In 2020, the Dance Biennale will hold its 19th edition, celebrating African creativity and the young artists’ scene worldwide. This edition will also feature a new community strand, Les Lyonnais font la Biennale (“Lyon citizens do the Biennale”) with inclusive danceworks headed by international artists. On stage and in public space, an array of shows, performances and digital offerings will lead us towards tomorrow’s art.
Twenty-one world and French premieres will generate this edition’s momentum. After the success of Gravité in 2018, Angelin Preljocaj will be back at the Biennale for the world premiere of his Lac des Cygnes – a far cry from tutus and Tchaikovsky. Yoann Bourgeois will also offer us the world premiere of his new solo, a subtle and burlesque conversation that eschews words... And the most compelling creators on the contemporary international scene – such as François Chaignaud, Marlène Monteiro Freitas and Dimitris Papaioannou – will be in Lyon in September 2020 to stage their latest pieces!

The 2020 Défilé is under way!

For the next edition of the parade, Africa 20<->20, being held on 13 September 2020, the steering committee has selected 12 projects from around the region. With a cast of 4,000 amateur performers and 250,000 spectators, this Défilé will be an exceptional edition in the colours of Africa.
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Where Water Comes Together With Other Water had several new features: a new artistic director, a curatorial team attentive to work being made now, a new outsized venue, innovative exhibition design, artists from every continent, a majority of exhibits created specially for the event, and an emphasis on collaborating with the local business community. This edition also more widely embraced the Lyon, metropolitan and regional territories with the Veduta platform, Associated Exhibitions, and Resonance events.
This edition of the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale made its mark as a must-see event on the international art scene and an emotion-packed moment for all kinds of people!
A public success with over 273 800 visitors !

15th Lyon Biennale

A high point in the international art calendar, the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale is gaining fresh impetus in 2019.
This 15th edition of the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale is devised as an ecosystem at the intersection of biological, economic and cosmogonic landscapes. It bears witness to the shifting relationships between human beings, other living species, the mineral kingdom, technological artefacts and the stories that unite them.
Echoing Lyon’s geography, the title of the 15th Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale is Where Water Comes Together with Other Water, taken from a Raymond Carver poem. For the first time, in addition to the Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON) and many associate venues, the Biennale is being held in the deserted halls of the former Fagor factory, in the heart of the Gerland district. 
Around fifty artists of all generations and many nationalities, with gender parity, have been invited to make site-specific works.

15th Lyon Biennale

In 2019, the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale is moving to the 29,000 sqm space of the former Fagor factory for the first time.
This 15th edition is curated by the Palais de Tokyo, which has imagined the international exhibition as a vast landscape of uneven topography and unsettled climates.
The Lyon Biennale is viewed as one of the world’s leading contemporary art events, and this 15th edition will embrace the Lyon metro area and the entire region.
The Lyon Biennale will be held in macLYON and the 29,000 sqm post-industrial space of the former Fagor factory in the heart of the Gerland district – an exceptional site, emblematic of Lyon’s history. The factory, which operated here from 1945 until 2015, was among the last big manufacturing plants inside the city limits. In September, this vast brownfield site will host a system of political, poetic, aesthetic and environmental interactions through works by fifty or so artists of all generations and many nationalities, selected by the Palais de Tokyo’s curators.

15th Lyon Biennale

The Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale has entrusted the curatorship of its international exhibition to the Palais de Tokyo and its team of curators: Adélaïde Blanc, Daria de Beauvais, Yoann Gourmel, Matthieu Lelièvre, Vittoria Matarrese, Claire Moulène and Hugo Vitrani. Together they have envisioned this biennale as a vast ecosystem where artworks and artists cultivate the art of permaculture, at the intersection of landscapes be they biological (all interactions with living organisms, whether plants, animals or bacteria); economic (all interactions with resources and the appetites they entail: producing, distributing, consuming) and cosmogonic (all relations with the world’s spirit and our awareness of our place in the universe).
Around fifty artists of all generations and many nationalities, with gender parity, have been invited to make site-specific works that draw on the factory’s legacy and architecture as well as its socio-economic context.

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