White Night is a city-wide night of the arts which originated in Europe and has spread to cities around the globe, , including Cairo, Berlin, Barcelona, Melbourne, to name but a few. The name ‘White Night’ derives from the Parisian event nuit blanche. Literally meaning night white; figuratively, a sleepless night, referring to the fact some venues in the international versions of this event stay open all night. White Night was held in New Zealand for the first time in 2011 as part of the Auckland Arts Festival, then again in 2013 and 2015, 2016, 2017