Diner En Blanc: a Unique Dining Experience that’s keeping the Mystery Alive
Diner En Blanc
There isn’t much room for secrecy in today’s world of smartphones and social media. But somehow for over 25 years, the organisers of Diner En Blanc managed to preserve at least some mystery.
Of course if you’d become witness to one of the iconic public events, it would be hard to believe that it’s not planned months in advance. Hundreds or even thousands of people gather together at a location disclosed just mere hours before the event itself, all fully dressed in white, all while bringing their own table, chairs, tablecloths (all white, of course) and meals.
Having already been organised in 50 cities around the world, the event actually came to be as a simple idea by a group of friends to have a picnic together in a beautiful public setting. In order to find each other in the crowd, they all decided to wear white, and the event quickly snowballed into what became one of the iconic endeavours of Paris, without any kinds of media stunts.
Places like the Eiffel Tower, Pont des Arts, Château de Versailles, the Esplanade de Notre-Dame, the periphery of the Place de l’Étoile and many others have become the spontaneous host to the event, with fresh additions of Le Louvre Pyramid and the Trocadero Esplanade.
What is even more astounding, that although the event organisers never got any permits to arrange this grandiose gathering in Paris to this day, it is tolerated by the local authorities and not one event was ruined by interference of the police. Of course, in foreign cities the proper permits are obtained.
And now, 25 years after the first gathering, Diner le Blanc has become a widely recognised phenomenon which attracts over 15,000 people from all over the world to take part every year. Cities like New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, London, Barcelona and many others have already had their own Diner en Blanc, with the gatherings held at some of the most special places in each city, giving everyevent a unique flavour.
In fact, the event is returning to Sydney on November 29th, and it has already sold out, promising to be one of the more memorable occasions to date.
But even with all the glamour and beauty, perhaps the biggest and most impressive takeaway from Diner en Blanc is how the people behind the seemingly extravagant and hard to put together event can trust the attendees not only to show up with just a few hours’ notice, but also to actively participate in putting everything together and ensuring that all goes smoothly.
This shows that sometimes even the largest projects and most daring events can be successful if the event planner isnot afraid to put some trust in their attendees and actually make them part of the event, instead of holding them as mere visitors or spectators.
Even in the era of social media, turns out there’s still room for some secrets in our lives, after all.
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By: Antony Hampel