The outdoor music festivals are part of the culture of this French city and they attract millions of visitors each year.

The city hosts the famous light festival, Fête des Lumières, where the residents of Lyon celebrate the Virgin Mary and have done so since 1643. The statue of Virgin Mary stands on the Fourvière hill, overlooking the city. The residents light candles in their window sills and balconies on the night of 8th December.

Lyon becomes the Capital of Lights during this four-day festival and fills up with performers and visitors in the streets of the city centre.

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The second event involved in the MONICA project is Nuits Sonores: a huge electronic music festival which brings together DJs from France and from all over the world. For five days there are concerts, performances and shows in Lyon.

Lyon and MONICA

One issue that will be faced in MONICA is the increasing effectiveness for the security personnel in terms of improved tools for sharing information in relation to security. Also, noise management will challenge MONICA, aiming to get a reduction of noise complaints from citizens.

MONICA contact person for the local press: Bruno Vincent