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Lyon sparkles for the Festival of Lights 2016

After the 2015 Festival, which was particularly marked by a tribute to the victims of the November 13th terrorist attacks, the Festival of Lights of Lyon, one of the city’s iconic events, is back in full force this year. The town and its key locations will be illuminated with a new selection of original installations, for the pleasure of all; local and international visitors alike.

Lyon sparkles for the Festival of Lights 2016

A special edition

In order to allow for heightened security measures, this year the Festival of Lights will be held within a restricted area covering the Presqu’île, Vieux Lyon and the site of the Ancient Theatre of Fourvière. Additionally, the Festival will last for 3 days instead of the usual 4, from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 December, on a restricted schedule, from 8 pm to midnight.

Over 40 original installations will be presented in Lyon this year, taking us to a magical, enchanting realm with loads of surprises, innovations and new features.

New features

Like every year, the iconic locations will be illuminated again, sometimes transformed by loyal artists of the Festival of Lights such as Patrice Warrener on Place des Jacobins with his work titled  “Fontaine d’Etoiles” (Fountain of Stars), Fourvière Hill enhanced by Cozten with  “Soleil” (Sun) and Place des Terreaux illuminated by Joseph Couturier and his installation “Sans Dessus Dessous” (Upside Down).

But the 2016 Festival will also include new locations, such as the Centre Nautique Tony Bertrand (Lyon 7) decked out by “Caprice” designed by Sébastien Lefevre (Le Pilote Productions, CNR Project) and the Fourvière Gallo-Romain theatre transformed by the Department of Public Lighting of the City of Lyon, with a work called “Incandescens”  supported by the Métropole de Lyon. There will also be new artists joining the event, such as Yann Nguema and EZ3kiel and La Maison Production with “Evolutions” on the Lyon Cathedral (project sponsored by Enedis, Nexity and Lyon Parc Auto) and finally, “Voyage”  at the Saint-Paul train station, created by Camille Gross & Leslie Epsztein (SNCF and Citinea project).

 Fete des lumieres Lyon ONLYLYON 2016

Les Lumignons du Coeur (Candles of the Heart) (Lyon 5)/ La Bétonnière Boule à Facettes (The Disco-Ball Cement Mixer) (Lyon 2) / Un Piano Sous la Neige (A Piano in the Snow) (Lyon 1) / La Carpe Koï (Koi Carp) (Lyon 2) / Jurassic Spark  (Lyon 2)


Artists from around the world

Like every year, the Festival of Lights will be a key event for renowned lighting designers and a unique launching pad for young artists from around the world, with an emphasis on local artists, but also on many international works such as Carpe Koï (Koi Carp) accompanied by the Lanterns of Zigong on Rue de la République (made by Haitian Lantern and sponsored by the Bank of China and the government of Zigong, China), as well as Deep Web, an enchanting, futuristic ballet designed by White Void (a studio in Berlin) presented on the Hôtel de Région (Lyon 2), or the Crystal Cloud  project, orchestrated at Musée des Confluences by UrbanScreen, a company from Bremen, Germany.

All working together to create an extraordinary show.

Instagram contest

Capture the emotion and magic of the Festival! Make the most of this special ambiance and share your finest mood photography and unusual points of view with the hashtag #JeuMesLumières2016.
30 photos among the most liked will be submitted to a panel of judges who will pick the winning photo.



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