This year, the annual Nuit Blanche (White Night) celebration of cultural opulence in Paris also honored Tel Aviv’s 100th birthday.
On October 3, dozens of the French capital’s museums and galleries featured the works of 31 Israeli artists. Storefront windows featured video-art exhibits by Israel’s Sigalit Landau and Michal Rovner and several bookstores held readings of the works of noted Israeli authors.
The Nuit Blanche salute marked the start of France’s “100% Tel Aviv,” celebration, which comprises 100 Tel Aviv-related cultural events that will take place throughout France. The events will feature the world renowned Israeli dance company Batsheva Dance, jazz ensembles, a photo exhibition, a cinematic retrospective featuring 80 movies about Tel Aviv, and more.
The office of the cultural attaché in Paris told Israel’s Ynet website that the cultural relationship between Israel and France “is an important part of the overall political relations between the two countries… culture allows us to maintain strong ties and share values.”