About the Creative City: 

Many projects have emerged since Lyon was designated creative city of Media Arts in 2008. The main objectives have focused on carrying out a reflection on a digital cultural policy across our city, accompanying the digital revolution in all artistic and cultural fields and allowing the development of Media Arts in our area.

The Municipal Library of Lyon’s creation of the Digital Library of Lyon (NUMELYO) and the establishment of the digital platform Numeridanse by the Maison de la danse are among the main projects carried out. The city's museums also committed to the development of digital strategies, including interactive heritage point projects across the city. In the theatrical field, the Théatre nouvelle génération and the Théatre des ateliers are opening up to digital creations, interacting with other art forms.

For the Media Arts, the city supports various initiatives, from the Festival Mirage dedicated to Media Arts to the Festival Nuits Sonores, or the Fête des lumières, the city’s major event with more than 3 million visitors to each edition, which for the last few years now has hosted the works of digital artists.

The city of Lyon and the Lyon Metropolis invest heavily in the development of the digital economy and creative industries, representing 7,000 companies and 42,000 jobs. The metropolis of Lyon, which is leading the project for its future prospects, foresees the emergence of 100 new start-ups a year within 3 years and the creation  of 15 major companies in high-growth international markets within 10 years.

With the recent attainment of the label Frenchtech, the metropolis is planning to create a space dedicated to the digital world. The "Halle Girard", located in the Confluence District, will be restored and renovated in order to welcome the fresh shoots of the digital sector from the end of 2016 onwards.

Added Value: 

As a Creative City of Media Arts, Lyon envisages:

  • Cooperating with Media Arts festivals at the international level;
  • Hosting artists from other cities in the network;
  • Developing digital libraries;
  • Organising meetings on developments in cultural policies with regards to the digital revolution.
Member since: 
Sophie Lacroix, Directorate of Cultural Affairs, sophie.lacroix@mairie-lyon.fr
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