2 million attend 'White Night'

6th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

Paris’s seventh annual all-night cultural event featured rock stars, Bollywood dancers and light shows.

6 October 2008

PARIS -- More than two million people crowded the streets of the French capital overnight Saturday for a "White Night" of musical and cultural events, officials said.

US rock musician Patti Smith was a top attraction at Paris's seventh annual  "Nuit Blanche", which also featured a light and sound show by Japan's Ryoji Ikeda in front of the Montparnasse skyscraper.

Long lines of people waited outside the Saint-Germain de Pres church to catch Smith's performance, a "meeting of the pagan and religious", as Paris's top culture official Christophe Girard said.

Girard estimated turnout to be about 50 percent higher than 2007, when 1.5 million people attended the all-night festivities.

Other events in 2008 included a screening of a film by Bollywood director Shaad Ali at the Gare de Lyon, with Indian dancers dressed in coats performing some of the complex scenes in the train station.

[AFP / Expatica]

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