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I. De sti nati on Lille


A t own i n t he hear t of Eur ope Ideally situated in Europe The heart of a Metropolis Getting to Lille A low carbon eco-responsible destination

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Lille, l ooking t o t he f ut ure A major economic zone High level training The 5 poles of competitiveness The 5 centres of excellence

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A ci ty of c ult ure A city of art to discover History of the town Culture in the backdrop Land of museums

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A dy na mi c city Art of living A land of festivals Old Lille, picturesque and trendy neighbourhood Gastronomy Shopping in Lille Lille by night Euralille, business district Lille Metropole, sports Lille outdoors

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T o vi sit out si de of Lille Metr opole The charm of the Flanders mountains Beaches of the North Visit Bruges

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III . De sti nati on Lille Gra nd Palais Locati on i n t he ci ty Lille’s core


Pre se ntati on Put the pieces of your event together Essential services Congress Exhibitions ZĂŠnith Arena The team Catering space Eco-value added to your event !

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Destination Lille

accueilwelcome With more than 226,000 inhabitants, Lille, in conjunction with the associated towns, Hellemmes and Lomme, constitutes the largest city in the North of France. At the heart of an agglomeration of 87 municipalities, Lille, with its French and Belgian neighbours, is part of a cross-border metropolis of 1.9 million inhabitants in the centre of a Euro-Region. This privileged geographic position, enhanced by a high-quality transport network, makes Lille a veritable gateway to Europe Indeed, people from across Europe are attracted to Lille, with its quality of lifestyle, economic dynamism, cultural vitality and festive energy. Increasing numbers of tourists are coming to discover Lille and are contributing to the reputation of the city.

With 14,000 new inhabitants since the latest census in 1999, Lille currently enjoys a demographic dynamism which pushes the city into second place in terms of population progression in France. Following the Vieux-Lille quarter, which has rediscovered its former splendour, then Euralille, the new business and commercial centre, it is now the turn of all ten districts of Lille to be targeted in the Urban Development Project, conceived hand in hand with residents in the aim of improving the quality of city life. Major cultural infrastructures, new squares and gardens, new local services, new housing initiatives: all of these projects are founded on a single ambition - to build a framework for social inclusion across the city.


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An optimal location in the heart of Europe, excellent accessibility with multiple modes of public transport make Lille and its surroundings an ideal choice to hold your events with minimum impact on the environment.

At a natural crossroads in Europe, in the heart of the three major economic capitals (Paris, London and Brussels) and less than 350 kilometres from 6 European capitals, Lille is a prime destination for your events. Enhanced by a dense transportation network Lille is one of the best serviced cities in France. Another indisputable asset is its two rail stations, located minutes from the city by foot, which connect Lille with the rest of France and with several European cities.



• 3 international airports nearby: Lille-Lesquin, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Brussels Zaventem • France’s most important rail region • At the crossroads of 6 motorways


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With more than 226 000 inhabitants, Lille and its suburbs comprise the largest city north of Paris. As the capital of Flanders, Lille is the heart of the urban agglomeration, Lille MĂŠtropole, which has 85 districts and 1.1 million inhabitants making it the 4th largest French agglomeration and 15th European metropolis.


A cross-border cooperation Since 2008 cross-border cooperation with Belgium has created the eurodistrict of Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai. This European grouping of territorial cooperation allows a closer political, economic and strategic approach and promotes cross-border exchanges between France and Belgium.

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Four districts with more than 65,000 inhabitants: Lille, Roubaix, Tourcoing and Villeneuve d’Ascq make up approximately 40% of the metropolis


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Lille-Lesquin Airport Located just 10 minutes drive from the city centre, Lille-Lesquin airport offers 70 international routes for passengers. 18 shuttles run between the airport and Lille city centre every day.

Lille is a strategic rail crossroads with two stations situated only 500 m from each other - Lille Europe and Lille Flandres - which provide daily links to Europe by TGV and Eurostar: • Brussels midi: 35 minutes (15 trains/day) • Paris Charles de Gaulle airport: 50 minutes (23 trains/day) • Paris: 59 minutes (25 trains/day) • London: 1h20 (9 Eurostar trains/day) • Amsterdam: 2h40 (13 trains/day)

Paris Charles-de-Gaulle international Airport The biggest airport in France and the second biggest European aviation correspondence platform, Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport is located less than an hour from Lille by TGV.

Motorway network Brussels Airport The "airport city Express" trains take you to Brussel-Zuid (Bruxelles-Midi) train station in 20 minutes (running between 5:30 a.m and 12:15 p.m each day). There are 17 different connections by Eurostar,TGV or TER that link this station to Lille city centre every day.

