The Blue Night – The Long Night of Art and Culture
Friday, 4 May, 8 p.m. to midnight:
Preview Blaue Nacht Art Competition*
Saturday, 5 May, 7 p.m. (until 6 May, around 4 a.m.):
Die Blaue Nacht
Dear visitor to Die Blaue Nacht
The topic for the 2018 Blaue Nacht will be Horizons. Looking beyond our own noses, being curious about new things – that is what we associate with the word horizon. According to the German Duden dictionary, the word Horizont also refers to perception, degree of education, open mind, field of vision, intellectual level and knowledge. In art the concept of horizon is seen as a synonym for longings and utopias, for borders and the transgression of these borders.
Particularly during its application stage to become European City of Culture, Nuremberg must review, define and occasionally transcend its own horizons. The phenomenon of nationalism emerging in many countries endangers the future-oriented and fertile horizon of Europe. With our highlight events, such as Die Blaue Nacht, we continue to believe in open-mindedness, tolerance and togetherness as the underlying principles of modern life.
And so you may again be enchanted during Die Blaue Nacht on 4* and 5 May: by the unique atmosphere of the Old Town steeped in blue light, by the projection on the castle walls, this time designed by Nuremberg’s most famous American, the artist and musician Dan Reeder, by a video mapping show which Slidemedia from Barcelona will create on the façade of the new city hall, by the quality and diversity of programmes offered by all the cultural institutions participating in Die Blaue Nacht, and finally by the always surprising projects from the Blaue Nacht Art Competition.
Many contribute to the success of Die Blaue Nacht: our main sponsors N-ERGIE Aktiengesellschaft, Deutsche Bank and NÜRNBERGER Versicherung, the supporters and art patrons, the staff of the cultural institutions involved and, last but not least, all the artists.
Heartfelt thanks to all of them!
You, the visitors to the 2018 Blaue Nacht are cordially invited to experience Nuremberg’s unique art and culture scene from a very special perspective.
Prof. Dr. Julia Lehner
Nuremberg Deputy Mayor in Charge of Cultural Affairs
Nuremberg Old Town – Topic: Horizons
Die Blaue Nacht was “born” in 2000, when Nuremberg celebrated its 950th anniversary. Originally intended as an event to demonstrate the great diversity of Nuremberg’s arts and culture scene to its citizens, after its enormous success, Die Blaue Nacht not only became a regular event, but also grew quite a bit and spread its wings. It is now held every year at the beginning of May, and with its around 150,000 visitors from at home and abroad and about 80 arts and culture venues participating in Nuremberg’s Old Town, it has become Germany’s biggest and most diverse Long Night of Art and Culture.
“100 per cent art and culture” – that’s the message for the weekend of Friday, 4 May* and Saturday, 5 May, 2018, when the nineteenth Blaue Nacht is launched. In a preview, the eleven projects of Die Blaue Nacht International Art Competition will already be presented on Friday (see information block below).
On Saturday, 5 May, starting at 7 p.m., the entire package of Die Blaue Nacht will be on offer. On the façade of the Imperial Castle, Nuremberg’s most famous American, the artist and musician Dan Reeder, will create his projection Anything goes. SlideMedia from Barcelona, supported by Berlin globetrotter, Philipp Geist – artist on the Main Market Square during 2017 Blaue Nacht – will present the Video Mapping Show HYPNOCITY on the New City Hall. With an overwhelming programme, over 70 institutions participating in Die Blaue Nacht will open their doors: from the State Theatre, all museums and all churches in the Old Town right through to clubs, arts associations, the Jazzstudio and many others. And if you missed them on Friday, you can, of course, also experience the eleven international projects from Blaue Nacht Art Competition.
Talking of “Blau” (Blue): on both days, Nuremberg Old Town will again be steeped in blue light – all street lanterns will shine blue, shop windows will be “blued”, and all participating institutions will be marked as Blaue Nacht venues with blue light. While “Blue” provides an external bracket, there is also a topic bracketing the content: in 2018 this will be the topic of Horizons.
This topic can also absolutely be understood as referring to Nuremberg’s application to become “European Capital of Culture 2025”. For particularly in times like ours, it is rather important to take a broader view, to look beyond your own nose, to widen your horizons, also across city and state boundaries!
*Friday, 4 May, from 8. p.m. to midnight: Preview Blaue Nacht Art Competition, only with FRÜHSPURT (EARLY BIRD) / PREMIUM ticket, available in advance from 4 to 15 April, 2018.
Every Blaue Nacht ticket is a combination ticket. Ticket holders may use all buses, trams and trains of the VGN (VerkehrsGroßraum Nürnberg) public transport network (including Nightliner buses) from four hours before the beginning of Blaue Nacht until the end of service.
How to get there:
Underground U1, U2, U3 to Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)
Underground U2 and U3 to Opernhaus, Plärrer, Wöhrder Wiese and Rathenauplatz
Tram lines 5, 7, 8 to Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station)
Tram line 4 to Plärrer