Palma Art Night XXI
One of Palma's most anticipated annual cultural events takes place for the 21st time next Saturday evening, 23rd September. It's La Nit de l'Art' Mallorca's Mediterranean version of the "Nuit Blanche" concept, which originated in Paris and many cities worldwide celebrate.
Here in Palma the many art galleries and museums join together to celebrate the autumn arts and culture season and the inauguration of their exhibitions by transforming the city's historic old town into a treasure trove for art lovers on Saturday night. The event started in a small way in 1997 and has grown and grown ever since – here's what they say about it:
La Nit de L'Art is a unique event which fuses the characteristic spirit of the traditional Spanish fiestas (where people of all ages get together in public squares and picturesque streets) to celebrate, the eclectic buzz of gallery openings and the excitement of a treasure hunt mapped out within the medieval walls of one of the most beautiful historic enclaves of the Mediterranean. Throughout a single evening, the historic quarter is taken over by the art world, with tens of thousands of visitors spilling out onto the pedestrian streets and alleyways to explore some of the most exciting exhibitions, performances and installations of the year.
You can download a full programme with maps of all the galleries and museums taking part by clicking the link where you'll see that all the big museums; Solleric, Baluard, Miro, Misericordia, Sa Nostra, Caixaforum are all open for free as well as performances and exhibitions in public spaces and squares like La Rambla, Plaza del Mercado, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Porta de Santa Catalina.
It's a very informal affair with drinks and food available in various places and musical performances in many of the venues. All in all a nice evening (from 19:00 to 23:30) with a lovely atmosphere, so why not have a stroll around and take in some art and ambiance?