10 of the best night-time festivals this autumn


Welcome in the longer, colder nights with these after-dark arts festivals around the world, lighting up cities with installations and performance

Nuit Blanche, Toronto
“Less sleep, more art”, say the creatives of Toronto, who are transforming the city for an all-nighter of contemporary art hosted by major cultural institutions, indie arts venues and public spaces. The varied programme includes film, sound installation, kinetic sculpture, artist talks, live performances in unusual settings: from a Mongolian yurt to an American Airstream, a walk-through 3D model of the night sky, and even a creative (edible) project in the form of dumplings from around the world.

Kulturnatten, Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s enormous annual culture night sees over 250 arts venues, libraries, churches, parks and other public spaces around the city taking part. There’s something for everyone: behind-the-scenes tours around galleries, theatres, parliamentary buildings and a warship; dance workshops; concerts in churches; Shakespeare in a graveyard; street theatre, art installations and even a UV hair salon. Some events require registration in advance.

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