Mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb promised a "very beautiful edition" of the light festival during a presentation on Friday about some installations and scenography, which will be publicly demonstrated from 6 to 9 December in downtown Lyon.
"This year, there will be about 80 artistic designs (…) that will increase the city and offset its architecture and heritage," said Yann Cucherat, Deputy Mayor of Lyon, who was responsible for major events.
Similarly, he went on, the party continues its "opening to the world with 12 countries represented, such as Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, China and others."
Another special feature of this edition in 2018 is that its perimeter will be extended to the large Parc de la Tete d 'Or, to the northeast of the city center and gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is usually lacking in the program.
Like every year, stage sets will be concentrated in the center, between Rhône and Saone, but also in old Lyon, on the slopes of Croix-Rousse or in the Galvi-Roman Theater of Fourvière.
Saint John's Cathedral will support an innovative project run by Portuguese artist Nuno Mayou, titled "Pigments of Light," composed of impressionistic images designed with pigments, inks and flowers that have been precipitated into the water.
Bellecour has changed into a child's room
The elegant Bellecour place is transformed into a children's room occupied by embossed giant characters – "Anooki", which turns into a simple toy fire truck or the famous statue of Louis XIV.
From a security point of view, about 1400 people (police, security agents, gendarmes, soldiers) will be placed around an airtight circuit with carefully filtered entry and exit points, which will be revealed at the last minute.
The festival's artistic budget of 2.6 million euros is funded by a balanced partnership between public (community) and private (80 sponsors).
Lyon's know-how in the field of bright festivals has been exported for several years, including a very successful edition this year in Hong Kong and Quito (Ecuador).
All these stage sets can be admired by the public on Thursday 6 December and 9 May from 19:00 to 23:00 and on Friday 7 December and Saturday 8 December from 20:00 to midnight.