Since then, it has been growing steadily and is widely regarded as one of the highlights of the social calendar with tens of thousands of visitors spilling onto the pedestrian streets and historic alleyways to discover some of the most exciting exhibitions, performances, video-installations and urban interventions.
Seventeen years on, and despite its popularity, La Nit de l’Art continues to stay faithful to the same independent spirit and spontaneity it began with. Perhaps one of the secrets of its enduring appeal is precisely its refusal to become part of a rigid institutional organisation, and to comply with a set predefined programming; although the association of art galleries “Art Palma Contemporani” publishes a map with the list of galleries in the official program, until a few days (and sometimes hours) before official launch, no one knows exactly what is going to be on show.
La Nit de l'Art is one of the projects organised in collaboration with the following Associations:
Asociación Art Palma Contemporani
Aside from the galleries which appear in the official program, and for one night only, everyone who is anyone in the arts circuit joins in the celebration to showcase new work, in a mix of traditional art venues, and alternative spaces such as cafés, bars, private apartments, balconies and façades of historic buildings, artist studios, rooftop terraces, public squares, parking spaces, fountains, and shop windows.
The guardians of the free spirit of the Nit de l’Art are the galleries who launched it fifteen years ago. Today, they are operate under the association “Art Palma Contemporani”, and continue to provide the backbone to the event without clipping its wings, by:
- Providing the funds necessary to finance the official programme
- Publishing an official guide to the event, which includes a map and lists the galleries participating in the official program.
- Coordinating and hosting the press conference
- Managing the website which contains information on upcoming editions