The folk of Lyon are particularly fond of this festival because of its fantastic location, incredible ambiance and the amazing variety of shows, including music, dance, circus and theatre, which are often combined to produce totally original performances. With young talent and huge names, local and international artists, various tastes and generations are brought together each year in a fun, vibrant atmosphere.
Shows not to be missed this year:
The grand opening show is an adaptation of the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, directed by Robert Wilson, and featuring the folk duo CocoRosie. A French premiere, suitable for all ages. From the 1st to the 3rd of June.
Another creation, Requiem Mozart is a meeting between a powerful, emotionally-charged work, and eight dancers choreographed by Yoann Bourgeois, a dancer and circus performer. In this dizzying performance, the dancers’ bodies fall, disappear and reappear, while the music of Mozart is played by soloists, the choir Accentus and the Insula Orchestra, conducted by Laurence Equilbey. On the 10th and 11th of June.
Another one not to be missed, Pure Dance by Natalia Osipova, a star dancer trained at the Bolshoi, and later the American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Royal Ballet in London. To be performed for the first time in France, the six-part Pure Dance reveals all of the richness of her artistic palette. On the 14th of June.
Cirque Eloize is celebrating its 25th anniversary and presents Hotel, its latest creation and a French premiere, bringing together 12 acrobats and musicians in a breathtaking show. From the 17th to the 22nd of June.
Opera beneath the Stars: Barbe-Bleue by Jacques Offenbach will be shown live on a giant screen and preformed simultaneously at the Opéra de Lyon. Entrance is free, but reservation is required. On the 29th of June. What's more, as soon as they leave the Opera, the artists will come to greet the audience in person following the screening!
The Pockemon Crew, local hip-hop dancers with an international reputation, are returning to the stage of the Grand Théâtre to celebrate their 20th anniversary with fireworks... Which is perfect as it will be the 14th of July!
Pop, rock, chanson française and world music…
The big concerts of the summer will feature a series of stars: Zazie on the 24th of June, -M- from the 25th to the 27th of June, Vanessa Paradis on the 3rd and 4th of July, Youssou N'Dour on the 20th of July, Ibrahim Maalouf on the 11th of July..., young talents, such as Eddie de Pretto and Terrenoire on the 24th of July, Clara Luciani and Les Innocents on the 28th of July, Jeanne Added on the 23rd of Jully, The Blaze on the 25th of July, and huge names: New Order on the 28th of June, Interpol on the 1st of July, King Crimpson and Magma on the 2nd of July, Midnight Oil on the 9th of July, Sting on the 17th of July, Tears for Fears on the 18th of July, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) on the 22nd of July…
And the Grand Finale, l’Eclat Final, will end the festival with a touch of comedy, featuring Les Franglaises and their offbeat humour, followed by a giant karaoke created by ARTE… combining chanson française, international pop and opera classics! A superb programme to be shared in the amazing ambiance of Nuits de Fourvière! On the 30th of July.
Other shows not to be missed at other venues:
Bartabas, with the Zingaro equestrian theatre, presents its new show Ex Anima. 30 performances from the 14th of June to the 24th of July at Parc de Parilly.
Nofit State Circus, a Welsh circus troupe, presents Lexicon, for 15 performances. From the 28th of June to the 14th of July. An unbridled and poetic show bringing together twenty or so artists on the stage. Suitable for all ages.
New in 2019: the ‘Salons de Musiques des Nuits’ presents ten more intimate, unplugged concerts, at various venues: Salle Molière, Opéra de Lyon and the Fourvière Odeon, from the 23rd of June to the 11th of July. A tribute to Leonard Cohen, Accordion night, a tribute to Moondog, Mélissa Laveaux, Raùl Barbosa, jazz, world music…
All the programme on www.nuitsdefourviere.com
How to book
Ticket office opening times:
• 15 March at 2 pm, then from 16 March to 29 July, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm, at the Lyon Tourist Office's Nuits de Fourvière ticket office (Only Lyon Tourisme), place Bellecour.
• From 1 June to 30 July, at the Nuits de Fourvière ticket office on the antique site, 6 rue de l’Antiquaille, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.
• Online on www.nuitsdefourviere.com (please, print your tickets)
• On the phone at +33(0)4 72 32 00 00 from 16 March, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.
For dinner before the show, don't forget to make a reservation at the Petite Table des Nuits (free aperitif with the ticket) -
Tel. +33 (0)437 469 179.
For a drink or snack, the Bar des Nuits is open on show evenings.
Don't let the rain put you off!
Shows are very rarely cancelled due to poor weather. If an event is cancelled, it will not be announced until the doors open, and a refund will only be given in this case.Ponchos will be available to purchase at a price of €1.