Palma's 19th 'La Nit de l’Art' has art and entertainment for everybody
Every year since 1997, the public and private art galleries of Palma have marked the start of the art 'season' with an open house night which has grown and grown and grown. Over the last five years in particular the event has become one of the biggest occasions of the social calendar with thousands and thousands of people flocking into Palma's fascinating old town area, thronging the streets, galleries and shops on balmy September evenings.
This year's Nit de l’Art (perhaps more well known as Nuite Blanche) is a little different because it's been expanded to 3 days with calmer, more low key evenings taking place this Thursday and Friday, 17th and 18th September. However, the main thrust of the event, the night itself is on Saturday 19th at 19:00 when all the galleries open up, usually with wine and nibbles thrown in, and all for free.
There are around 20 places to visit in total including the big establishments like Es Baluard, Caixaforum, Casal Solleric and Misercordia as well as the small private galleries hidden away in the narrow streets of the old town. There's even an Ad Hoc exhibition space in the Plaza Puerta de Santa Catalina, where Kelly Cumberland and Michael James Walker have a pop up installation of art utilising the topography of the space.
To make life easier for strollers, the main streets circling the main area will be closed to traffic and for extra entertainment there will be live music – Jansky in the Borne, Nick Wave in the Plaza Frederick Chopin and Backlash in the Plaza de Mercado.
The Nit de l’Art is an extremely pleasant way to spend an evening, and if I've whetted your appetite or curiosity, take a look at the official website which has all the details including downloadable maps and programmes, or just go and follow the crowds!
Note, my photo was taken earlier this year in the Casal Solleric.