The city of Lyon has once again drawn millions of visitors for its annual Festival of Lights.
Already world-famous for its gastronomy, Lyon is also a global pioneer when it comes to urban lighting.
“Many cities around the world want to copy what we’re doing because they know that light is magic, light is what brings warmth to the heart on a December night,” said the mayor of Lyon, Gérard Collomb.
The festival was born from a religious celebration, when the city honours the Virgin Mary every year on December 8th.
This year, fashion designers were invited to take part in the show. French lingerie designer Chantal Thomas brought colour and warmth to the cold winter night with her flower-themed videos. And world-famous French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac – who has created outfits for celebrities like Madonna, Vanessa Paradis and Lady Gaga – said the aim of his mystical installation entitled “Lost Paradise” was to recapture nature in an urban context.
“I can’t help thinking about God when I see light, light is what brings hope, really,” said Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.
During this festival, up to three million visitors come from around France, Europe and from the furthest corners of the globe to discover and take part in the many events programmed as part of the magical Fête des Lumières in Lyon.