A night of art and culture © Daniel Karmann/Shutterstock
The arts festival known as Blaue Nacht, or Blue Night, was originally conceived as a one-time event in 2000 to mark the 950th anniversary of the founding of Nuremberg, Bavaria. That inaugural festival was popular enough that it became an annual event soon after, and attendance has grown each year since. More than 100,000 people attend this celebration of the city"s diverse arts and culture each May. The two-night artfest includes light shows projected on the outside of Old Town buildings, music performances, temporary art installations—like "Waldplastik" in today"s image—and access to Nuremberg’s cultural sites.