...It is arrived!!!!      Comune di Roma Camera di Commercio di Roma Ministero per i Beni e le attività culturali
  Saturday 17th September 2005
  Rome will be open all night long at
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Message of the Mayor of Rome
Message of the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Craftsmanship and Agriculture in Rome
Message of the Minister for National Heritage and Culture


With greater expectations than ever, the Notte Bianca returns of Saturday September 17 th, an event now in its third year, created and organised by the Municipality of Rome and by the city's Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture.

After the extraordinary success with the 2.000.000 visitors who in 2004 invaded the streets and squares of Rome, the city once again prepares to relive this magical festive atmosphere for a whole night.

On September 17 th from 8 P.M. until 8 A.M. the following morning, Rome will become an open city from the centre to the suburbs and the theatre for a great collective experience, addressed at proving all this city's artistic and cultural vitality, in a context having great impact on citizens and also a great attraction for tourists.

With about 500 events, the Notte Bianca will involve all the main locations in the city, from the most traditional to the most unusual ones: municipal, state and private museums, historical squares, villas and gardens, cultural institutes, institutions, theatres, libraries, churches and places of worship, cinemas, art galleries, sports centres, shopping centres, night clubs, shops, food kiosks and also locations normally closed to the public.

This year too Rome will be:

  • from the centre to the suburbs, a city devoted to solidarity, art, music, the theatre, the cinema, to games and activities for children, to sport and to shopping, in a stimulating and intriguing atmosphere, in which even daily actions assume the taste of an event, in a festive context filled with cultural curiosity

  • a sympathetic city intending to attract its inhabitants' attention to social problems with an important initiative for mother with children who are in difficult social situations

  • a city to be experience on foot and using public transport: all locations will be easily accessible because transport services will be increased throughout the night

  • a city rich in multi-discipline proposals (the visual arts, music, but also theatrical performances, dancing, installations, sound and light events) all characterised by contemporaneity and multiculturalism.

This year there are 500 events planned all over the city involving 800 artists and with the participation of:

  • The city's most important public and private Bodies and Cultural Institutions
  • Foreign academies and cultural institutes
  • Municipal, state and private museums remaining open for this special occasion
  • Cinemas and Theatres
  • Those managing public performance locations
  • Shops, boutiques, arts and crafts shops and food and tasting kiosks
  • Art galleries
  • Bookshops
  • Little known and rarely accessible art centres will be opened to the public

The ‘Notte Bianca' in Europe and overseas

The ‘Notte Bianca' is a great meeting of experiences and cultures crossing borders, overcoming barriers and uniting people and nations. This year, just two weeks after the Roman event, Paris and Brussels will celebrate their ‘Nuit Blanche' on October 1st. Paris in particular confirms it is on the same wavelength as Rome in strengthening a twinning that over the years has resulted in a fruitful cultural exchange and for the 2005 edition of the ‘Notte Bianca' also reciprocal hospitality; in fact the Italian artist David Monacchi will be present in the French capital in the “Frigos”, the ancient refrigerating cells now used as contemporary art ateliers, with an audio and visual installation inspired to primitive Amazonian settings, while the French artist Jean-Francois Fourtou will present in Rome an installation with full-size geese, giraffes and chimpanzees filling the shop windows at La Rinascente in Piazza Colonna . In addition to Rome, Paris and Brussels, the spirit of the ‘Nuit Blanche' has also infected Montreal, where last February 26th , for the second year in a row, the Quebecois discovered new aspects of their city, visiting art galleries, museums and locations used for many different performances. In 2006 the ‘Nuit Blanche' will become even more popular and international, also involving Madrid, Riga and Helsinki.




la Notte Bianca è gemellata con Nuit Blanche di Parigi
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