Surprises await guests of the festival at every step. For example, figures of exotic animals can be found strolling stately in one of city's malls; theaters and museums are transformed into huge gaming machines; all historical sights are changing their appearance completely. The beautiful and unique festival was first celebrated a century and a half ago; at that time the reason for the event was the end of plague. Naturally, first holidays were significantly different from modern ones. Townspeople have lit bonfires and arranged funny performances, treated each other with festive delicacies and gave presents. Each year, a colorful event is visited by three million foreign travelers wishing to enjoy a spectacular show and take part in recreational activities.
Music lovers will enjoy another festival - Nuits sonores. It is held in late May and is dedicated to electronic music. The festival always attracts a great number of popular performers. Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival is held in summer; an ancient theater has been its main site of action for many years. Festival is dedicated to contemporary theater, cinema and music.
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