Spectacular shows, outdoor opera performances, traditional celebrations, gourmet markets, guided tours, concerts, street theatre, festivals, exhibitions… a lively summer awaits in Lorraine.
Not-to-be-missed summer events, sound and light shows revisit Lorraine’s history while highlighting the exceptional settings where they take place. These free events are great ideas for an outing to enjoy the long summer evenings. Discover the 4 must-see shows of the summer.
Constellations in Metz
Metz invites visitors for a unique experience: Constellations. In its second edition, the event features a multidisciplinary summer cultural calendar, with a total of 400 events combining digital arts and heritage. One of the highlights is Lux Animae – light of the soul – a monumental projection mapping display by Yann Nguema, artist and ambassador of the Festival of Lights of Lyon, that embellishes the façade of Metz’s gothic Saint-Étienne Cathedral. From 28 June to 16 September, marvel at the 2018 creations: live shows throughout the town, exhibitions and new trails on the themes of art and heritage.
Rendez-vous Place Stanislas in Nancy
Rendez-vous Place Stanislas takes over the stunning Unesco-listed site every summer evening, revisiting Lorraine’s history and heritage. A spectacular transformation, with a quarter of the show updated every year. In 2018, Stanisław Leszczyński invites visitors to discover a new segment dedicated to art, nature and industry: a nod to the exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum, “The Nancy School, Art Nouveau and the Art Industry”. Discover the show from 16 June to 16 September 2018.
Theatre of Water at the Château de Lunéville
Theatre of Water is a musical and visual event combining water ballets, music and magical images. Every summer evening, at nightfall, the show welcomes visitors around the great pond in Bosquets Park at the Château de Lunéville. Depending on the day, two new shows are on offer: the 350th celebration of the birth of Germain Boffrand and an aquatic symphony honouring the musical works of the Age of Enlightenment. The first is paired with an exhibition and event, “Lunéville and Germain Boffrand (1667-1754): the palace revealed”, on display in the restored areas around the chapel and dedicated to the prestigious architect. Discover the new show from 7 July to 19 August 2018.
Toul and its room of wonders
The town of Toul puts on a sound and light show honouring summer evenings. In 2018, city hall shines in the spotlight with a fabulous combination of architecture and plants. On the rear facade of this former Episcopal palace, in an unexpected garden setting, a cabinet of curiosities opens its doors to scenes inspired by the history of Toul. The show is created by Damien Fontaine, a composer and director from Nancy, known for his monumental creations. Discover the new show from 29 Juny to 2 September 2018.
A sound and light show on the life of Marshal Duroc in Pont-à-Mousson
Projected on city hall in the famous (and one-of-a-kind in Europe) triangular-shaped square named after him, this show puts Duroc in the spotlight. An iconic figure of the town, he was born in Pont-à-Mousson and was a comrade-in-arms to Napoleon until his death. The projection mapping is the creation of Lorraine native Damien Fontaine, a four-time winner of the Trophée des Lumières from Lyon’s Festival of Lights. The show tells the story of the general as well as the prestigious history of the town. Admire the display every Friday and Saturday at nightfall, from 6 July to 15 September 2018.