The Hotel Dieu

Hôtel-Dieu, Lyon 2

The Hôtel-Dieu is one of the city’s longest buildings with a façade overlooking the Rhône. Built in the 12th Century, it was Lyon’s very first hospital and kept this function until 2010 when it was given a complete makeover. It took seven years to return the building to its former glory.

The main courtyard is visited by around 100,000 visitors every year during the four-day Festival of Lights.

Since 2005, this unique site has hosted artistic projects engineered by Lyon hospital architect Alain Bénini. The closed courtyard is the ideal setting for a calm musical interlude or even a dance.  

In 2012, the artist chose to illustrate the written word in “Correspondances” while the following year, the courtyard was home to all four seasons in “Caresse Climatique.”

Source: Lyon History Museum - Musées Gadagne • To find out more



Thursday 5 and Sunday 8 from 7 pm to 11 pm
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 from 8 pm to midnight

Under the glass canopy of the Cour du Midi, 20 hinged arms embark on an illuminated ballet borne aloft by an original composition by Lucie Antunes. Bathed in the mist, the machines reveal their mechanical limbs enhanced with bars of light, whose incandescent rays seem to cut through the air. This strange, avant-garde pantomime lies somewhere between an apparent reference to George Lucas's lightsabres and an artistic performance that is precise to a fraction of an inch, borrowing its language from choreographer William Forsythe.