At the intersection of 6 motorways, Lille is easily accessible by car: • 1h from Brussels (123 km) • 2h from Paris (220 km) • 3h from Amsterdam (287 km) • 3h from Luxembourg (306 km)

Charleroi Airport This low-cost Belgian airport is only 120 km drive from Lille or 1.30 hour by TGV.



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Because of its ideal geographical location at the centre of a network of some of the most active European cities, its two train stations 5 minutes walk from Lille Grand Palais and its proximity to the ISO 14001 certified Lesquin airport, Lille offers serious advantages for travellers. Lille urban transport promotes the use of environmentally friendly energy: electricity, gas and biogas. The Metro and tramway of Lille are powered completely by electricity. 91% of all public transport journeys undertaken in the city use ‘clean’ energy. A Congressman/visitor to Lille can significantly limit their carbon footprint when arriving and travelling around the Lille area. These elements make Lille Grand Palais a low-carbon choice of venue.

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Getting around Lille metropole

Lille Métropole boasts the first fully automated underground built in the world, which was inaugurated in 1983. Its 2 lines are one of the longest automated metros, with 45 km of lines. They are connected to a dense bus and tram network which helps optimize travel in the metropolitan area. The streets of Lille can also be easily discovered on foot or by bicycle, or even by taxi-bicycle during which you can also enjoy a guided tour of the city.

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Lille is the epicentre of the 1st consumer zone in Europe: 100 million people within a 300 km radius. Historic birthplace of the textile industry, Lille metropolis remains in 1st location in France for textile and technical textiles. It is also the European capital for catalogue/online sales with names such as La Redoute and the 3Suisses, aswell as supermarkets such as the Auchan Group, Decathlon, Leroy Merlin, Nocibé… Lille Métropole also welcomes 15 head offices of multinational companies.


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• Largest industrial region in France • Largest teaching hospital complex in Europe • Most popular region in France for foreign investment • 2nd biggest concentration of insurance companies • 2nd highest number of international HQs in France • 3rd largest region in France for international trade



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The Academy of Lille is ranked the 2nd Academy in France. Lille Métropole includes over 159,000 students across 4 public universities, 1 group of private Universities, La Catho, the biggest Catholic University of France and a European University Centre. Lille Métropole also provides 8 Business and Management Schools and 13 Schools of Engineering. 10% of French engineers are also trained in Lille Métropole.

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2010-2011 • 1,011,901 pupils, students and apprentices • 77,460 personal including 65,627 teachers • 4,189 educational establishments • 7 universities • 1 private University group • 13 GRETA (adult education) • 18 Engineering schools, etc... • 1 IUFM (7 training centres)

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The Nutritional Health Longevity Cluster which provides answers to the

The Up-tex Cluster accompanies businesses with an interest in research

issues of public health with 2 strategic focuses: the prevention,

or innovation in the areas of advanced textile materials, polysensoriality,

diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and

and mass customization design. To learn more visit

neuro-degenerative diseases associated with aging. For more information visit

The MAUD (Materials and Applications for a sustainable use) cluster targets several key markets: the catering industry, packaging industries, I-Trans competitiveness cluster, an international competitiveness cluster,

plastics processing and applications of biosource products. To learn more

unique in France, specialises in the areas of sustainable land transport


and logistics. The I-Trans pole has the challenge to become the European pole of reference for the design, construction and maintenance of innovative transport systems. For more information visit

The Industries of trade, PICOM cluster, whose mission is the development of a world reference centre for distribution of the future. For more information visit




The Competitive clusters are groups of businesses, research centres and public and private training organizations throughout France. There are 71 poles spread around France whose common objective is to create conditions for economic renewal of regions in developing new products and services. The region of Lille is distinguished by its entrepreneurial dynamism and accounts for 5 poles of competitiveness approved by the French State which energize the local economic fabric.


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Euralille, Lille metropole services industry showcase

EuraTechnologies, Centre of excellence dedicated to new

Launched in 1990 with its modern centre and leading services industry


pole, Euralille has ensured a major city status for the Lille agglomeration.

Located in Lomme, 10 minutes from the centre of Lille, EuraTechnologies is a

Euralille, where Lille Grand Palais is located, is the power engine of

center of economic excellence dedicated to Information and Communication

development in the area. It is served by two TGV stations welcoming more

Technologies (ICT). EuraTechnologies's ambition is to bring businesses

than 23 million travellers per year. It is the city’s business district, and an

together in one dedicated place and to provide a panel of innovative services.

exemplary model of contemporary urbanism.

