Art lovers be warned, the Biannual festival in Lyon, France has opened, and until the end of December will be serving up a feast of art and events celebrating the nineteen seventies, and the “counterculture” it proposed to topple the old established order.
It is hoped the eighth edition of the event will be the most popular yet. The festival’s spread over five sites around the picturesque city, most linked by the river Saone, with ferries laid on to transport the crowds. It will attempt to showcase both new artists, and the established names that marked their and successive generations, says festival director Thierry Raspail: “The show is also very interested in the news, and news is based on an era, the 1960’s, during which a certain number of artists became benchmaks for the art world.” In all 61 artists will take part, and there will be 70 special shows. Of the bigger names in the lineup there are notable works by Andy Warhol, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Robert Crumb, Yoko Ono, and Brian Eno to name just a few. It is open every day except Monday, with night events every Friday.