The Blue Night – Nuremberg’s Long Night of Art and Culture
Saturday, May 7th 2016, 7 p.m. to May 8th, 4 a.m.
Nuremberg Old Town – Topic: Truth(s)
Hard to believe: on Saturday, 7 May, 2016, Die Blaue Nacht / The Blue Night will bathe Nuremberg’s Old Town in a sea of light and colours for the 17th time. Over 70 institutions – including the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, the Neues Museum, Nuremberg State Theatre, the Museum for Communication and the DB Museum, the JazzStudio, the club stereo, the YMCA, galleries and churches – will offer a colourful spectrum of programmes and give visitors the chance to experience the diversity of Nuremberg’s cultural life. As every year, there is a topic to inspire the programmes and everybody’s thought processes: Truth(s).
The programmes offered by the 70 institutions will be supplemented by 14 art locations. Two of them are the Imperial Castle and the Main Market Square.
On the walls of the Imperial Castle, the young Polish-German artist couple, Katarzyna und Olaf Prusik-Lutz (www.prusik-lutz.com), will tell an imaginative and quirky story. Their projection Wahnheit / Truth/Delusion will use colourful images of dreams, everyday perceptions which often seem completely plausible and true to children and then in later life turn out to be endearingly fanciful and imaginative explanations of the world, though unfortunately not corresponding to truth or reality.
For all those who would like to take a closer look at this projected story: the designs will be shown in an exhibition in the Glass Building of the KunstKulturQuartier between 28 April and 15 May, 2016.
On the Main Market Square – the second hot spot of Blaue Nacht / Blue Night – the international light & art artists of Balestra Berlin will construct a Kubik, a monumental light sculpture comprising 180 water tanks which – via an app – interacts with visitors: the displays on their smartphones will shine in the same constantly changing colours as the Kubik, and from the many small loudspeakers of their mobile phones, sounds will be heard simultaneously, creating a little “symphony” (www.balestraberlin.com).
Talking of art, which has always been of major importance for Die Blaue Nacht / The Blue Night: this of course brings in the museums and galleries. In past years, the projects chosen in the International Blaue Nacht Artists’ Competition have always caused a sensation. For this year’s Blaue Nacht on 7 May, there were 145 applications, literally from all over the world (China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, England, Norway, Sweden, Israel etc.). A jury selected twelve witty and profound contributions which will again be displayed in unusual locations and amaze people during the Blaue Nacht on 7 May. Spectators are also challenged, not only because here and there their involvement is necessary and desired, but also because they can select their favourite art project to be the lucky winner of the N-ERGIE audience award, with 5000 Euros prize money.
You can, of course, just amble through Nuremberg’s Long Night of Art and Culture, but you will only have the major, all-round experience – all programmes in all institutions involved and all art projects – with the Blaue-Nacht-Ticket!
The special bonus: with a Blaue-Nacht-Ticket, you can get to Blaue Nacht / Blue Night and back home in the buses, trams and trains from the entire VGN region, free of charge, and relaxed. The ticket is valid as a transport ticket from 3 p.m. on 7 May, 2016 to about 4 a.m. on 8 May!
For further information about Blaue Nacht / Blue Night and for online ticket sales visit www.blauenacht.nuernberg.de, Facebook: blauenacht.nuernberg
You may purchase the Blue Night Ticket until
26 April, 2016, 7 p.m.
6 May, 2016, 7 p.m. (without mailing)
- at the Kultur Information in KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93 (Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- at all other ticket sales points
7 May, 2016
As print@home ticket
Please note: on 7 May – due to system charges payable – there will be a different ticket price for print@home than for tickets purchased at the box office: 20.55 € (including system charges)
- With print@home you may print your individual and 5-friends tickets (unfortunately not the reduced ones) at home. Please note: a print@home ticket will only become a combination ticket (i.e. including VGN public transport), if it is personalised. So please enter the user name for each ticket.
- On 7 May, only the Blue Night bracelets will be available at the day/evening box offices (including VGN public transport ticket).
Opening times of the Day / Evening Box Offices on May 7th 2016 (Die Blaue Nacht):
- Kultur Information im KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Kiosk in front of Lorenzkirche: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Kiosk corner Frauentorgraben / Lessingstraße: 5.30 p.m. to midnight
- Kiosk Richard-Wagner-Platz: 5.30 p.m. to midnight
- VAG-Mobil at the main train station / stance E (bus shuttle in the “Mobile Times” scheme): 6 p.m. to midnight
- Kiosk on Kornmarkt: 6 p.m. to midnight
- Kiosk Peter-Vischer-Straße, entrance Katharinenruine: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Kiosk at Sebalduskirche: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Neues Museum, Klarissenplatz: 7 p.m. to midnight
- Museum Tucherschloss, Hirschelgasse 9-11: 7 p.m. to midnight
- Germanisches Nationalmuseum, entrance Way of Human Rights: 7 p.m. to midnight
- Kunsthalle, Lorenzer Straße 32: 7 p.m. to midnight
- Tram depot St. Peter, Schloßstraße 1: 7 p.m. to midnight
- Jazzstudio, Paniersplatz 27 / 29: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
This year again: with the Blue Night Ticket/the Blue Night Bracelet, you can get to the Blue Night free of charge on all buses, trams and trains within the VGN area, and also get back home (7 May, 2016 from 3 p.m. until 8 May, 2016, about 4 a.m.).
With print@home you may print your individual and 5-friends tickets (unfortunately not the reduced ones) at home. Please note: a print@home ticket will only become a combination ticket (i.e. including VGN public transport), if it is personalised. So please enter the user name for each ticket.
