On the evening of April 27, the opening parade kicks off the festivities. Leaving the main station, it crosses the Rambla and the Grand Place before a finale at the famous citadel of Lille. The spectacular parade, organised by lille3000, will see hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive in the city to join residents as a cavalcade of floats and more than 1000 costume-clad players, supported by a major sound and light show, bring the culture of central America to northern France. Organisers lille3000 will bring Mexico, with all its dance and music inspired by the great Mexican festivals such as El Dia de los Muertos or the Puebla parade, to the city.
The Old Stock Exchange
At the end of the Rambla, your eyes will be drawn to the Old Stock Exchange, in front of the Opera House and at the heart of this ancient city. This former stock market, which was witness to the city's commercial activity, is known as the Jewel of Lille. The Flemish Baroque building, dating back to 1651, has an inner courtyard where chess players compete with booksellers for the visitors’ attention, and in 2019 will see it enhanced, for the festival, with Golden Sun Mirrors. More reasons than ever to visit this essential attraction!
St So Station – The Green Goddess
Edward James' Garden of Eden
April 27 to September 8, 2019
The British poet wanted to create his Garden of Eden in Mexico, the Pozas in Xilitla, a 32-hectare tropical forest known for its waterfalls and lakes, and home to huge surrealist concrete sculptures. St So station, a former goods station now at the heart of life and culture in Lille, will offer, through the work of contemporary artists, in both its main hall and also outside, an installation recreating this Garden of Eden.
Exhibitions not to be missed!
The Lille 3000 Festival is rich in its exhibitions... A brief overview of the exhibitions that combine fine arts, folk art and contemporary art.
Alberto Giacometti - A Modern adventure - Lam Lille
13 March - 11 June 2019
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art, Outside Art of Lille, where works come from the private collections of Lille, exhibits works by Modigliani, Picasso, Miro and Bernard Buffet all year round... In 2019, for the Eldorado festival, the Lam invites visitors to a major retrospective on Giacometti.
In spring 2019, following the success of ‘Amedeo Modigliani. The Inner Eye’ in 2016, the Lam invites the public to take a fresh look at one of the 20th century's greatest artists: Alberto Giacometti, whose works have previously been rarely exhibited in the museums of Northern Europe.
Almost 150 works will be brought together for an unparalleled exploration of the founding myths of the history of modern art. Inscribed in the collective imagination, Alberto Giacometti’s fragile elongated sculptures render the profiles of men and women either motionless or captured in movement. Presentation of these masterpieces will be complemented by a wealth of outstanding loans shedding light on Giacometti’s unique artistic career: his early works influenced by cubism, his passion for Ancient Egypt (a source of inspiration and revitalisation throughout his life), his encounter with the surrealists, and his later pictorial works.
Offering a fresh viewpoint on the work of an artist whose career spanned almost half a century, the visit will continue on into museum galleries providing a series of counterpoints to his body of work, including photographs of the artist in his studio and a work by Annette Messager, paying tribute to Giacometti.
Hospice Comtesse / Intenso Mexicano
From 27 April
In this former hospital, founded in 1237 by Jeanne de Flandre (Countess of Flanders), the museum will exhibit works of Mexican art, paintings and sculptures by such emblematic artists as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Rosa Rolando, all selected by the Museum of Modern Art of Mexico. In parallel, the Tlacolullokos collective will display oversized paintings whose subjects are immigrants from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in LA, a reflection on universal socio-cultural issues.
Le Tripostal - Eldorama
27 April - 01 September 2019
Le Tri Postal (or ‘Tripo’ as the people of Lille know it) was built in the 1950s to sort mail, close by the Lille Flandre station, and has been the go-to place for exhibitions of contemporary art since Lille 2004 (European Capital of Culture). This year a programme of electro concerts will engage the residents of Lille, a city with the youngest population in France.
For the festival, the Tripostal will tell the great story of Eldorado through a myriad of contemporary works of art borrowed from all over the world. In three chapters, corresponding to the three floors of the gallery, the exhibition will present the universal adventure of Eldorado, a story that forever calls to individuals and people the world over.