Festival Guide #2: Between Lyon and Marseille

Here is our second installment of our favorite festivals. After the French Riviera, our tour shall be stopping in Lyon and Marseille, two great destinations for all travelers who love inspirational cities, lively events and amazing views. If this your case, you will be delighted by our Radisson Blu hotels with their panoramic views on the Marseille Old-Harbor or the city of Lyon from the highest floors of the Tour Part Dieu.

Place Bellecour Lyon light show

In Lyon for the Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is probably the most emblematic event in the city of Lyon. Every year, in early December, Lyon will display a completely different face and delight the thousands of visitors who come to the city. What initially started as mere candles burning on windows and balconies was to become a unique and renowned celebration. With its illuminated decorations and installations which reinvent the city and transcend some of its most iconic monuments, Lyon becomes the world capital of light. As it happens, there is no better place to admire the city during the Festival of Lights than the Radisson Blu Lyon. From its panoramic restaurant, bar and guest rooms, visitors will discover the most beautiful views in Lyon.

Practical information: The event takes place around the 8th of December. Site : Fête des Lumières

Learn more about it :
The Festival of Light presented on our website: Presentation.

2/ Introduction to the 2016 Festival of Light on our blog : Radisson Blu Blog

Bonus :

Les Nuits de Fourvière : will take place from July 1st to July 29th, in the Roman theatre on the hill of Fourvière. A long list of highly renowned singers and bands will be performing in this unique monument: Arcade Fire, Benjamin Biolay, Paolo Conte, Norah Jones, Pink Martini and many more. Site : Nuits de Fourvière.

Le Festival Lumière: every year in October, this festival will remind us that Lyon is also the birth-place of cinema. The Festival dedicated to classics of the so-called Seventh Art. Last year, in 2016, the prestigious Prix Lumière was awarded to the amazing French actress Catherine Deneuve. Some will also remember that Quentin Tarantino was invited to conduct a public master-class at the Lyon auditorium. Site: Festival Lumière.

In Marseille with the Marsatac Festival

Of all festivals in the city of Marseille, Marstac is probably the shortest one but also the most festive and thrilling event. This is where the alternative scenes meet gathering established and emerging bands in many different genres but mostly hip-hop and electronic music. Marsatac is also strongly committed to presenting local artists and bands. Over two days and two exhilarating nights, the public will be able to enjoy the sounds of Nicolas Jaar, Soulwax, Die Antwoord, Birdy Nam Nam but also the Fonky Family returning to stage and many others.

Practical information: The festival will take place on June 23rd and 24th, 2017. Site: Marsatac.

Bonus :

Le Festival Jazz des Cinq Continents. From July 19th to July 29th, this is one the major Jazz festivals in France during summer: Festival

Festival de Marseille Danse et Arts Multiples : As the name suggests, this festival is dedicated to modern dance and to a wide variety of other arts including live performance, theatre, music etc. This year, the festival proposes a focus on Africa. Festival de Marseille.

Previous installments
Aren’t you curious to know which festivals we recommend on the French Riviera? See our previous post: Festivals on the French Riviera

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