Nightlife is an aspect of urban life that is becoming increasingly important with the rise of weekend tourism and new forms of festive and cultural leisure, in particular among young people. For a long time, cities did not consider nightlife as a priority,
but they have come to see it as a key part of their attractiveness to residents
and visitors. Also, urban dwellers are increasingly expecting night-time public
services and leisure, out of office hours and seven days a week.
Local and regional governments struggle to manage nightlife because it is a complex domain that involves many stakeholders and because, by nature, it is a time when most public services are either closed or considerably reduced. On the other hand, many European cities, particularly ones with large student populations, are faced with challenges regarding their nightlife, which needs to be pacified and regulated. They must put forward a global, integrated, cross-sectoral and pragmatic response that encompasses health, security, the management and use of public spaces, and peaceful coexistence among all relevant actors (nightlife actors, residents, revellers, etc.).
Such a response must be co-designed in order to prevent the conflicts that commonly flare up at night and to enable all types of public to appropriate the night-time according to their individual needs.
> Minutes of the workshop organised as part of the 2021 conference:
European cooperation projects
- Alcool, ville et vie nocturne (2015-2016)
- Nightlife, Empowerment and Well-Being Implementation Project (NEWIP) (2011-2013)
- Démocratie, Villes et Drogues I et II (2005-2007 et 2008-2011) – une des plateformes thématiques de ce projet était « Une vie nocturne plus sûre »
Working group on Nightlife / Nightlife Platform
Efus is coordinating a working group on nightlife together with its partner, the Nightlife Platform (Plateforme de la Vie Nocturne, PVN). Established in 2017 in Paris, the PVN gathers elected officials and representatives of the French government, as well as local and regional authorities, trade organisations, academics, experts and citizens who work together on all issues related to urban nightlife, mostly in France but also increasingly at the European level.
Publications & Ressources
- Public Policies for Nightlife: Governance and Participation (Platform of the Vie Nocturne/Efus and the cities of Budapest, Mannheim, Rotterdam, Turin, Vilnius and Zurich, 2021)
- Alcool, ville et vie nocturne – Pour une stratégie locale et transversale (French only, Efus, 2017)
- Security and Tourism: Concerted Local Policies (Efus, 2015)
- Safer Drinking Scenes. Alcohol, City and Nightlife (FFSU and Efus, 2013)
Discover the actions implemented in communities across Europe through our summary documents, which present the key elements of each of these initiatives, including their context, objectives, activities, budget, evaluation. All of our practice and summary sheets can be found on Efus Network.