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FETE DE LUMIERES LYON (FESTIVAL OF LIGHT)

WHAT: FETE DE LUMIERES LYON (FESTIVAL OF LIGHT)
WHY: FESTIVAL OF LIGHT INCLUDING LASERS AND FIREWORKS
WHEN: 5th – 8th DECEMBER 2019
WHERE: ACROSS THE CITY OF LYON AND THE ASSOCIATED DISTRICTS
COST: FREE

Numerous Districts across the beautiful City of Lyon will be brightly lit with colour and imagery during Fete de Lumieres. This is a long weekend of pure magic and unlike Paris, as it is not over-run with visitors, you can saunter around the City and thoroughly enjoy your visit.

From candles to club culture today the event actually started as a religious tradition back in 1852 when following on from a year of social unrest and flooding, the local Catholic Church decided to erect a statue of the Virgin Mary on Fourviere Hill. The date was set for 8th December 1852 but, the weather continued to threaten the delivery of the statue and the only respite from the rain was late evening so not wanting to delay any further, the locals lit candles in their windows and on balconies across the City in a symbol of solidarity. This tradition has continued to this day and from humble beginnings, a huge event grew. Initially, it was mainly food sellers who lit up and decorated their windows and store fronts but as years passed, this was expanded to the whole of the City, utilising the huge facades of some of Lyon’s historic buildings.

Today’s light show is a very high-tech affair with designers of the light installations from all manner of business from nightclub lighting technicians to huge video backdrops and multimedia shows along with lasers and pyrotechnics.

This is a family event and whilst the weekend is relatively busy, it is not too bad on Thursday and Friday so it will be much easier to get around to all the art pieces scattered around the City.

The frontage of the imposing buildings in the City all have imagery illuminated onto them alongside illuminated walkways, candles, and even the fountains are specially lit with a lot of interactive artworks dotted around for all the family to enjoy and participate in.

So, if you want a weekend packed with lasers, videos and fantastic pyrotechnics get over to France and see for yourself.

Eating out in Lyon is an absolute must. There are restaurants and eateries ranging from the budget range to full-on fine dining to enjoy and surprisingly inexpensive compared to other major cities. La Cabane (The Shack) is a high quality ‘quick eats’ place which does the usual mussels, steaks, chicken, and salads along with numerous ‘dish of the day’ offerings. A lovely little place with a great reputation and although it is clearly a favourite with visitors, the fact that it is also a regular haunt of the locals, is a dead giveaway that is it of superior quality and price.

Lyon - fête des lumières - illumination - déc 2014

In the ‘fine dining’ selection, which must be done at least once whilst you are in France, brings you Gourmet delights a plenty. One of the most innovative and inspiring is wholly vegetarian, the chef creates captivating dishes that are pieces of art in themselves taking patrons on a culinary journey of taste, texture, and smell, exciting all the senses. Perfectly paired wines (what else would you expect in France!) this place is a must for gastronomes.

You can also take in a wine tasting tour and pick up a few bottles to have with the family at Christmas whilst you are over there.

A brilliant long weekend in France, taking in all the art, light and culture coupled with pyrotechnics and great food, why wouldn’t you.

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LES MASTER DE FEU (FIREWORK MASTERS) GRANDE FINALE

WHAT: LES MASTER DE FEU, LA GRANDE FINALE (MASTERS OF FIRE THE GRAND FINAL)
WHERE: HIPPODROME DE COMPIEGNE, DU BARON ROGER DE SOULTRAIT AVENUE, FRANCE
WHEN: SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2019 FROM 20:30PM
COST: TICKETED EVENT

In its 4th edition of the event, 2019 is a special competition as the international winners from the previous 3 editions battle it out against each other to see who will become the ‘champion of champions’ and win the Les Master De Feu – Master of fire, Master of gold title and trophy.

The competition takes place every 3 years in Compiegne, situated in the northeast of Paris, in the heart of the Oise department of Picardy. There is plenty to see and do along with the event and makes it the perfect place for a day visit or why not make it a long weekend.