La Haute Borne, research centre geared towards high-technology Eurasanté, Centre of excellence dedicated to advanced biologyhealth activities Eurasanté is the agency associated with the economic development of the health sector of the Lille Nord Pas-de-Calais area. Located at 10 minutes from the centre of Lille, hosts 100 health companies aswell as the largest, university-hospital campus of Europe with 12, 500 health professionals and 200 researchers. Eurasanté, is also a bio-incubator, which comprises of 2, 000 m2 of laboratories, workshops and fully equipped offices, designed to welcome innovative, start-up companies in the field of health.

The scientific Park of La Haute Borne is located in the heart of a teaching and research centre of European dimensions and is situated on 300 hectares with more than 3, 500 researchers and teacher-researchers, 50, 000 students and 85 universities research laboratories, some Grandes Ecoles (specialised universities) such as Telecom Lille, Polytech'Lille, the ENSCL and the Ecole Centrale de Lille.

The Union, textile and image centre of excellence A major structuring tool, the CETI will be the "armed arm" of the UP-tex cluster of competitiveness. The objective of this project is to accelerate the passage of ideas to the market by bringing together in the same place research tools and prototyping and transferring these to businesses. It will therefore welcome permanent or temporary researchers from different disciplines based on the purpose and progress of their research.


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Founded in the 11th century, Lille only became part of France in the last 300 years and has kept a Flemish influence visible in its architecture. Labeled the City of Art and History in 2004, the town has preserved many buildings of its rich past: the Citadel, one of the finest examples of military architecture from the 17th century, built by Vauban; the Old Stock Market, a remnant of the Spanish occupation; the Grand Place, major venue for events in Lille is guarded by the statue of a goddess; its famous Belfries, including the City Hall belfry classified a world heritage building by UNESCO‌ Let yourself be charmed by the discovery of its captivating streets that will remain with you long after your stay in the city.


Guided visits

The tourist office proposes numerous guided individual or group visits, giving the opportunity to better understand the history, architecture, neighborhoods and the heritage of Lille. Discover Lille by foot, car, bike, subway, boat or even by Segway! Visit and discover its City Pass offers (transport and free tours), ZEVISIT MOBILE (audio guidance), as well as a virtual tour of the city!

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According to legend, the city of Lille was founded in 640 a.d. after the victory of LydĂŠric over the cruel tyrant Phinaert. The two giants are today part of all festivals and celebrations in the Lille area. However, it was in 1066 that Lille was cited in history for the first time. The name of the town comes from the latin "insula" (island) because at the time of its foundation in the 11th century, Lille emerged from a marshland crisscrossed by the DeĂťle canal. Lille became part of the duchy of Burgundy from the 14th century. Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, at the time more powerful than the King of France, made Lille a financial and administrative capital. Lille was part of Habsburg territory before becoming attached to the Spanish Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, which marked the Golden Age of the old town. In 1667, Louis XIV took control of Lille during the war of devolution, linking it permanently to his Kingdom, evidence of which remains today in the Citadelle built by renowned fortress architect Vauban. The 19th century saw Lille in the ranks as one of the great industrial capitals, expanded to incorporate 5 different districts. A century later the decline of the textile industry posed serious problems for the city which in turn decided to turn towards tertiary activities (banks, administrations, universities). Today Lille has returned to its tradition of commerce and is betting on Europe. Lille now begins a new page in its history with Euralille the newest "addition" to the city and the Northern Europe TGV station opened in 1994.

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As the European capital of Culture in 2004 (which hosted 2, 500 events and welcomed more than 9 million participants), Lille unveiled its spirit by opening itself up to the world. Lille was the first European cultural capital which extended to a euro-regional area (from Roubaix to Kortrijk in Belgium). Lille is now a reference in the field of art and culture. The lille3000 event will continue this momentum by bringing together new cultures and contemporary artists in various areas around the city. As part of this this new dynamic of culture, the city of Lille renovated many industrial sites to create cultural areas accessible to all: La maison Folie de Moulins (Mill House Venue), the Old Brewery, La maison Folie

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Wazemmes (Wazemmes House Venue), a spinning mill which is no longer in activity, The Gare Saint-Sauveur, a former freight hub, and the Tri Postal, a former postal sorting centre‌ These are part of an array of cultural structures that today exhibit artists creations and host exhibitions, performances and concerts throughout the year.

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Lille and its metropolis are also the home of well-known museums whose collections are renowned for their wealth and prestige. Every year these excellent venues welcome major international exhibitions. To be discovered: the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille (voir encadré) (see inset), Le LAM, Lille City Museum of Modern Art, contemporary art and art brut in Villeneuve d'Ascq, La Piscine, museum of art and industry “André Diligent” in Roubaix located in a magnificent Art déco building… Thirty museums of Fine Arts showcase an abundance of prestigious regional collections and works by local artists whose contribution is by no means insignificant to the ensemble, Gable, Mathieu, De Marle... Hundreds of other artists talk to us through their art about life, wars, festivals and everyday historical life and work... In 2012, the city of Lens, 40 km from Lille will host the Louvre 2, a sister museum to the famous Parisian museum.


