Business France: The Inspiration of Lumieres Hong Kong - Lyon’s Festival of the Lights to be held from 7th to 10th December 2017 [中文]
Lyon, France’s second largest city, is hosting its 18th edition of the Festival of the Lights (Fête des Lumières), the world’s principal event for creative light displays, for four days in December (7-10 December). Fifty illuminations from French and international artists will light up over 70 sites all over the town, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrating an age-old tradition dating back from 1852.
The festival has inspired Hong Kong’s first ever light festival, Lumieres Hong Kong, which will be held on 23-25 November 2017, with the award-winning Hong Kong actress Carina Lau as the festival ambassador. Jean-François Zurawik, Director of the Festival of Lights of Lyon, will lead the artistic direction of Lumieres Hong Kong, bringing 5 Lyonnaise artists to present their creation at the Hong Kong edition of the festival.
A Unique and modern festival rooted in the history of Lyon
The Festival of Lights perpetuates the tradition of December 8th, when the residents of Lyon celebrate the Virgin Mary, whose statue stands on the Fourvière hill, overlooking the city. The people of Lyon would put candles on their window sills and balconies and parade through the city.
Respecting this century-old tradition, the City of Lyon has invented a unique, modern and unifying event, the Festival of Lights. Since then, every year for four nights around 8th December, Lyon becomes the heart of a light show created with artists from around the world, attracting millions of French and international visitors. The Festival of Lights has also become the world’s platform for top artists and new talents to showcase their work and artistic experiments.
Special preview of three sites
Place des Terreaux (1st arrondissement) – Lyon as the city of the Lumière brothers will present an extraordinary cinematographic journey under the magical setting of the square at the centre of the city. The 1895 Lumière film, Sortie de l’Usine (Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon) will be presented at Place des Terreaux. The film is revisited by West Side Story, Harry Potter and even James Bond. The show echoes the exhibition “Lumière! Le Cinéma Invente” at the Musée des Confluences until 25 February 2018.
Fountain of the Jacobins (2nd arrondissement) – During the 2006 edition of the Festival of Lights, the statue of Louis XIV, enclosed in a snow globe on Place Bellecour by Jacques Rival, amazed visitors.
In 2017, the artist is repurposing an object once again. This time, it will be the Fountain of the Jacobins, which he will transform into an actual, monumental clock integrated into the fountain’s aesthetics. Visitors will once again be amazed by the fine design of the 360° project which tells the time and rings the minutes of the Golden Hours.
Place Sathonay (1st arrondissement) – 60 glowing spiders will be dancing on their webs and having fun over the visitors’ heads around the City Hall! “Spider Circus” is a humorous take on the paradoxical love-hate relationship that spiders inspire, as they weave their webs above the heads of the passers-by. This immersive, flexible installation designed by Groupe Laps creates a link between sculpture and cinema, animation and live performance, transforming time and space where only spectators can experience themselves.
Lyon – The International City of Gastronomy
In 2010, the French multi-course gastronomic meal has been declared a UNESCO world intangible heritage. Lyon, one of the four cities chosen by the state to host the International City of Gastronomy, preserves a gastronomic heritage that descends from the Roman times. The medieval building of Grand Hôtel-Dieu will be fully renovated to be a public space for all kinds of gastronomic experiences: sensory courses, permanent and temporary exhibitions, interactive demonstrations, etc. The Grand Hôtel-Dieu will also encompass a hotel, a convention centre and office buildings, becoming a comprehensive International City of Gastronomy. It will be open in 2019.
Lumieres Hong Kong – the city’s first ever light festival
Inspired by Lyon’s Fête des Lumières, Lumieres Hong Kong will make its debut this November (23 – 25 Nov), featuring three nights of light installations, video projections and art pieces in 15 sites around Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. At the heart of the Festival, The Village at Chater Garden, visitors can also enjoy the delicacies and specialties which make Hong Kong’s unique dining scene.
For more information, please visit: www.lumiereshk.com
Ms. Phoebe GUO
Communications & Press
Ms. Kate NG
Communications & Press
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