The longest night of the year is this one. It lasts from Friday to Sunday
Also this year in the metropolis you can experience a magical walk through the city for art and you will see your favorite places through a different lens. The White Night will light up Bratislava in the second half of September.
From Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September, the streets and famous and unknown places in Bratislava will be filled with art, people and a magical atmosphere. The White Night offers visitors an unconventional walk through the city, which will thus come alive with works of art of world quality.
White Night offers visitors the opportunity to take an unconventional artistic tour of the Slovak capital by night, full of new experiences and sensations. On the second Saturday of September, night becomes day as the streets of the city 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.
There will be no shortage of unusual spatial installations at the festival. This year’s White Night route promises 53 art stops, great headliners and countless experiences.
Experience the city in a different outfit. A rich program and a walk through the city full of art can be enjoyed not only one night – White night will last three days and three nights. Create your own route. You don’t need to follow the numbers chronologically when walking through the city. The order is up to you. In addition, the White Night is also thinking of a child viewer. This year it also brings special works for children. However, there are also a few exceptions in the programme that are not suitable for children.
Most of the works are publicly accessible, but some of them are subject to a fee. Some works can only be accessed with the festival pass BN Pass. But you’ll see they’re worth it.
A walk through the light landscape, visit an abandoned bar, allow obsessive robots to sketch your portrait, awaken the already disappeared street art, be surprised by monumental inflatables in familiar streets, influence the surrounding paintings by playing the drums, watch your animated “me” dance on the facades of buildings, engage in interactive installations, to get excited about new technologies in art, to see the fabulous Moon on Earth, to enjoy concerts and literary readings, to visit dance and audiovisual performances, to participate in creative workshops or to try slam poetry. You can do all this during the White Night.
White Night is a prestigious international art project designed to raise awareness among the public about contemporary forms of art and to bring such works to untraditional, unrecognized and yet significant European cities. It first started in Paris in 2002, and is regularly visited by millions of people. From its beginnings in Paris, the project has expanded over the years to such places as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Santa Monica, Montreal, Toronto, Rome, Tel Aviv, Gaza, Jerusalem, Madrid, Brussels, Riga, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Brighton, Turin, Naples, St. Petersburg, Košice and Bratislava. After five editions in Košice, the festival was spread to capital of Slovakia thus linking the east and west of the country with the art.
The diverse offer of different artistic genres will guarantee everyone to get to know the latest trends in various artistic disciplines. Alongside art, visitors will discover interesting and unconventional spaces that will exceptionally accommodate contemporary forms of art, such as courtyards, parks, stations, bridges, waterfronts, swimming pools, shopping centers, parking lots, private spaces and various places that are usually inaccessible to people.
Spectators will encounter the latest world trends in contemporary art in unconventional places such as parks, bridges, waterfronts, facades, walls, cemeteries, lakes and shop windows. Visually attractive installations, digital art, mapping, performance, concerts and dancing will last only for one night.
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