Lyon's Festival of Lights takes place during December when the people of Ly ......
Lyon's Festival of Lights takes place during December when the people of Lyon place little candle lamps in their windows in honour of the Virgin Mary. The origins of the festival date back over 150 years to 1852 when a statue of the Virgin Mary on Fourviere Hill was to be inaugurated. The event had been postponed several times and nearly didn't happen because a ferocious storm broke over the city. But it passed quickly and the people of Lyon spontaneously lit their homes with candles and came out into the streets to celebrate, and the Festival of Lights was born. The people of Lyon continue this visually spectacular tradition to this day. The modern festival is now a four-day event where contemporary light installations illuminate the city attracting thousands of visitors. As well as a time to celebrate, the festival also acts as a forum for communication with other cities in France and around the world where the issue of light in urban planning and town dwelling is discussed.
This relatively new festival is already establishing itself as something of ......
This relatively new festival is already establishing itself as something of an institution amongst Lyon's clubbing crowd. Held each May, the Nuits Sonores - Panorama of Electronic Music brings together some of the biggest club DJs from around the world. Taking place at various venues around Lyon, there is a real festival ambiance that attracts thousands of clubbers, many of which have travelled from across Europe to join the party. The focus is on electronic dance music, but this inclusive festival embraces all musical forms ranging from hip hop to jazz. For those that wake to see daylight hours after a hard night clubbing, there is a wide variety of cultural events during the day ranging from special festival food programmes to film and animation screenings.
Various venues across Lyon
Some events are free but many venues charge a door entrance fee.
In early October, a huge red carpet is rolled out down the Rue Auguste Comt ......
In early October, a huge red carpet is rolled out down the Rue Auguste Comte, in the antiques quarter of Lyon, to kick off the city's annual antiques festival. With great offers on everything from furniture to jewellery, this is a great event for those after a bargain on high-quality antiques. Live music and plenty of food and drink add to the lively atmosphere.