Lyon, a cultural city
A city of culture and creation
Cultural life in Lyon is characterised by a balance between institutions of excellence with highbrow exhibitions and events and great festivals, all of which are accessible to all.
Indeed, Lyon is France’s #1 cultural city (after Paris) and culture is one of the city’s main attractions.
Among the institutions of excellence in Lyon are the Maison de la Danse, the Opera House, the Lyon National Orchestra, the Institut Lumière devoted to cinema, the Fine Arts Museum, the Célestins Theatre, the modern art museum…
The Festival of Lights: Annual 4-day event. December 8 – over 3 million visitors
Biennial contemporary art festival: forthcoming 14th edition (from 20 September 2017 to 7 January 2018) – 200,000 visitors expected
Biennial dance festival: (from 14 – 30 September 2016) 43 shows, 300 journalists, 62 venues, 23 creations, 16,000 amateur dancers joined the parade – over 100,000 spectators
Nuits Sonores: Annual electronic music festival 5 days and 5 nights – 138,000 spectators and 180 artists of different nationalities during the 14th edition; 15th edition to be held (May 24-28, 2017)
Festival Lumière: Festival honouring classical cinema (October 8 -16, 2016) – 390 screenings, 180 films, in 24 municipalities in the Lyon metropolitan area.
Nuits de Fourvière Festival: 50 shows (concerts, theatre, dance, circus) in the Gallo-Roman theatre (every year in June / July) – approx. 100,000 spectators
Quai du Polar: Annual International Crime Novel Festival (readings, debates, film screenings) – 13th edition from 31 March to 2 April 2017 Jazz en Vienne: Internationally renowned Jazz Festival – 37th edition from 29 June to 13 July 2017 “Tout le Monde Dehors”: Free festival every summer (dance, cinema, theatre, music)
Jazz en Vienne: Internationally renowned Jazz Festival – 37th edition from 29 June to 13 July 2017 “Tout le Monde Dehors”: Free festival every summer (dance, cinema, theatre, music)
Metropole de Lyon boosts support for arts education
Métropole de Lyon invests in culture and intends to develop its role in artistic education. In order to structure this offer in a coherent way and to improve its quality, the Lyon region has funded 74 artistic establishments in the area, including the conservatory, open to candidates from across the region, and the National School of Music, Dance and Drama in Villeurbanne.
This support is threefold:
- Assistance to network projects between schools to optimise complementarities and to pool resources,
- Development of territorial partnerships,
- Professionalization and harmonisation of teaching.
The city also manages the metropolitan museums such as the Gallo-Roman sites of Lyon as well as the Confluence museum. The Gallo-Roman heritage of Fourvière includes the museum, the ancient theatres and the archaeological site, and represents a place of exceptional history and learning.
The Confluence Museum’s mission is to relate the natural history, dreams and questions posed by human societies over time. By combining recent research in many fields (technology, science, archaeology, ethnology and the mediation of knowledge), the museum’s goal is to provide an account of the relations between science and societies by underlining the plurality and diversity of both.