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Where to go in December? The Festival of Lights in Lyon

Dal Kikin
November 28, 2018

Photo: The Festival of Lights (Lyon)

The Festival of Lights in Lyon, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to the center-east of France, will present at the beginning of December an international-oriented program and will find abandoned sites in recent years.

"It will be a very, very beautiful edition," promised the mayor of the second city of France Gérard Collomb during the presentation on Friday of a part of the installations and scenography that will be shown to the public from 6 to 9 December in the center. city.

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"This year, there will be about 80 artistic proposals [...] that will magnify the city and sublimate its architecture and heritage," said Yann Cucherat, Deputy Mayor of Lyon in charge of major events.

Similarly, he continued, the party continues its "opening to the world with 12 countries represented, such as Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, China and others."

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The Saint John Cathedral will be the support of an innovative project led by the Portuguese artist Nuno Maya and entitled Pigments of Light, composed of Impressionist paintings designed with pigments, inks and flowers precipitated in the water.

The iconic Place Bellecour will be transformed into a child's room populated by giant characters in relief, the "Anooki".

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On the security side, 1,400 policemen, gendarmes and soldiers will be deployed around an airtight perimeter with carefully filtered entry and exit points.

The artistic budget of the festival, amounting to 2.6 million euros, is funded by a public / private partnership.

Lyon's know-how in light festivals has been exported for a number of years, including this year's highly successful editions in Hong Kong and Quito (Ecuador).