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Le spectacle Lucia, mystères d’Amazonie a séduit près de 120 000 spectateurs du 22 au 30 décembre sur le parvis de la cathédrale de Nantes et devant le muséum d’histoire naturelle.  © Jérôme Fouquet / West-France The show Lucia, Mysteries of Amazoné seduced nearly 120,000 spectators from 22 to 30 December on the forecourt of the Cathedral of Nantes and in front of the Museum natural history.

The Lucia show, projected on the Cathedral of Nantes and the Natural History Museum, attracted 120,000 spectators for eight days of projection. In 2018, they were 200,000.

The largest tropical forest in the world on the Cathedral of Nantes. For eight days and five representations each evening, the works of the painter Alain Thomas dressed in light the facade of the religious building. After three previous editions in 2014, 2016 and 2018 and a 2020 cancellation because of COVID, The Sound and Light show entitled Lucia, Mysteries of Amazon has been maintained from 22 to 30 December in Nantes and adapted according to sanitary constraints .

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"Shoot the show and the cathedral after the fire"

120,000 people have fallen under the spell of parrots, hummingbirds and luxurious orchids. Among this audience, 12,000 spectators also at the natural history museum. Adverse weather, sanitary protocol and gauge: they were 80,000 less than in 2018 when Lucia attracted 200,000 curious. "We knew that with the Covid, the scaffolding, we could not achieve this same attendance, but the stakes were mostly of raising the show and the cathedral after the fire", explains Wilhem Thomas, co-author of show with François-Xavier Vandajon.

More than a year after the terrible fire that ravaged the Cathedral of Nantes, last summer, these two unpublished creations were expected by the Nantes . A goldsmith work led by the teams of spectacular-images. Every night, 84 security agents and 40 volunteers were rounding behind the scenes for the smooth running of the show. " The last night, 30, we had 30,000 people. There was a lot of emotion. " testifies Wilhem Thomas.

Before returning to Nantes in 2023, the show will continue its way in 2022 in the West, in February in Hénon near Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d'Amor), in the spring at Le Mans (Sarthe) and this summer, Fouras-les-Bains (Charentes-Maritimes).

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