The fine arts museum

Due to the size of its permanent collections, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is considered to be the second largest general-interest museum in France, just after the Louvre. The building, completed between 1885 and 1892, is typical of the monumental architecture of the late 19th century. Fully renovated in 1997, its 22, 000m² house prestigious collections of European painting (Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix…), a few key examples of 19th century French painting (David's Belisarius, Courbet's L’après-dînée à Ornans, Puvis de Chavannes' The Slumber…), a large collection of drawings (including 40 sheets by Raphaël), a sculpture gallery (Carpeaux, Rodin, Claudel, Bartholdi…) and 17th and 18th century ceramics. Also worthy of note is the presentation of relief maps of fifteen fortified towns in Northern France and Belgium (18th century models used by the French Kings during wars).

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The Opera of Lille Since its reopening in December 2003, the Opera of Lille offers audiences in the North of France a variety of lyrical programming that spreads from the baroque period to modern creative works, without forgetting the great operatic repertoires. Contemporary dance also plays a leading role. The Opera of Lille’s eclectic and ambitious project has awarded it a growing international reputation with both audiences and professionals.


Big names on the international scene

With theatre, opera, dance and cinema, Lille has every type of art available to welcome and entertain you. Big names in international culture operate within the metropolis: Carolyn Carlson, National choreographer in residence at the choreography Centre of Roubaix, the charismatic Jean-Claude Casadesus, at the National Orchestra of Lille, Stuart Seide, stage director at The North Theatre of Lille…

Lille’s theatres Both national and local theatre shows ranging from classical to contemporary or from tragic to comic are to be found throughout the city.

The National Orchestra of Lille Created in 1976 with the support of the Nord/Pas-de-Calais region and of the State, the National Orchestra of Lille is armed with an ambitious artistic project steered towards all types of audiences: showcasing operas, contemporary creation, promotion of young talent and cultural and young audience activities.


The Théâtre du Nord

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With 36% of the population less than 25 years old, Lille is the youngest city in France. Throughout the year the city of Lille displays a constant dynamism. As well as resolutely looking to the future, Lille proudly preserves its history, traditions, roots and identity. The best illustration of this is the renowned ‘Braderie’ or street market, the largest market in Europe! This popular and unifying event takes place during the first week of September each year and hosts more than 10,000 vendors and 2 million visitors. With 2 days and 1 night of bargain hunting and feasting on the famous mussels and French fries, which have become synonymous with the market, the event has become a must-do and features a contest to see which restaurant can produce the highest pile of empty mussel shells!


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• 3 hours non-stop bargain hunting, haggling and fun (Saturday 2 p.m to Sunday 11 p.m) • 100 km of stalls • 10, 000 exhibitors • 1 à 2 million visitors • 500 tonnes of mussels to be eaten • 5, 000 participants on average in the Braderie’s half marathon La Braderie, Lille


Lille,adynamiccity V i e u x - L i l l e , p i c t u r e s q u e t r e n d y n e i g h t b o u r h o o d Vieux-Lille is without doubt the most quaint district of this rich city of a remarkable historical and architectural heritage. Come stroll along its cobbled lanes lined with pretty Flemish houses and discover the most beautiful shops of the city, with big names in luxury, fashion and design. There are also many art galleries as well as bars and restaurants. This area of Lille offers a charming and eclectic atmosphere by day or by night.


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Lille,adynamiccity G a s t r o n o m y Lille cuisine is strongly marked by its Flemish heritage. While France is famous for its bourguignon beef simmered in wine, the North of the France offers its own famous version, Flemish carbonade, small pieces of beef simmered in beer. Also available is Waterzoï (poultry or fish with cream and small vegetables), Potjevleesch (literally "small pot of meat", terrine of white meat jelly) or the famous mussels and French fries. A Northern brewed brown, blond, amber or white craft beer gives the perfect accompaniment to any of these dishes. For those with a sweet tooth, let yourself be tempted by a traditional sugar tart, a waffle filled with vergoise (a sugar syrup) or even spéculoos (biscuit) ice-cream.


Michelin–starred chefs

A L’Huîtrière Chief: Philippe Lor Since 1928, this restaurant, one of the finest fishmongers in France, has stood behind its astonishing Art Deco facade. Also one of the best restaurants in the city, it has boasted a Michelin star every year, without fail, since 1930. Le Sébastopol Jean-Luc Germond created Le Sebastopol in 1994 and has been a member of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France since 1996. This prestigious circle brings together some of the country’s most experienced and innovative chefs. Authentic and creative, Jean-Luc Germond is passionate about the products he uses, especially their quality and freshness. Le Restaurant de Monsieur Jean In the Nord-Pas de Calais region, Marc Meurin is the only chef of a 2 Michelin starred restaurant (Le Château de Beaulieu in Busnes). In October 2010, he opened in Lille a new restaurant of creative food, based on local and seasonal products.


