Lyon’s Dance Biennial Parade

Published: 2018/08/08

The popular Dance Biennial parade in Lyon will be back on rue de la République on September 16th with Peace as its theme


The biggest urban parade in Europe will gather 4500 amateur dancers and 300 000 spectators on rue de la République in Lyon on the occasion of the Dance Biennial.


The famous Dance Biennial Parade is making its big comeback in 2018 in the center of Lyon, four years after the last edition, between Place des Terreaux and Place Bellecour.

Since 1996, professional choreographers from Lyon and its surrounding region have been working with amateur dancers to offer the public a big dancing parade in the Presqu’île of Lyon.

the dance biennial parade in lyon

The Dance Biennial festival is a massive artistic celebration in Lyon that alternates with the Contemporary Art Biennial each year. © Biennale de la Danse

A Lyon parade with Peace as its theme and sponsored by a public figure

In 2016, after the Paris attacks towards the end of 2015, the parade had been moved to the Gerland stadium. The rain had ruined the festivities a little bit. Only 30 000 people had attended the show, when it is usually 10 times more.

“The parade is coming back to rue de la République in order to preserve our cultural model and retrieve our joy”, notes Dominique Hervieu, the Biennial’s director.

On September 16th 2018, the parade will leave at 2:30 PM from the Place des Terreaux. Its theme this year is peace, due to it being the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

A finale at Place Bellecour with John Lennon’s Imagine

This 2018 edition has been sponsored for the first time by a public figure: Latifa Ibn Ziaten, a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, and whose son Imad is part of the victims of the Mohammed Merah massacre, March 11th 2012 in Toulouse.

The parade will gather 4500 dancers, supervised by 250 professionals, from all over the region. They’ve been working on their choreography for a year.

The dance biennial parade will end at Place Bellecour with a trampoline dance show orchestrated by the circus artist and choreographer Yoann Bourgeois.

The public will be invited to cover the song Imagine by John Lennon with a choir of 300 amateur singers.