The Université de Lyon is to participate in the Lyon Festival of Lights

From December 5, 2019 to December 8, 2019

Since 2017, the Université de Lyon has been involved in developing a cultural policy for all its sites. The aim of this policy is to raise awareness of the educational and cultural programs that each institution has to offer, and to host ambitious events involving several Université de Lyon institutions as well as local cultural partners.

The Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières), a Lyon tradition which dates back more than 15 years and takes place on December 8, has become a must-see event for Lyon residents and visitors alike.

By presenting a project at the Festival of Lights, the site affirms its great potential in terms of research and education, stimulating student creativity, as well as that of the entire university community by creating a new creative and productive space. The Université de Lyon’s project is intended to be the result of close collaborations between artists, students and the citizens of Lyon, working with researchers and professors, both for its design and development.

"Les rêveries lumineuses de Léonard" project

Artistic direction has been entrusted to Christine Richier, lighting designer and co-director of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Techniques’ Light Design Master’s Degree at the Lyon Theater (Ensatt), Tom Huet, set designer and lighting expert, and Julie Lola Lanteri, lighting designer, visual artist and art school speaker.

Look at the light and admire its beauty. Close your eyes, and then look again: What you saw is no longer there, and what you will see later has not yet come to be.

—Leonardo da Vinci

The idea is based on an immersive light path within a cabinet of curiosities, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s work on shadow and light. This theme was chosen because da Vinci’s work incorporates many disciplines (light, optics, vision, painting, mechanics, kinetics, etc.) which incorporate rich and inspiring elements. It is also a timely theme for 2019, which marks the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death.

Starting in October, over a hundred volunteers will come to the Fondation Bullukian Garden to create and produce artwork as part of the design and production workshops.

Find out more
Artistic direction
Tom HUET, Christine RICHIER, Julie Lola LANTERI, Frédérick BORROTZU & the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre


Production partners

Financial sponsors

Technical sponsors
Compagnie Testudines, Ecole Boisard, Halles du Faubourg, Sainbiose, Envie Rhône-Alpes