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Shopping-lovers will be in heaven in the streets of Lille. From small shops to designer boutiques and with several shopping centres like the Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Euralille, with its hundreds of stores, you will be in bliss.

Fashion for all tastes Not far from Lille by tramway or underground, the city of Roubaix is renowned worldwide for its textile, and has 2 large outlet stores. L’Usine in Roubaix (“The Factory”) is the biggest of its kind in Europe with 85 “prêt à porter” stores and more than 200 different brands. The Mc Arthur Glen retail center offers 130 brands at discounted prices. The best places for good deals!




Maisons de mode

Northern designers label, “Maisons de mode (Fashion Houses)“ accompany young stylists and fashion designers in renovated areas of Lille and Roubaix. Two sites for a single project: to install a pool of creators in the Lille metropolitan area. Dozens of boutiques dedicated to fashion and creation have already been developed.

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There are 2 particularly lively neighbourhoods of Lille by night: the Vieux-Lille and the MassĂŠna street and Solferino Street area. In the Vieux-Lille you will discover themed bars and many restaurants including Flemish estaminets that allow you to discover the gastronomic delights of the North of France. Estaminets are friendly welcoming restaurants where people from the North go to gather with family and friends over a beer or traditional dish. You will also discover many traditional Flemish wooden games which are guaranteed to enliven your meals. Les Halles district, in which lie the streets MassĂŠna and Solferino, welcomes lots of students from the many universities in Lille giving this area a festive atmosphere. The Zenith Arena in Lille also offers a rich program of concerts and performances. The warmth of the North is experienced in an array of restaurants, bars, cabarets and clubs in this vibrant and young city.


The Lille Barrière Casino

A complex of 40 000 m2 dedicated to leisure activities at the heart of Euralille: 1 casino (300 slots machines, 20 gaming tables, 1 poker room) 1,200 seats theatre 3 restaurants : a restaurant, a french brasserie and a fast-food restaurant 4 theme bars 1 5-star hotel (142 rooms) 28 rue Thiers, a restaurant in Lille


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Designed at the end of the 1980s by Dutch urban designer and architect

In the Place François Mitterrand, between Lille Europe station and the shopping

Rem Koolhaas, and built between 1993 and 1995, the main part of the Euralille

centre, the giant, multicoloured tulips by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are a

district is centred around the Lille Europe TGV High Speed Train station (by

lasting reminder of lille2004 European Capital of Culture. Since 2000, the

architect Jean-Marie Duthilleul). The futuristic lines of this “new part of town”

Euralille district has extended south with the creation of two new sectors:

have become a symbol of the city’s transformation from an industrial capital to

the Chaude Rivière and Euralille 2. At the end of 2009, the Chaude Rivière

a metropolitan area based on the service sector. Transparency is the motto for

sector saw the completion of the Onyx building designed by Dominique Perrault

the various buildings that make up the district. Glass, combined with other raw

(creator of the François Mitterrand French National Library in Paris) and of the

materials, particularly concrete and steel, prevails. The main buildings were

Barrière hotel and casino complex created by Jean-Paul Viguier. The Euralille 2

designed by the most prestigious names in contemporary architecture:

sector extends over 22 hectares and brings together public facilities, green

Christian de Portzamparc for the Lille Tower, Claude Vasconi for the

spaces, offices and accommodation. It is dominated by the huge headquarters

Lilleurope Tower and Jean Nouvel for the Euralille shopping centre.


Rem Koolhaas also designed the Lille Grand Palais. The Le Corbusier viaduct

Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Gilles Neveux and Luc Delemazure (who designed sets

(by architect François Deslaugiers) offers an overlook of the Parc Matisse. This

for shows by Johnny Halliday) and opened in 2007. Its “Signal” tower, a sort of

8-hectare garden, created by landscape designer Gilles Clément, leads to the

21st century belfry, is 67 metres high. Most of the accommodation has been

Porte de Roubaix (1620). In its centre, an inaccessible 2, 500m2 island set on a

built in an inhabited wood, specially created to accommodate buildings of a

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Using its expertise in sports equipment and the support it gives to clubs and events, Lille MĂŠtropole intends to develop sport for all, at all levels and under the best conditions. This project also allows the territory to shine well beyond its borders. Sport is a powerful vector of communication. Lille MĂŠtropole supports many sporting events that take place around its territory: Meeting of athletics, Paris-Roubaix, cylo-cross international, semi-marathons, international tennis, major prizes in all genres, motor rallies, fencing.


