The region of light at the Fourvière Basilica – DR / Les Allumeurs de Rêves
It will be possible to open your eyes to it from 2 December.
It’s a bit like a candlelight vigil before and after class, which will be visible from next week on the façade of the Basilica of Fourvière. But above all, an answer to questions about the absence of this emblematic monument from the programming of the 2021 edition of the Festival of Lights. The basilica will light up every night from 2 December to 2 January during a light and sound show of about twenty minutes, which is offered as part of the Light Region. The operation, which was carried out for four years, aims to highlight the major regional venues throughout the year through shows. “We recapture monuments whose history we do not necessarily know “, welcomed Laurent Wauquiez this Thursday morning during the press conference to present the event.
It must be said that the project on the basilica of the hill that prays had been discussed for four years now between the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the Fourvière Foundation. The show is therefore born this year with especially in the lead “Les Allumeurs de Rêves”, whose show “Lyon, the land of lights” installed on Place des Terreaux in 2014 had won visitors on the occasion of the Festival of Lights. Show budget: 1.6 million euros.
These are five paintings that honor the history of Lyons and that will be discovered with eyes and ears: the origin of Lugdunum, the promise of the councilor in 1643 or the birth of the candlelight vigil in 1852. “It’s part of Lyon’s history. We do not pretend in 17 minutes to tell the whole story of Lyon, which is super rich. But it can make people want to dig, come back to Fourvière or go to Lugdunum to see the archeological side. We want to encourage people to be interested in their history and the history of Lyons “, assures Philippe Castaing, Vice President of the Fourvière Foundation.
With regard to a possible competition between Lysregionen and Lysfesten, which overlap for four days from 8 to 11 December, there is no question of mentioning it. On the contrary. Everything is planned so as not to disturb the example of the floodlights planned for the Basilica of Fourvière, which will not pass below the horizon …
The light region of Fourvière
From 2 December to 2 January from 18.45 to 21.45 (December 8 from 21.30 to 23.00)
Absence on 24 and 25 December
Access to the site is subject to compliance with applicable health regulations