Dîner en Blanc

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Dîner en Blanc
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FounderFrançois Pasquier
Paris, France
Number of locations
90+ cities

Dîner en Blanc is a worldwide event spanning six continents in which people have a meal dressed in white in a temporary dining setup in a public space.[1][2] Diners are required to provide their own food, tables, chairs and tablecloths.[3] Only a select number of participants who have previously signed up are made privy to the location the day of the dinner, and generally converge in an iconic urban location.


The Dîner en Blanc concept began in Paris in 1988 when Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant outdoor dinner at the Bois de Boulogne, asking them to dress in white so they could find each other.[4] The event's presence has grown to over 85 cities, with almost 17,000 gathering for the 30th-anniversary event in Paris.

Pasquier's son, Aymeric, introduced the concept to Montreal, Canada in 2009. In 2011, with the help of Sandy Safi, Aymeric Pasquier hosted the first American Dîner en Blanc in New York city. The event has grown to have an attendance of more than 6,500 with a waiting list of over 80,000 people.[5]. In 2012, Aymeric Pasquier and Sandy Safi partnered to create Dîner en Blanc International Inc., a Canadian company in charge of developing the Diner en Blanc network and license worldwide.

In 2012, Singapore was the first Asian city to host a Dîner en Blanc,[6] and Brisbane the first Australian city.[7][8][9] Canberra held Dîners en Blanc in 2013 and 2014,[10][11] and Melbourne debuted the phenomenon in 2015.[12]

Sydney Australia Events List
Edition Date Place Location Guests
1st[13] October 27th, 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art Circular Quay, Sydney 1,500
2nd[14] November 30th, 2013 Bondi Beach Bondi, Sydney 3,000
3rd[15] November 29th, 2014 McKay Field Centennial Park, Sydney 4,000
4th[16] November 28th, 2015 Opera House Sydney Harbour, Sydney 4,000
5th[17] November 19th, 2016 Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour, Sydney 5,000
6th[18] November 25th, 2017 Brazilian Fields Centennial Park, Sydney 5,000
7th[19] November 17th, 2018 Hyde Park City CBD, Sydney 5,200


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  4. ^ Schillinger, Leisl (July 5, 2011). "How 10,000 People Keep a Secret". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Pawle, Fred (October 29, 2014). "Diner en Blanc trips the white fantastic". The Australian. News Corp.
  6. ^ Ang, Daniel (August 21, 2012), Dîner en Blanc is Coming to Singapore! What To Expect & What White Food To Bring
  7. ^ Blatchford, Emily (September 30, 2015). "Secret Pop Up Picnic Returns To Australia -- First Stop, Brisbane". The Huffington Post Australia. Archived from the original on October 11, 2015.
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  9. ^ Martyn, Nathan (September 3, 2013), Dîner en Blanc Attracts A Sea Of White
  10. ^ Belot, Henry (February 12, 2015). "Diner en Blanc unlikely to return to Canberra as government withdraws support". The Canberra Times. Fairfax media. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "In the white mood for festival fun". City News. March 3, 2013. Archived from the original on May 9, 2013.
  12. ^ Wright, Jessica (March 10, 2015). "Melbourne's first Diner en Blanc: all white on the night". Archived from the original on August 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Dîner en Blanc Sydney". Gourmantic. October 28, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  14. ^ Elliott, Lorraine. "Dîner En Blanc, Sydney 2013". Not Quite Nigella. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  15. ^ Elliott, Lorraine. "Dîner En Blanc, Sydney 2014". Not Quite Nigella. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  16. ^ Chang, Olivia (November 29, 2015). "12 incredible photos of 4000 Australians wearing white for the annual Dîner en Blanc picnic". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
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  18. ^ "Le Dîner en Blanc Sydney 2017". dawsons down under. December 14, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  19. ^ Elliott, Lorraine. "Oui Oui! Dîner en Blanc Sydney 2018". Not Quite Nigella. Retrieved September 18, 2019.