The Grand Stadium

With an eye to being an influential tool in the Lille region, the Grand Stadium will be one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe. Intended to welcome the LOSC football team for its home games, it will also host various sporting (athletics, rugby, tennis...) and cultural (concerts, shows...) events. Started several months ago, the site is to be completed by the summer of 2012.

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Visit the Bois de Boulogne, a 60 hectare park close to Vieux-Lille and the largest green space in the city. It is enclosed by the fortified walls of La Citadelle Vauban and runs along the De没le canal. This park, a favourite for joggers, also includes a free 3.5 hectare zoo which is home to about 300 animals of 70 different species, including its famous white rhinoceros. A few meters from the zoo you can visit the Vauban garden, a classified historical monument. This English-style landscape garden is covered by winding walkways decorated with an array of flowers and shrubs. An artificial cave, ponds and monuments in honour of personalities from Lille enhance the Parkway (including Charles de Gaulle who was born in Lille).


The parks and gardens

You can also stroll though beautiful gardens and parks outside of Lille. The Barbieux Park in Roubaix comprises 34 hectares which hold about 60 different plant species. The 33 hectare MOSAIC Garden, located in the heart of the Park of the De没le, hosts 9 contemporary gardens and a blend of rare botanical areas, works of art and domestic animals. 25

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Flanders is situated inland to the north west of Lille. It is a land of hills

From Mont Noir you can join Mont Rouge in Belgium by use of a 6 km

and mounts, woods and green fields. You will discover the Monts des

chairlift that offers you a unique view of the whole valley. Finally, Mont

Flandres (Flanders of hills), an ideal network of soft pathways that offer

des Cats, is home to a Cistercian Abbey where silence reigns and nature

excursions with panoramic views of the sea and Belgian Flanders. Also

offers tranquility. This hilly region is an ideal area near Lille to take-in air

along your journey you will catch sight of the many Belfries that dot the

and is also an important tourist path with remnants of the 1st World War.

landscape. Mont Cassel is the highest point in the North region, reaching an altitude of 176 metres. Mont Noir (Black Hill) is a wooded area that was a favourite of Marguerite Yourcenar, writer of the Memoirs of Hadrian and Oriental Tales, and the first woman to join the AcadÊmie Française.


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Welcome to the C么te d'Opale an hour from Lille. 140km of beaches of fine sand, the colour of opal, which bathe in the North Sea and the English channel and are the largest and most beautiful beaches of Europe. You can practice land yachting, kite surfing or do other water sports. On fine days, kites decorate the sky of the Northern beaches adding a touch of colour to your visit. Let yourself be seduced by stays Blanc Nez and Gris Nez Capes. Only 30km from the white cliffs of Cap Blanc Nez, the English coast is visible to the naked eye in clear weather. It was,here in the cliffs of the North, that Louis Bl茅riot created the sand yacht before he crossed the channel, created. Other riches of the coastal area are its immense white sand dunes where you can, for example, enjoy horse riding.




National Nausica Centre at Boulogne sur mer. Immerse yourself in the largest European complex dedicated to the knowledge of the marine universe by visiting aquariums and exhibition venues devoted to the sea and biodiversity.

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Located only 80 km from Lille, Bruges in Belgium, is one of the most interesting and surprising European cities. It is nicknamed the Venice of the North because of its numerous canals flowing through the city. The narrow streets of the medieval town have helped preserve an old charm. There are numerous museums to visit along the winding streets. Not surprisingly, the historic centre of Bruges is on the list of UNESCOs World Heritage sites since the year 2000. To maintain the authentic character of town, Bruges does not possess over ground electrical wires. It’s a must-visit!

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To discover The Grand Place of Arras The Centre Minier de Lewarde Musée Matisse in Cateau Cambrésis The walled city of Boulogne-sur-mer The SPA of Saint Amand les Eaux The carnival of Dunkirk town The Sortie des Géants in Cassel and much much more…

Grand Place, Arras

Bruges’s canals


Lillehotels Wether you're looking for a four star luxury hotel or just a typical hotel room, there is a huge and varied choice of hotels in the Lille Metropolitan area. The choice is also extremely practical; within a 20 minute walk of the Lille Grand Palais, there are over 3, 000 hotel rooms.


