Led by a management team comprising a Chief Executive plus an Artistic Director for each project, La Biennale de Lyon is a non-profit body built around two main synergies:
- between two major festivals, staged by the same team. This management of two alternate events generates some highly positive effects: audience cross-pollination and growth, cross-disciplinary dialogue, motivated and high-quality staff, development of specific event-production know-how, and enhanced efficiency vis-à-vis media partners, contractors and philanthropists (two complementary events, continuous activity);
- and a highly beneficial synergy between events and institutions (Maison de la Danse for the Dance Biennale, and Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) for the Art Biennale), via the Biennales’ Artistic Directors, who also head the corresponding institutions. This makes it possible to: have top-flight figures who are actually based in Lyon; sustain an ongoing event/history dialogue; develop and enrich each event’s audience; generate a virtuous two-way flow rather than a sterile rivalry that stunts the development of both the institution and the event; and facilitate inter-team collaboration.