Launch of the “Villeurbanne 2022, French Capital of Culture” initiative

On The January 7, 2022

On March 30, the Ministry of Culture named Villeurbanne as the “2022 French Capital of Culture” for its “Place aux jeunes” project. In 2022, Villeurbanne will host a total of 700 events, 30 festivals, 200 concerts, 14 minimixes, 300 shows, 22 heritage tours, 4 major exhibitions...

The City of Villeurbanne will kick off this special year with an evening of events that everyone can enjoy on Friday, January 7, 2022, right in the heart of the city. The program includes:

5:30 PM: artistic performance by the KompleX KapharnaüM company, on the corner of rue Pierre-Cacard and rue du 4-août-1789
6 PM: take a stroll with giant giraffes with Compagnie Off
7 PM: final event at Place Lazare-Goujon
7:10 PM: speeches by the officials
Find out more about the launch evening


The Université de Lyon is proud to be associated with this special event and to offer a range of scientific activities and the opportunity to meet and discuss with the research community via Pop’Sciences and the École urbaine de Lyon.

As a partner of the event, in 2022, the UdL will organize a number of science-based activities for the general public, including meetings with researchers from different disciplines, tours of laboratories, awareness-raising campaigns on scientific careers, discussions on societal issues, demonstrations of the latest scientific innovations, and much more.

And the first event of the year will be the École urbaine de Lyon’s “À l'École de l’Anthropocène” (Anthropocene School) festival.
Discover the program of the week

Read more about the UdL’s participation in the Villeurbanne 2022, French Capital of Culture initiative