The hotel industry in figures

• 3, 000 rooms in the town centre including 1, 475 rooms 10 minute walk from Lille Grand Palais • 7, 000 rooms within 30 min from Lille Grand Palais • 4, 000 rooms around Lille including 2,234 rooms 15 min by car from Lille Grand Palais

Casino Barrière

Hôtel Crowne Plazza


Hôtel Ermitage Gantois


- Around Lille, less than 30 min by car : 4-star hotels : 2 3-star hotels : 11 2-star hotels : 32 1-star hotels or less, or nos classified : 20

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Hôtel Casino Barrière 5* Hermitage Gantois 4* Luxe Carlton 4* Crowne Plaza 4* Alliance du couvent des minimes 4* Hôtel UP 4* Mercure Lille Centre Opéra 3* Art Déco Romarin Best Western 3* Citalines Lille Centre 3* Express by Holiday Inn 3* Grand Hôtel Bellevue 3* Hôtel de la Treille 3* Hôtel des Tours 3 Novotel Lille Centre Gares 3* Novotel Lille Centre Grand Place 3* Suite Hôtel Lille Europe 3* All Seasons Lille Centre Gares Best Hôtel 2* Citea Lille 2* Comfort Alizé Opéra 2* Hôtel Agora 2* Brueghel 2* Hôtel Chagnot Balladins 2* Continental 2* Hôtel de Londres 2* Hôtel de la Paix 2* Flandre Angleterre 2* Le Floréal 2* Hôtel Kanaï 2* Hôtel Lille Europe 2* Moulin d’Or 2* Saint Maurice 2* Ibis Centre Gares 2* Ibis Lille Opéra 2* Kyriad Lille Centre Gares 2* Le Grand Hôtel 2* B&B Lille Euralille Grand Palais 1* Le Coq Hardi 1* Le Faidherbe 1* Mister Bed Lille Centre 1* Etap Hôtel 1*

- 4-star hotels available in Tournai an in Mouscron 30

Destination Lille Grand Palais


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Lille’s core : Lille Grand Palais is located in the centre of the town, at 5 minutes walk from the TGV/Eurostar train stations and only 10 minutes from the Grand Place.

Access : 10 km/6.2 miles from Lille-Lesquin airport. 5 minutes walking from the Lille Europe-Lille Flandres Train Station.


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The audacity of architect Rem Koolhaas gave birth to an exceptional venue that houses three inter-communicating areas under the same roof: congress, exhibition

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Rem Koolhaas

and Zenith Arena.

Rem Koolhaas was born on 17th November, 1944 in

Unique in Europe, the 45, 000 m² surface area can be shaped, shifted and shared to

Rotterdam (Netherlands). He is a Dutch architect and

fit your projects! This audacious gamble allows your imagination to run wild.

urban planner. A former journalist, he studied architecture at the Architectural Association of London. He is known for his work, S, M, L, XL, in association with the graphic designer Bruce Mau. In 2000, he was awarded the Pritzker Prize. His agency OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) based in Rotterdam was founded in 1975 and is

Dreams can come true...

known for architectural projects, urban concepts and

Take over the venue for the duration of your event and transform it into whatever

analytical cultural research.

you desire. Whether it's just a simple meeting or an annual convention, a trade show, exhibition, congress or concert, Lille Grand Palais will twist and change on

In 1994, OMA contributed to the urban planning

your command! So, if you need the whole shebang or just a single room, Lille Grand

project Euralille (70 ha) creating a set of offices and

Palais provides a tailor-made solution, however big is your event.

social centres around Lille Europe train station. Architects such as Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc and Shinohara also participated in this project with the creation of individual buildings.


DestinationLilleGrandPalais E s s e n t i a l

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Lille Grand Palais has developed a wide range of important services to provide its

- Security: Lille Grand Palais meets the standards and requirements for security,

customers with a maximum of comfort and safety.

medical assistance and access for those with reduced mobility.

Wi-fi Internet access / 1, 200 underground parking spaces / disabled access /

- Comfort: the building, including the exhibition halls, is fully air-conditioned; a

delivery bay / ready-for-assembly exhibition halls / freight elevators / ‌

cloak room facility with the capacity for more than 5, 000 people; the main lobby has 3 entrances ensuring that the flow of people to different staircases and escalators is

Everything is set up to facilitate the smooth running of events:

fluid regardless of the number and scale of events; a 24 hour ATM is available in

- Wifi internet access

front of the welcome hall.

- Parking: underground parking with 1, 200 spaces and almost 7, 000 spaces nearby

- Delivery: a delivery zone within the grounds of the Grand Palais allows trucks to

for private vehicles; parking area for coaches and taxi rank near the entrance.

unload via 2 large goods lifts. The welcome hall is easily accessible from this delivery zone.


