what you will see at the Fourvière Basilica

From 2 December to 2 January, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region will illuminate the Fourvière Basilica in parallel with the Lyon Festival of Lights.

The project, which we presented exclusively, was officially unveiled on Thursday at the Hôtel de Région in Lyon.

And from what we’ve seen (from a projection on a model), the show will be unique.

Because it is seen by all superlatives: a budget of 1.6 million euros, big names in creation and production (Allumeurs de rêve by Gilbert Coudène, Ateliers BK and Lojma).

In 5 paintings and about twenty minutes he will tell the story of Fourvière and Lyon, from Lugdunum to today, through a thousand colors, special effects and 2000 years. The music was especially created by musicians from the Opera, Orchester national de Lyon …

The monumental projection specialists working all over the world were not afraid to say: “What is being done on a regional scale is unique”. 5 other cities will have their light and sound show this winter.

There are actually two shows: the one that is visible from the basilica’s forecourt (at the end the doors open and the public will be able to enter the basilica and discover the birth of Lyonnais) and the other faces that accompany it and will shine on the city and be visible from afar.

In three years, around thirty sound and light events have been held in the cities and municipalities of the region, each with a theme linked to the territory and the monument, for a budget of around 3 million euros.

President Laurent Wauquiez (LR) does not hide it, Lyon is a scene: “A reflection will open, it is even already open: should it be made into a festival in the summer? It would make sense …”

And the Lyon Festival of Lights?

Officially, this spectacle of the region of light has nothing to do with the festival of lights organized by the city of Lyon. Still, they will telescope for 4 days, from December 8 to 11 … even if the basilica is not on the official program.

Gilbert Coudène, the founder of Allumeurs de Rêves, absent from the Festival of Lights for several years, answered questions from the press: “Under the basilica, on the hill, there will be another show, ” Visions ”. There was nothing. Planned We’ve been working for a year and a half with Julien Pavillard (Director of Events and Entertainment for the City of Lyon) to make sure everything is articulated, so our show will have two versions: one before the 8th and one after the 12th. with fewer “lights” during the Feast of Lights.And since ours stops before, the artist projecting at the bottom of the tray will choose a photo that will be projected on the bed of the basilica.

La Région des Lumières in Fourvière, 2 December to 2 January, 18.45 to 21.45 (21.30 to 23.00 on 8 December). Show on the basilica forecourt (but all sides are highlighted), projection every 20 minutes. Absence on 24 and 25 December.

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