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Fête des Lumières – Lyon

January 11, 2012

Quel week-end fabuleux à Lyon, où j’ai vu les 4 endroits de la Biennale et aussi La Fête des Lumières de nuit. Je n’avais jamais vu de spectacle urbain de lumières, et quelle idée géniale d’utiliser les façades des batiments, des cours, des places, des ponts et des cathédrales comme des espaces pour exposer et/ou transmettre de l’art! Avant de voir les spectacles de lumières, j’ai parlé avec des français, en français, de l’histoire derrière la fête, ce que j’ai beaucoup aimé. Si cette histoire vous intéresse vouz pouvez le lire ici sur Wikipedia.

What a fabulous weekend in Lyon, seeing the 4 locations of la Biennale as well as La Fête des Lumières by night. I have never seen any sort of urban light show, and what a brilliant idea to use building façades, courtyards, city squares, bridges and old cathedrals as places to exhibit and/or project art! Before I saw any of the light show, I was speaking with Frenchmen, in French, who told me about the history behind the fête, which I highly enjoyed. If you are interested in history you can read about it here on Wikipedia.

Transe Nocturne – Place des Terreaux

I found Transe Nocturne’s exiting instructions hilarious! (there was audio with it)

Key Frames

Urban Flipper (interactive!)

“Merci Marie” from The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Les lanternes Fukuno – Place Bellecour

Ci-dessus, mes propres images de la fête sont assez flous, donc je vous recommande de visiter la galerie du site Web officiel et de chercher des autres sites Web pour des meilleures photos. Ci-dessous il y a des vidéos que j’ai trouvé sur YouTube de quelques-uns de mes spectacles préférés.

As you see above, my own images from the evening are quite blurry, so I recommend visiting the official website gallery and searching around other sites for better pictures. Below are some videos I found on YouTube of some of my favorite spectacles.

Videos:

Above: Urban Flipper

Above: Key Frames with 69 illuminated dancers

Above: Transe Nocturne – Place des Terreaux

Above: I love how they used colors to transform this cathedral’s facade in St. Jean (old Lyon) – Le Chant de la Pierre.

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3 Comments

  • Reply PigletinFrance January 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Definitely looks better than last year! I’m glad you got to see the lights, they really are fantastic and I love how everyone takes to the streets to celebrate. Did you see any lights up at peoples windows?

    • Reply grenobloise January 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      I’m glad you got to see this post Piglet- ‘was thinking of you when i put it up (made an effort to be more detailed for once!). Yes, it was really special. The fact that it’s during the Xmas season enhances it all with all the festive decor and the Xmas markets (meaning the cheap Lyonnais food) and ‘vin chaud tasting’! I’m sure you remember that from last year. I did see lights in people’s windows, but my attention was constantly shifting to whatever light spectacle was before me! I should have included a video from the light show on the bridge as well…

  • Reply Une demi-journée à Lyon / A half-day in Lyon « grenobloise February 12, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    […] un train à Lyon depuis Grenoble. Je connais Lyon déjà; le dernier fois était en décembre pour La Fête des Lumières et La Biennale. Lyon est sympa parce que c’est pas trop grande comme ville, il a de bonne […]

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