DestinationLilleGrandPalais C o n g r e s s A prestigious location for your professional event

- Auditoriums

With 3 auditoriums, 28 committee rooms and the Zenith Arena, Lille Grand Palais

Eurotop : 320 seats

can accommodate from 25 to 5 000 participants without the slightest hitch. Move in,

Pasteur : 500 seats

take over and create your own ambiance: the whole place adapts and is, to all

Vauban : 1, 500 seats

intents and purposes, yours. Lille Grand Palais provides you with a tailor-made

Zenith Arena : 4 500 seats

service and will help you with the smallest of details, from welcoming your guests to looking after their stay in Lille.

- Commission rooms Lille Grand Palais offers 28 committee rooms, from 28 to 280 people, spread out over 4 different levels. Also including a VIP lounge and a Press area. - Multifunctional spaces Espace Flandres : 1, 400 m2 Lille MĂŠtropole : 1, 900 m2 Registration space : 1, 000 m2


DestinationLilleGrandPalais E x h i b i t i o n s Lille Grand Palais has everything you need to satisfy your ambitions, for both the

- Exhibition halls

- Multifunctional spaces

organisation of Professional Trade Fairs and Shows. Make the most of our highly

Hall Paris : 6, 184 m²

Espace Flandres : 350 m2

modular venue that perfectly blends its congress halls and exhibition halls.

Hall Bruxelles : 6, 023 m²

Lille Métropole : 1, 900 m2

You'll find numerous rooms available for workshops or conferences at your disposal,

Hall Londres : 4, 740 m²

each one designed to manage the flow of visitors as efficiently as possible.

Hall Lille Métropole : 1, 900 m²

A manager will be nominated to handle every aspect of your project and any specific requirements you might have: exhibition halls, auditoriums, receptions, VIP areas, stands, catering, access for exhibitors, assembly and dismantling, organising security, etc.


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With 4, 500 seats (7, 000 capacity in the seated/standing configuration), the Zenith Arena is not only used for concerts or major shows, but also for sports events, congresses, galas and product launches.


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With experience of managing more than 300 projects every year, the one word that epitomises the Lille Grand Palais team is efficiency. Whatever the scale of your event, they will expertly take over the reins and make it a huge success. Up to 80 of our dedicated staff members will take your request, traditional or extravagant, adapt and organise themselves to assist you from A to Z, from the planning stage to the moment your final visitor leaves. Our philosophy: we work on and share our skills in order to offer you a tailor-made service that meets your event objectives.


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Lille Grand Palais has a restaurant

A restaurant facility is also available











providing catering direct from in

multifunction spaces. Lille Grand

house kitchens. The restaurant area

Palais can accommodate from 20 to

can accommodate up to 1, 100

5, 000 people for a seated meal.

people for a seated meal.


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As an environmentally conscious business environment, Lille Grand Palais has, since 2008, sustainable development at the heart of its concerns. Its major challenge is to develop its activity while minimising the impact thereof on the environment. The actions put in place to limit environmental impact are based on three approaches; the destination, the building and the event. To develop this approach, Lille Grand Palais has created 3 labels of self-declaration: Low Carbon growth, Carbon Care and Low Carbon Event.


Lille Grand Palais goes further by offering its clients to host their events in the form of a LOW CARBON EVENT Accompanying this label are specific requirements that ensure that your event will have minimum impact on the environment. Lille Grand Palais offers you the possibility to also calculate the environmental impact of your particular event. Once the criteria set out in the specifications are met, you are permitted to add the logo of this label on all your communication media. This label shows your concern for the protection of the environment. You therefore demonstrate social awareness

By choosing Lille for your event, you choose a LOW CARBON VENUE

and eco-responsibility by participating in a global effort. It is a responsible, rewarding and recoverable approach in terms of communication

Because of its ideal geographical location at the centre of a network of some of the most active European cities (London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Koln), its two train stations located in the city centre and the proximity of the ISO 14001 certified Lesquin international airport only 15 km away, Lille offers serious advantages.

Lille Grand Palais, certified ISO 14001!

Thus to organise your event in Lille will limit the carbon emissions related to

Thanks to its system of quality (ISO 9001) Lille

transportation, given that everything can be reached by public transport or on foot.

Grand Palais has today acquired international recognition for its environmental approach

By choosing Lille Grand Palais, you choose a CARBON CARE DESTINATION

in obtaining an ISO 14001 certification dated

This location has systems at its disposal for the management of energy (low power

the Zenith Arena; the first certified Zenith in France.

24/09/2010, a quality method also used by

lighting, controlled heating and air conditioning, signs with Leds, solar panels (for hot water in sanitary facilities) and water (automatic taps). Waste is sorted and maintenance products are, in 90% of cases, green. The teams are committed and motivated.


Crédits photos : Maxime Dufour photographies, Laurent Ghesquières, Philippe Macquet, Jerôme Berguez, Anne-sophie Flamant, Frédéric Lovino


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