Quito lights up!
We met the artistic director of the Festival of the Lights, Mr. Jean-François Zurawik. For the 3rd consecutive edition, Quito was illuminated for 5 days (from August 8th to 12th) giving local and foreigns, an extraordinary experience! The event brought together more than one millon people in the streets of Quito’s historic center.
As previous years, the most beautiful buildings of the historic center of Quito are the scene of magnificent creations and technical prowess! The festival of lights, originally from the French city of Lyon, was born from a celebration of the Virgin Mary. She would have spared the city of Lyon from contamination of the plague. On this occasion, and now for 19 years, the city of Lyon lights up during 4 days in December. The inhabitants have a tradition of having their windows a candle during the 4 nights of the party.
The Festival of Lights has been pass on to Quito on 2016 for the UNESCO Forum Habitat 3. The representation of France is then realized thanks to the festival of the lights, organized on the same model as in Lyon but this time in Ecuador.
Given the success of the event, the collaboration with the municipality of Quito, the secretary of culture, and the French organization continues for 3 years in a row. This annual event is now eagerly awaited by Ecuadorians! Which is taking place at the same time as the Independence festivities of Ecuador during the first week of August.
For the artistic director, it’s very interesting to work here in Ecuador to realize this event. The party has already been promoted to many other destinations such as Moscow, Shanghai, Dubaï, Bogotá and Hong Kong! But, it seems that it’s here, in Quito, where the event is more like the French Festival of Lights…
The artistic director names the festival of lights of Quito, “The little sister of Lyon“!
See you next year for a new edition!