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Festival of Lights 2011

Posted 08 December 2011

Cultural article to share with you a tradition that all Lyonnais celebrate on December 8: The festival of lights. (A little touch of Lyon chauvinism in short);)

For several years now, the tradition of December 8 rhymes with the Festival of Lights organized over 4 days in the city center of Lyon with no less than 80 monuments, buildings illuminated, transformed and sublimated. This 2011 edition promises to be just as successful and colorful ...

As we are generous at Bodypack, here is our small selection of projects among the many scattered in Lyon during these 4 days.

 

Urban flipper, Place des Céléstins

For the second consecutive year, the square and its eponymous theater will host a project promoting interaction with spectators. Thus, it is a giant pinball machine which will come to animate the facade of the theater controlled by buzzers installed directly on the square and, as you will have understood, controlled by the public.

  

Elephantastic, Menestrier Passage

From the end of the evening yesterday, an imposing and very realistic elephant surprised tourists and Lyonnais far from imagining themselves discovering such an animal in this narrow passage which connects the Quai du Rhône with the center of the Presqu'ile de Lyon. And this, again months the day before the official launch on December 8. Flying over a cloud of dust, the elephant seems suspended in the air and contrasts with the classic and historical decor of this alley.

 

Night Trance, Place des Terreaux

If there is a place in Lyon, it is the Place des Terreaux with the town hall as a backdrop. It is a phantasmagorical project which will come to animate the square this year with as a starting point the Bartoli fountain in the center of the square. Thus, each element of the fountain, harp, seahorses etc. transform into strange beings and creatures and inhabit buildings in turn ...

 

Celebrate your graffiti, Place Bahadourian,

This theme echoes our street spirit on our backpacks since it is dedicated to street-oriented graphic art. AGalops, DJ, and Cart 1, graffiti artists, join forces to offer a sound and light show on the facade of the Alliance Française with a "light painting" performance.

 

Obviously, this is only a small overview of all the projects that you will be able to see around the corner of a street here and there while walking. Without forgetting, the tradition perpetuated since 1852, the thousands of candles installed on the windowsills by the Lyonnais.