Troyes lights up for the long summer nights
Troyes, Ville en Lumières (Troyes-Illuminated City), is a novel, free-admission event, combining a lightshow with wandering street theatre. © Mélanie Coste-Bonnet, Ville de Troyes
For the 9th Ville en Lumières (Illuminated City), Troyes once again dresses up for summer. From 20 July to 26 August 2012, young and the not quite so young are eagerly awaited in the town for a stunning show. Humour, singing and surprises will be key features for the crowds to enjoy.
Every year, Troyes, located south-east of the Paris area, provides its residents and visitors with a free, novel event, combining lightshows and wandering street theatre. Every summer since 2004, the town's streets and monuments have been flooded with colour and enlivened by musical playlets –short, amusing comedies. This is the ideal opportunity for the general public to discover the town in a new light: fun and poetic at the same time by walking alongside the theatrical displays, each one designed to let you enter a world of folklore mixing humour and history.
In 2012, the character of Rashi, famous figure of Troyes from the Middle Ages and one of the most influential commentators of the Bible, takes pride of place. The singing and acting scenes of this show, both theatrical and musical, retrace his life and work.
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9.30 p.m. the Hôtel-Dieu-le-Comte university centre square will be the starting-point of a wonderful walk through the town's most famous landmarks such as the Quai des Comtes de Champagne and the Parvis du Théâtre de Champagne, with proceedings coming to an end 90 minutes later at Place Salomon de Troyes, (called Rashi). Laughter and stunning scenes guaranteed!