Grégory Doucet, the mayor of Lyon, announced this Wednesday, October 28, in France 3 Rhône-Alpes that the Fête des Lumières was definitively canceled due to the health situation.
The Festival of Lights, which was originally scheduled for December 5 to 8, 2020, was officially canceled, said Grégory Doucet the mayor of Lyon on the 12/13 highlands of France 3 Rhône-Alpes.
After several weeks of hesitation, the decision was taken to stop the event, given the spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
“Obviously, we have to guard it properly and we know that we will not be able to manage it.” The mayor of Lyon (EELV) and his team have been trying to develop a lighter version of the event for several weeks. The city is specifically considering removing planned shows on the Peninsula, and prioritizing outdoor screenings.
But now it’s official, the festive lights will remain off on December 8, 2020 to avoid gathering.
On the other hand, hundreds of candles had to find their place in the window according to tradition.
“To keep oneself in the context of health, so that the most beautiful festival in the world remains a celebration and not a massacre” Grégory Doucet, canceling the 2020 edition of the Festival of Lights. “It’s the only solution” reacted to Nathalie Dehan, elected to Vénissieux and Métropole de Lyon.
Opinions that disagree with chef Christophe Marguin, President of Toques blancs lyonnaises: “We are fortunate to have an extraordinary city, with nine districts where we can host celebrations if we don’t. The mayor has made a choice, I respect him, but we are depriving us of three million visitors in a context in which we no longer have the right to work” he’s sorry.
“An inevitable decision in the current context. More than ever we will light up our windows!” reaction Christophe Geourjon, selected from the Metropolis of Lyon and the 7th arrondissement.
“This year, there is no Festival of Lights in Lyon except candles in our windows. Light at night in hopes of escaping this terrible period and regaining the splendor of the festival in 2021” said Yann Cucherat, selected from the 5th arrondissement and a former candidate for mayor of Lyon.
On social networks, many reactions express real disappointment and also invite you to put a candle in the window:
– masked officer (@jejagnan) 28 October 2020
This festive event, which gathered 1.8 million visitors over four days in 2019, was canceled once in 2015, the year of the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.