La Biennale de Lyon is a cultural enterprise that alternately devises, produces and holds two major international events: the Dance Biennale every even years, and the Contemporary Art Biennale every odd years.
As such, it ensures support, promotion and development and spreads their values.
Its main missions are:
- supporting the creation and dissemination of new work: every year, La Biennale de Lyon dedicates a substantial share of its budget in producing new pieces of choreographic and visual art. It also strives to disseminate them, especially in the field of dance.
- educating the audience in the arts: the Biennale caters for the widest possible audience spectrum, from newcomers to the most knowledgeable enthusiasts.
- promoting France, and especially Lyon and its region, on the international scene: the Biennale attracts many foreign professionals and generates heavy media coverage. The event also helps enhance the economic attractiveness of its host region.
- fostering vibrant local communities: by mobilising numerous towns in Greater Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes region through creative, participatory and complementary events, the Biennale helps strengthen the social fabric and instil a sense of togetherness.
Lastly and most essentially, La Biennale de Lyon, like other cultural players, works primarily to develop and promote another form of intelligence with regard to the world, by considering reality through the senses.