Advance sales until 6 May (see above):
- individual ticket 14.30 €
- 5-friends ticket 65 € (13 € / person)
- individual ticket for holders of Nürnberg-Pass: 8.30 €
- individual ticket for print@home on 7 May: 20.55 €
(all prices include advance booking and system fees as well as VGN public transport fee).
At the day / evening box offices on 7 May:
- 16.50 € (including VGN public transport)
- While entrance is free for children up to 12 years, they will have to buy a VGN public transport ticket, if they want to use public transport.
- For one person accompanying a disabled person (ID marked with “B”), entrance is free.
- Until 6 May, 2016, 6 p.m. holders of the Nuremberg dailies’ ZAC may purchase discounted tickets at all business premises of the Nürnberger Nachrichten, of the Nürnberger Zeitung and associated regional daily papers (individual ticket: 11.7 5 €, 5-friends ticket: 53.75 €, including advance sales and system fees and VGN public transport ticket).
The Blue Night Ticket and the Blue Night Bracelet are valid
- for all programme items marked with the symbol .
- for journeys around the Old Town with (historic) buses from the “Mobile Zeit(en)” (Mobile Times) scheme.
- for a single journey with a vintage car (only in connection with a previous booking. You may book at Kultur Information, Königstraße 93, between 7 April and 6 May, 2016, 7 p.m., at their opening times stated above.
... or entitle you to a reduction or free entrance:
- club stereo (Old Town South 9, Late Night 4), MACH1 (Late Night 2) and KulturKellerei (Late Night 6).
- entrance tickets (free) for the Ballet Soiree and the Special Concert in the Opera House (see also Old Town South 1)
Through the night with the original “Blinky”!
Right through until the late night hours, apprentices of NÜRNBERGER Versicherungsgruppe, dressed in blue, will be walking around with their vendors’ trays, selling flashing magnet flower pins, the Blinkys. By buying the original flowers, still at the price of 3 €, as in past years, you can support our fascinating night of culture and make Nuremberg shine. Takings will go directly towards the next Blue Night. You can also find sales booths at St Lawrence’s Church, on Sebalder Platz and in Spitalgasse.
Blue Night Times
Core time: 7 p.m. to midnight; Late Night Meeting Points round midnight to the early hours of the morning
Exceptions are marked in the programme. Some outdoor light installations and projections will only start after dark and will then
continue until 1 a.m. The same applies to the projects of the Blue Night Art Competition (with the exception of Old Town South 4 and 5).
We hope for your understanding, if due to large visitor numbers there will be waiting times, particularly at small venues or at the ascent to the towers.
Information Pillars – Finding your way through art and culture
With its prominently displayed information pillars, the LEONI AG provides landmarks for visitors during Blue Night. The pillars will be placed next to the works of art participating in the Blue Night Art Competition and at important event locations, e.g. below the castle and at the starting points for vehicles taking part in the Mobile Zeit(en) scheme, and they will give interesting information about these events.
There will be plenty to eat and drink...
All caterers in the inner city will be ready for the visitors. In addition, high quality Blue Night catering will be on offer at the northern Lorenzer Platz, in Peter-Vischer-Straße (Katharinenruine), at Rathausplatz 2, and on Sebalder Platz.
Public Toilets (fee)
- Underground station Lorenzkirche (intermediate access level)
- New City Hall, Hauptmarkt 18 (across IHK Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
- Bahnhofsplatz 3 / underground pedestrian level
- Neutormauer 21 / Tiergärtnertor
"Die Blauen Nachrichten"
The publishing house Nürnberger Presse/Druckhaus Nürnberg GmbH & Co will issue a special supplement about the Blaue Nacht, containing current and extensive programme information. This paper will be delivered to households with the dailies Nürnberger Nachrichten and Nürnberger Zeitung one week before Blaue Nacht. In addition, “Die Blauen Nachrichten” may be picked up at all advance ticket sale locations and will be distributed during Blaue Nacht.
“Oases of Silence”
Seven churches in Nuremberg’s Old Town will again provide areas of calm in the midst of the vibrant happenings of the Blue Night:
- Open Church St Klara’s: Königstraße 64, 8 p.m. to midnight (Old Town South 12)
- St Elizabeth’s: Jakobsplatz 7, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Old Town South 15)
- St James’: Jakobsplatz 1, 7.p.m. to midnight (Old town South 16)
- St Lawrence’s: Lorenzer Platz, 8 p.m. to midnight (Old Town East 1)
- St Egidien (St Giles’): Egidienplatz, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Old Town East 24)
- St Sebaldus’: Sebalder Platz, 7 p.m. to midnight (Old Town North 11)
- Our Lady’s Church: Hauptmarkt, 7.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Old Town North 17)
Ascent of Towers
You may enjoy a view of Nuremberg’s Old Town from three towers (restricted number of participants, waiting times may occur):
- Tower of St Lawrence’s Church: 7 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. (last admission) (half-hourly guided tours, tickets at the entrance to the North Tower).
- Tower of St Sebaldus’ Church: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last admission) (visits start every half hour, tickets in the church entrance area)
- Sinwell Tower: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last admission).
Film and Photopraphs
Please note: all Blue Night visitors agree irrevocably that the organiser is entitled – without obligation to pay a fee – to have image and sound recordings of the events made for documentation and advertising purposes, and to duplicate, broadcast and use those recordings. These rights have no spatial or time limitations.