This year is the 14th anniversary and nearly 3 million visitors are expected to descend upon the city to see designers, artists, architects, video filmmakers and lighting engineers take over Lyon for four evenings and transform it into a theatre like no other in the world.
For the 14th Festival of Lights, the creative works will tell the history of light, its usages and representations. They will play with its shapes and bring out the very best of the city. More than 70 performances and light installations are being prepared for staging, be it in intimate or grandiose or interactive settings. As an exceptional annual showcase for contemporary creation in the field of ephemeral lighting, the Festival of Lights gives world-famed lighting designers and young talents the opportunity to show their best work.
New in 2012
This year’s Festival of Lights will take on a distinctively contemporary tone, with a focus on the south sector of the city, down to the Confluence district. Ephemeral lighting creations will enhance emblematic sites of this newly developed part of town.
After last year’s very popular Japanese floats from Fukuno, this year the public will be treated to a touch of India on a specially illuminated trail.
Origins of the Festival
The Festival of Lights stems from a traditional celebration every December 8th, centred on the statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of Fourvière Hill, which dates back to 1852. Every year since then, the people of Lyon set out rows of little candle lamps on their window sills and balconies and then go for a stroll in the streets. In its current form, the Festival of Lights has become the high point of the year for the city to promote its public lighting policy which aims to embellish Lyon’s architectural heritage and urban spaces all year round.
Lyon Festival of Lights 2011: key figures
900,000 spectators on Place des Terreaux
6 million trips on the public transit system
32 foreign delegations hosted
For more information about the festival please visit http://www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/
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Shabana Adam @Shabs_A