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Plan your meeting in the “city of the future”

Two days ago, we were able to perform our first post-confinement site inspection, in Lyon. It was for one of our key accounts, to prepare an event that was “frozen” for over 3 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We were able to discover new super trendy places in the Confluence district of Lyon. As the city’s former industrial area, the Confluence district once housed the city’s wholesale market, factories, prisons and the Port Rambaud, which supplied the city with goods arriving here via the river. Following the progressive closure of its factories in the late 20th century, the Confluence’s urbanization project has brought a new breath of life to the district, and helped to extend the city.

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Leading names from the international architecture scene, such as Christian de Portzamparc, Kengo Kuma and Massimiliano Fuksas, have added their own personal touches to the area’s extraordinary architecture. As an area on the cutting edge of ecology and devoted to experimentation, this eco-district combines architectural avant-garde and sustainable development.

From the banks of the Saône all the way along the Cours Charlemagne, shops, homes, offices, bistrots, and parks cohabit with construction sites and renovations breathing new life into the former port buildings. The futuristic “Musée des Confluences” exhibits everything from dinosaur skeletons to contemporary art, and La Sucrière, a former sugar warehouse, displays fantastic art collections.

Lyon is the second city in France in terms of culture, just after Paris. It has lots of museums, where you can immerse yourself in its history and heritage, including its world-famous gastronomy and “bouchons”. And there are 21’000 events all year long: fairs, congresses, concerts, plays, festivals, biennials, etc.

Our customer was amazed by the spaces and accommodation on offer in the Confluence district. For their upcoming medical conference, he quickly selected a 900 square-meter historic building that was used to repair houseboats and barges. Now it houses many professional events in the heart of Lyon. This beautiful modular space can be entirely privatized.

Discover the new and forward-looking face of Lyon! Vitalis Events can help you plan a fabulous event in this exciting city…