What is to be expected at the 2018 Fête des Lumières
From 6th-9th December, the whole of Lyon will be transformed into a theatre of light, with many key monuments and areas of the city being embellished with light displays.
There will be more than 80 light creations, covering 6 key themes: 1) dreams and mysteries, 2) unity, 3) natural energy, 4) childishness, 5) the art of experience, 6) Lyon inspiring the world.
5 Highlights at the 2018 Fête des Lumières
‘Présages’ (‘Omens’) at the Parc de la Tête d’or.
This display will feature giant gold balls on the floor, majestic birds flying in the sky, and fireflies hanging in trees along the edge of the lake. It also tells a story, as a strange figure arises from the water, threatening the tranquility of the surroundings.
Reflets’ (‘Reflections’) at Fourvière Hill
Both ancient and contemporary images of Lyon will be reflected onto buildings from the Palais de Justice to Saint-Jean cathedral to create an abstract picture.
‘Pigments de Lumière’ (‘Light Pigments’) at Saint-Jean cathedral
Saint-Jean Cathedral will be lit up with a selection of abstract paintings, created by diffusing pigments, inks, and flowers in water, to produce a psychedelic mix of colours.
‘Une petite place pour de grands rêves’ (‘A small place for big dreams’) at Place Bellecour
Bellecour square will represent a child’s dreams, featuring the Anooki – two characters inspired by Inuits, and an illuminated wheel.
‘Pavillon’ (‘Pavilion’) at Place des Terreaux
At the Place des Terreaux, there will be a large twinkling canopy.
How to find out more about the 2018 Fête des Lumières
More information can be found on the official website and you can also download the official Fête des Lumières application. This is Lyon is also releasing tips and information in the run-up to the festival.