Two years after the opening of the Lyon showroom, iGuzzini supports the iconic Festival of Lights event. Four nights, from the 7th to the 10th of December
, during which technological innovation combines with the popular tradition of transforming the city through creative and unexpected light installations.
The protagonists of the lighting scenes are the hidden corners as well as the more well-known areas of the city, such as Place Bellecour (the largest pedestrian square in Europe), the historic district of Antiquaille, the roman theatre of Fourvière and the central Place Des Terreaux, above which the iGuzzini showroom
sits. Throughout the festival the showroom was open for the community of lighting designers, architects and designers to take in the stunning view of the light show “Enoha fait son cinéma”
by the notable French artist Nathanaëlle Picot.
The Festival of Lights was first held in 1852. In that year the people of Lyon lit candles in their windows to celebrate the inauguration of the Virgin Mary statue in the Saint-Jean Cathedral. The origins of the festival, however, go back to 1643 when Lyon was struck by the plague and the municipal councillors promised to pay tribute to Mary if the town was spared. Since 1852 the Festival has been celebrated every year becoming one of the most important European events.