Daytime visits

Portraits of Lyon at the Lyon History Museum

Portraits de Lyon

From December 4, 2019
Free admission during the weekend of 7 and 8 December 2019 .

The exhibition offers a humorous look at the history of Lyon combining historic and geographic facts, curiosities and symbolic artefacts, fictional eye witness accounts, immersive cinema and animation. The cornerstone of the exhibition is a giant interactive model of the city showcasing today’s city with the main geographic and historic milestones.

"Arrangements" at the Catholic University of Lyon (UCly)

From December 2 to 20, an artwork from the permanent collection of Lyon’s Contemporary Art Museum – "Arrangements" (1991) by Ange Leccia - will be on display at UCly.

350 world globes illuminated by leds fly through the air in a display which could well have been entitled “light of the world”.  This work explores the relationship between the earth and the solar system giving the visitor the impression that a multitude of tiny planets are lighting up space like the sun.

This 100 sq.m. installation will be presented in the main hall of UCLy’s Saint Paul Campus, 10 place des archives, Lyon 2.

On show to the public on Campus Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm.

ON/OFF Festival


Arts association La Taverne Gutenberg located in the Les Halles du Faubourg has invited artist AILO to participate in the Festival. She likes to experiment with interactions between light and dark, the palpable and impalpable, reality and reflections. These installations are designed to immerse the visitor in an interactive sensorial and visual experience. The installation is completed by an eclectic musical line-up of performers.

Spotlight on Montluc

Montluc prison

December 5, 6 and 7 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

To celebrate the 2019 Festival of Lights, the National Memorial prison of Montluc has invited artist Nicolas Daubanes to present various works on the subject of the Resistance following on from his exhibition at the memorial in April. Nicolas was recently honoured with an award by the friends of the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum. The installations will be on display for the three evenings in the presence of the artist.

Free admission

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Breath, at the Goethe Institute


The Goethe Institute is presenting Breath, a performance combining light with dance featuring French, German and Romanian students from Lyon, Wismar and Bucharest. The choreography is by Natacha Paquignon and the aerial inflatable by Frank Fierke. This performance will take place on Friday, December 6 at 6 pm at the Goethe-Loft, 18 rue François Dauphin, 69002 Lyon. 

This project is a joint creation by young talents from Plattform. They hail from the Hochschule Wismar, CINETic at the National University of Film and Drama in Bucharest, the Arts en Scène arts centre and the art and design section of the Lycée Branly in partnership with the Goethe Institute, the Consulate General of Germany, the French-German Youth Office, the City of Lyon and Lyon Métropole.

PLATTFORM receives funding from the French-German Youth Office, the Region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the Hippocrene Foundation.


Les Fiers à Cheval, at the Part-Dieu shopping centre

Les Fiers à Cheval

On Saturday December 7,  the Compagnie des Quidams will be bringing their horse-themed mobile light show to the Part Dieu shopping centre. "Horses are fabulous creatures which are part of our lives and even inhabit our most secret dreams. They accompany Gods, heroes and mere mortals in fairytales, myths and legends, they are the winged stallions that fire our imagination."

There will be three performances: 5 to 5.30 pm, 6 to 6.30 pm and 7 to 7.30 pm. 

Compulsory Figures

Compulsory Figures

Thu 5th December + Fri 6th December 2019 / 19:00 / 21:00
Sat 7th December + Sun 8th December 2019 / 18:00 / 20:00

A big name on the international arts scene, Xavier Veilhan is building a pluridisciplinary body of work containing surprising, joyful incursions into the performing arts. Compulsory Figures is a spectacular installation with a skating rink, video-sound-light system, and virtuoso skater. On the ice, the dancer and skater Stephen Thompson revives this former Olympic discipline. Like an archaeologist of movement, he breathes new life into the very technical, precise “imposed figures” that consisted of repeatedly scratching the same circular form into the ice. Over the course of the performance, these tableaux come to life to orchestrate a complete experience at the heart of movement.

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Mini World

Mini World

France’s biggest animated miniatures park reconstructs the “best of” the Festival of Lights since it was created. Come and relive the best illuminations via miniature reproductions of the most iconic sites. A sneak peek of the “Lyon” world which will be revealed in late 2017, and a wonderful opportunity to discover or rediscover the three animated miniature worlds of Mini World Lyon (City, Mountain, Countryside) and their “Festival of Lights” cycle designed specially by the Festival artists.