Who will win???  That is decided by a select jury composed of personalities from the arts, entertainment, culture and others from the City of Compiegne. Along with these are a select few members of the public out of the 10,000 strong national as well as international spectators that attend the event each year.

Tickets are available for the show with a varied range available, from lawn tickets, seating, golden square and if you want to have something a little more extravagant why not choose the all-new Gold master ticket. Prices range from 16.50 euros around £15 to the top package of 190 euros around £170. Tickets must be bought in advance as none will be available on the day.

Programme

18:00pm – Doors open – vibrate to the sounds of the Batucada group “Atabak”, 20 live musicians will make you vibrate and dance to the sounds of percussion, a great part atmosphere is assured.

8:30pm – The Pyrotechnic Art Contest

8:45pm – Opening Show

9:15pm – First Firework Display

9:45pm – Second Firework Display

22:15pm – Third Firework Display

22:45 – Closing Show

23:00 – Awards Ceremony

23:30 – End of the Evening

Competitors

Opening & Closing the Event – Company Art Eventia – highly recognised throughout France and Internationally for cultural pyrotechnic displays including opening and closing ceremonies of Mons European capital pf culture 2015 and the prestigious event of the international film festival, pyrotechnic art of Cannes amongst others.

Italy – Parente fireworks, Antonio Parente – Winner of the Silver Master in the 1st edition of the event in 2016.

Greece – Nano Fireworks, Paulos & Filippos Nanos – Winners of the Silver Master in the 2nd edition of the event in 2017.

France – Grand Final, Pierre Emmanuel Gelis – Winners of the Silver Master in the 3rd edition of the event in 2018.

The designers of the competing teams have a mammoth task ahead of them as they work on their shows to match this year’s theme “The Great Classics”. This is the gala theme for the whole evening with not just the pyrotechnics on offer but also entertainment and a few surprises along the way.

Be in awe as each team lights up the skies for over 2 hours with a multitude of colours, light, and effects. At the end of the show and when all the marks are added there is an award ceremony where the winning team will be crowned the Master of gold and awarded the trophy.

Good Luck to all the competitors and we will be bringing an update after the event on the winners.

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BASTILLE DAY FIREWORKS 2019

WHAT: BASTILLE DAY FIREWORKS 2019
WHEN: SUNDAY 14TH JULY 2019
WHERE: ALL ACROSS FRANCE – MAIN PARADE IN PARIS
COST: FREE

Celebrated widely across France and in French-speaking regions around the world, Bastille day or La Fete Nationale in French is the anniversary of the storming of Bastille on the 14th July 1789 and the turning point in the French revolution.

On the morning of the 14th July, the streets on the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs Elysees and onto the Place de Concorde all begin to fill up as everyone eagerly awaits the parade to begin.

Known to be one of the oldest and biggest military parades in Europe it contains service men and women from various units including cadets from military school, the French Navy and Foreign Legion and the parade ends with the Paris Fire Brigade.

Not only is the parade on the ground but also in the air as military aircraft take to the skies.  With the president of the Republic, other French officials and guests in attendance they take their ringside seats as the French President opens and reviews the troops to begin the day’s celebrations.

Everywhere you go in and around France, the streets and houses are decorated in bunting and banners of the tricolor flag and the locals have painted faces and are dressed in the blue, red and white for the occasion. The French moto can also be heard everywhere around Liberte Egalité Fraternite (liberty, equality, and fraternity) along with breaking into singing the French national anthem; La Maseillaise.

14 juillet 2011

After the parade everyone stays in place to witness the finale. The grand operatic works take to the stage at 9:30pm with a grand concert, then at 11pm the fireworks are set off from the base of the Eiffel Tower and the gardens of Trocadero. The uninterrupted 30-minute grand finale show fills the night sky with a kaleidoscope of colour and light.

For some, once the evening’s celebrations are over, they return home to spend the rest of the day with family and friends but for others, the night has just begun as this is when the traditional bals des pompiers (fireman’s ball) takes place. These are parties organised by the Paris fire stations in the different districts of the capital.

All around the world, French expatriates will be remembering and celebrating their freedom, so why not look around your area to see if there are any special events planned to take part in.

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