City of Lyon Events Department

Produced by the City of Lyon Events Department in aid of the non-profit APF France handicap. 

For over 80 years, APF France handicap has been defending the rights of the disabled and their relatives, providing support for their daily lives. The motto of the association is "Being able to act, being able to choose".

Its initial mission was to help the disabled integrate into society, but it is now also involved in providing guidance, information and support for people with disabilities. As an active campaigner, it strives for universal accessibility for people with mobility issues, as well as offering them tailored support. This mission is supplemented by work on a daily basis to enforce their rights, whilst encouraging their autonomy and self-determination.

As this year's beneficiary of the Lumignons du Coeur campaign, the charity will be able to extend its Par'Hands project in the Rhône, which brings disabled parents together and provides them with support. This operation will also enable it to purchase new equipment for the "Adventure platform", an online rental service for leisure equipment adapted for the disabled. Donations collected during the Festival of Lights will also help boost its actions to raise awareness among schoolchildren – an educational project that has already been rolled out to over 10,000 children and teenagers in the region.

By the same artist

Les Lumignons du Cœur (2021)

This year the Lumignons du Cœur campaign is collecting funds for GAELIS, a non-profit student advocacy and support organisation which played an active role in the local student community during the Covid crisis.
To help the cause, buy a candle for 2 euros and add it to the immense luminous fresco in the place des Jacobins.

It will be transformed into a garden of light, in reference to the former "Empress Square", which at that time was filled with shrubs and flowers. Every corner of the square will be lavishly decorated with bouquets of lights and small candles, while the fountain is set to be transformed into a water garden of "candle flowers".

Les Lumignons du Cœur (2019)

This year, the Lumignons du Coeur light installation will be occupying the Place de la République where the silhouettes of buildings rise up like shadow puppets. 5,000 candles gently flicker on the sills of 1,200 windows, whilst the square, lit up in blue, takes visitors back to Lyon in the 1900s, with the fountain reflecting the images created by a central tree of mirrors. Floating candles echo the lights at the windows. Between the modules, which are a perfect copy of the facades of the banks of the Saône and Rhône rivers, spectators walk through a theatre of glowing shadows. Visitors can contribute by buying candles from the on-site volunteers.

In 2019, proceeds from the sale of candles will be going to the non-profit APF France handicap. You can contribute to this collective act of generosity by buying candles for €2 from the Festival of Lights information points, the Tourist Office or from the many booths and shops in the city centre.