FRANCE: The relatively nomadic Nuits Sonores festival has announced a change in venue for its main site in 2017. Since the early days of the festival, its promoter Arty Farty has conducted – in collaboration with the Lyon based architecture studio LFA (Looking For Architecture) and the lighting designer Yves Caizergues – substantial work on the architecture and aesthetic of Nuits Sonores’ main sites. The visual atmosphere of the festival has always been one of its priorities, leading to an extensive exploration of its hometown’s many unique spaces.
Over the past 15 years, Nuits Sonores has already moved to, among others: the Rhône Swimming pool in 2003, the Sucrière, the Salins du Midi and the Port Rumbaed in 2004, the SLI Old Factories (old bulb factories) in 2008, the Ancien Marché de Gros (old market of national interest), the Brossette factories, and the Hôtel-Dieu in 2012 to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary.
In 2017, Arty Farty will celebrate Nuits Sonores’ 15th anniversary on a site hitherto unseen: the old Fagor-Brandt factories, situated in Lyon’s 7th borough. As the festival’s main venue, the Fagor-Brandt factories will host the night time programmes of Wednesday 24, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May 2017. The factories have a combined capacity of 14,000 and comprise three stages, numerous convivial spaces and an entire hall dedicated to catering.