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Villeurbanne

Second city of the Rhone, it has its own identity from its Gratte-Ciel installed in the 30s, as its labor history and its cultural mix.

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This common dynamic of the agglomeration is illustrated in many disciplines: nature discovery with the Feyssine Park and the banks of the Rhone, cultural discovery around the Institute of Contemporary Art, the TNP, the cultural center Le Rize , movie studios ... Not to mention all the offer of shows of the theaters and concert halls of the town.

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“Working-class” is a hackneyed term, but in Villeurbanne it takes on its full meaning again. And not only at the Théâtre National Populaire (TNP, i.e., working-class national theatre). In this town with its working-class tradition, all culture is working-class. Firstly its industrial and working-class heritage, which definitely deserves a visit! The impressive hydroelectric power plant in Cusset on the Jonage canal has been active since 1899. In the Parc du Centre, a stunning 40-metre chimney reimagined by artist FV bears witness to its early 20th century industrial past. In Flachet, the Gillet workers’ housing estate gives visitors the chance to see 20th-century houses with gardens. In Ferrandière, the Jardin des Tout-Petits Adolphe-Lafont has been entertaining children with the same set-up since the 1930s.

The must-see Gratte-Ciel (i.e., skyscraper) neighbourhood, a listed 20th-century heritage site, is well worth a guided tour to check out the revolutionary aspect of its social housing built back in the 1930s. Fancy finding out more about Villeurbanne’s heritage? Le Rize is an ultra-dynamic museum complete with a media library and concert hall, which teaches visitors about every aspect of the town’s history and organises urban walks around its neighbourhoods.

TNP, IAC, ENM: a culture of diversity

Villeurbanne’s cultural venues are also marked by their multiculturalism. Because hospitality is etched deep into the DNA of Villeurbanne residents! From protestants enjoying freedom of religion in Charpennes in the 19th century to Canut silk workers seeking refuge outside Lyon in the 19th century, plus immigrant populations moving to work in the textile factories in the 20th century, Villeurbanne has developed a real tradition of hospitality. This has created a fascinating multicultural melting pot that has shaped all the town’s institutions, from programmes to audiences.

For the prestigious TNP, whose founding was driven by a desire to make theatre accessible to as wide an audience as possible, outreach to the general public is a priority. It puts on shows by both national and local theatre companies.

The main mission of the Institut d’Art Contemporain (IAC, i.e., institute of contemporary art) is also to raise awareness of contemporary art by putting on an extensive programme of events.

The URDLA, which exhibits lithographic works, hosts events for all audiences.

And the École Nationale de Musique (ENM, i.e., national school of music) is open to all aesthetics, particularly world music, songwriting, rap, and amplified music.

Finally, Le Zola, France’s biggest single-screen cinema, sets itself apart based on its non-profit status and the unusual events it puts on: short-film night, an Iberian and Latin-American film festival, and a British and Irish cinema weekend.

Varied festivals in Villeurbanne

On top of the events at Le Zola, a large number of cultural events are organised throughout the year. These include: Les Invites at Les Ateliers Frappaz, the biennial summer street art festival, and the Vivez l’Été festival held all across town over the summer.

Music lovers will appreciate the programme put on at the CCO, the social and cultural innovation laboratory, concerts at the unmissable Transbordeur, the cosy Toï-Toï-le-Zinc concert hall, or the Double-Mixte festivals.

Sports fans don’t miss big matches involving ASVEL, Villeurbanne’s famous basketball team.
Finally, every Sunday, flea market fans meet up at Les Puces du Canal. It’s France’s second biggest flea market and also a festive and cultural get-together featuring a programme of events and open-air cafés with an inimitable atmosphere.

In need of a little peace and quiet after this hectic schedule? Head on down to the Feyssine urban nature reserve. You’ll enjoy an unusual atmosphere here, too! This 45-hectare nature reserve - managed on a minimum-intervention basis to promote biodiversity - has been successfully rewilded. This natural oasis between the River Rhône and Boulevard Laurent-Bonnevay is home to a range of species including wild orchids and beavers…

Villeurbanne really is a surprising place!

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Institut d'Art Contemporain - IAC

11 rue Docteur Dolard - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 78 03 47 00

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Les Puces du Canal (flea market)

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Antiques and flea market

Les Puces du Canal (flea market)

3 rue Eugène Pottier - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 69 85 66 28

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Hôtel des Congrès

Place du Commandant Rivière - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 72 69 16 16

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Mercure Lyon Centre Charpennes Parc de La Tête d'Or

7 place Charles Hernu Charpennes-Villeurbanne - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 72 44 46 46

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Mix City

Traditional cuisine

Mix City

Place du Commandant Rivière Centre Commercial des Samouraïs - 69100 Villeurbanne

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Parc de la Feyssine

Parks, gardens and places to go for a stroll

Parc de la Feyssine

Entre le campus de la Doua et les rives du Rhône - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 78 03 67 67

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Hôtel Gratte-Ciel Lyon Villeurbanne

163 cours Emile Zola - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 78 85 32 33

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Restaurant La Bascule

Vegetarian or organic

Restaurant La Bascule

7 place Charles Hernu - 69100 Villeurbanne

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Appart' City Lyon Villeurbanne

314 cours Emile Zola - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 72 04 97 70

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OSCAR Les Puces

5 rue Eugène Pottier - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 37 57 09 83

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Unusual visits of the flea market Puces du Canal

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Tours and workshops

Unusual visits of the flea market Puces du Canal

3 rue Eugène Pottier - 69100 Villeurbanne

06 71 91 62 74

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Exalto Park Villeurbanne

Indoor activities

Exalto Park Villeurbanne

5 rue Eugène Pottier - 69100 Villeurbanne

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Hopscotch Congrès

Professional Congress Organisers (PCO)

Hopscotch Congrès

81 boulevard de Stalingrad Park Avenue - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 72 98 26 20

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Convention venues

Les Puces du Canal / Le Chapiteau

5 rue Eugène Pottier - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 69 85 66 28

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Guide Line

Outdoor activities

Guide Line

18 rue Gervais Bussière - 69100 Villeurbanne

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BaklAAVA

Gourmet haunts

BaklAAVA

182 rue de la Poudrette - 69100 Villeurbanne

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Hôtel de Ville de Villeurbanne

Place du Docteur Lazare Goujon - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 78 03 67 67

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Parks, gardens and places to go for a stroll

Green Wall

Parks, gardens and places to go for a stroll

Green Wall

angle du cours Emile Zola et rue Francis de Préssensé - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 74 63 48 36

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Show venues

Le Transbordeur

Show venues

Le Transbordeur

3 Boulevard bataille de Stalingrad - 69100 Villeurbanne

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Le Quartier des Gratte-Ciel

Avenue Henri Barbusse - 69100 Villeurbanne

04 37 57 17 17

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