History of Nuits Sonores
Over the last 15 years, the festival has transformed ? slowly but surely, in its own humble yet determined way ? into a choice overview of all that is modern and cutting edge in the fields of independent, electronic and digital culture.
With its finger forever on the pulse of the latest innovations and future developments in the creative world, since the beginning Nuits Sonores has had a forward-looking and pioneering vision: still today, the festival scours Europe and beyond in search of tomorrow?s artists and emerging aesthetics, always on the lookout for new uses and innovative practices.
The festival brings together the values of openness and cultural crossover, defending the universality of music and breaking down artistic barriers. In doing so, it has initiated multiple forays into the creative worlds of design, image, graphic art, food culture and architecture
A unifying force, Nuits Sonores is all about accessibility and the drive to bring audiences together, regardless of generational, social or territorial barriers. The fruits of this ambition can be seen in the impact that Nuits Sonores has on local communities, neighbourhoods and living spaces. Every year, for 5 days and 5 nights, the festival occupies around 40 venues throughout the city: from exceptional industrial heritage sites, to everyday areas and iconic landmarks. Nuits Sonores temporarily transforms Lyon into a unique site of freedom, friendship and sharing.
The organisers firmly believe that the project has retained its original values and convictions: an urban, independent, sociable, open event with a taste for the different and the diverse, a feel for hospitality and the obvious joy that comes with sharing wonderful moments with the public.
For 15 years, the festival?s team ? the Arty Farty family ? have put their bodies and souls into bringing this project into existence, helping it to grow, making it bigger, better, stronger, more coherent, more international, more flexible and more welcoming. They have worked on our project like any conscientious craftsman would, fine-tuning every last one of its thousands of component parts and configuring every last setting.
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