun goes down and Nuit Blanche allows people to discover a different side to the city where they live. Over 120 cities across the world now participate in this annual festival and even New York is holding its first ever Nuit Blanche this year. Nuit Blanche festivals in Brussels, Paris, New York and Toronto are just around the corner and are taking place on Saturday the 2nd of October whereas you’ll have to wait until February 2011 to experience it in Montreal and June 2011 for London. If you want to know what’s happening in a city near you and plan your nighttime agenda check out some these Nuit Blanche Websites; Paris, Brussels, Montreal, Toronto, New York and London.

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