Fête des Lumières
When: From 6th to 9th December, 2013
Where: Lyon, France
Secular by tradition, the Festival of Light in Lyon is now an urban event welcoming the best of contemporary temporary lighting design.
This event comes from the religious ceremony of the statue of the Virgin Mary on the Colline de Fourvière on 8 December every year since 1852. During this day, people decorate their windows and balconies with “lumignons” – candles in little holders.
The Lyon Festival of Light grew out of this tradition fifthteen years ago, and is now the number one international event showcasing temporary lighting design, with work by artists from various disciplines (designers, visual artists, architects, videographers and lighting specialists).
The festival lasts 4 days and you can explore and re-discover Lyon’s rich architectural heritage.
A number of artists will be giving you the chance to play with light by interacting with their work. There will be a “kinect” device – a motion sensor that will enable people walking along the banks of the Rhône to become part of the interactive frescoes of light created by cartoon giant Lorenzo Mattoti. The two main central points of activity are typically the Basilica of Fourvière which is lit up in different colors, and the Place des Terreaux, which hosts a different light show each year.
Each year there is also a competition. If you have a bright idea for the “Fête des Lumièressend”, you can have the possibility to realise your project at the event. Each year artist of many talents and various disciplines within the lighting profession – architects, lighting technicians, graphic designers, film makers, visual artists etc. – were selected to create their city project: hills, squares, treble passageways, bridges, banks of the Rhone and the Saone, courtyards and gardens become means of expression and creation
If you want to go to Lyon on this event, you can catch the subway, bus lines and streetcars that will be more frequent in these days. There is also a smartphone app (available in November for iOS and Android): so you can find all information, programs, routes on an interactive map in just one click.