THE BLUE NIGHT 2025
Preview Art Competition
Friday, 9th May 2025
The Blue Night
Saturday, 10th May 2025
In 2000, the year after Nuremberg’s 950th anniversary, the first Blue Night invited Nuremberg citizens to see and experience art and culture in an unusual setting and at an unusual time of day. Since then, THE BLUE NIGHT has become Germany’s biggest and most varied Long Night of Art and Culture, with about 140,000 visitors annually, coming from Nuremberg, the surrounding region, the entire Federal Republic and abroad. On offer are more than 300 programme presentations in over 80 institutions, courtyards, on squares and in the streets of Nuremberg’s Old Town.
Over 80 culture sites will open their doors for exhibitions, concerts, readings, activities to join, light art shows – something for everybody, big and small. In the programme brochure, English language information is always in italics. We have particularly marked programme items which can be enjoyed without knowledge of German. A warm thank-you to our main sponsors, NÜRNBERGER Versicherung, N-ERGIE Aktiengesellschaft for their loyal support over a long time, and a welcome to our new sponsor, Gerüstbau Vogel. I would also like to thank all new and all familiar supporters and art sponsors, all members of staff of the culture institutions involved, all artists, and last but not least the team of the Project Office.
Prof. Dr. Julia Lehner
City of Nuremberg Mayor in charge of culture
Tickets / box office
You can buy tickets at the advance sale or box office price online. Additional information about buying tickets and about discounts will be available at the Kultur Information, Königstraße 93 (Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and at all other ticket sales points.
On Friday, 5 May until close of business of the advance sales outlets or online in the webshop of Kultur Information from midnight, there will only be tickets for Friday and Saturday for the day/evening box office price.
On Friday, from 10 a.m. you may purchase tickets at the Kultur Information, or after 7:30 p.m. at the kiosk at Lorenzkirche.
BLAUE NACHT art competition and Audience Award
This is the eleventh time that you, the audience, can decide about the Audience Award endowed with 5,000 Euros, by voting for your favourite art project among the 12 projects participating in the Blaue Nacht Art Competition. As a ticket holder, you can vote for projects online right then and there when you are viewing them or you can vote on all event days. On the evening, you will be able to follow the current state of voting on our website. The winning project will be announced on 6 May, after mid-night, for example on our website.
For the 2023 BLAUE NACHT art competition, 154 projects from 27 different countries were submitted. An expert jury selected twelve projects. On Friday, 5 May between 8 p.m. and midnight, you may get a preview of (exclusively) the art competition projects, and on Saturday, 6 May, you can experience the entire event of BLAUE NACHT including the art competition projects (7 p.m. until midnight, programme for families from 5 p.m., Late Night from 10 p.m.). The competition projects are easy to recognise: in the programme they are marked with a little crown. You can find them on the “Blaue-Nacht-Kunstwettbewerb” (Art Competition) tour (see p. 8/9). Outdoor light installations will only start at nightfall around 8.30 p.m.
You're a fan of DIE BLAUE NACHT?
Show it! Buy a Blinky magnet pin to make the night sparkle and support the event’s next issue. Original Blinkys are sold exclusively at NÜRNBERGER booths on Richard-Wagner-Platz, Rathausplatz and at Lorenzkirche. Mobile sales teams will also be out and about in the city.
From ticket to bracelet
Every ticket purchased in the advance sales will be exchanged for a Blaue Nacht bracelet at the first venue you get to. The bracelet will remain your ticket for the entire BLAUE NACHT. At the evening box offices on 5 and 6 May, you will immediately be issued with the bracelet (including VGN public transport).
Your ticket as a transport ticket
All tickets for DIE BLAUE NACHT are combination tickets! With a ticket for DIE BLAUE NACHT/ a bracelet for DIE BLAUE NACHT, you can get to DIE BLAUE NACHT free of charge on all buses, trams and trains within the entire VGN area, and also get back home (5 and 6 May, from 3 p.m. until end of service, including NightLiner buses) A TicketDirect will only become a combination ticket once it is personalised.
The Blaue Nacht Tickets and the Blaue Nacht bracelets are combination tickets for public transport, and they are valid entrance tickets for all programme items marked with the symbol (T), for journeys around the Old Town with the Blaue Nacht Bus Shuttle (p. 88) and for free entrance to the Late Night programmes.
Children and accompanying persons
For one person accompanying a disabled person (ID marked with “B”), entrance to Blaue Nacht is free. Children under 14 may discover DIE BLAUE NACHT without a ticket, if they are accompanied by an adult. Please bring ID and remember that you will have to buy a public transport ticket for the children, since they do not travel free of charge.
In 2023, too, we will provide landmarks for visitors to the Blaue Nacht with illuminated information pillars. They will be placed next to the works of art participating in the Blaue Nacht Art Competition and at important event locations, and they will provide interesting information about these events. In addition, the façades of all institutions involved in DIE BLAUE NACHT will be highlighted in blue.
Social media, films and photographs
Post your most beautiful impressions and follow what’s happening in DIE BLAUE NACHT on our social media channels: Twitter (NuernbergKultur), Instagram (@projektbuerokultur_nbg) and Facebook (DIE BLAUE NACHT)!
All visitors to DIE BLAUE NACHT 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.