In 2004, Lille became the European Capital of Culture. An extraordinary event that profoundly changed the image of the City of Lille and the Eurodistrict. lille3000 has sustained and further developed this dynamic. After Lille Bombaysers  (2006), Europe XXL  (2009), Fantastic (2012) and Renaissance  (2015), lille3000 is presenting in 2019 its fifth thematic edition: Eldorado , Mexico is guest of honor, with its contemporary artists and the richness of its popular cultures. The art will be celebrated with exhibitions, shows, streets festivals, events and parties  from 27 April till 01 December 2019. In The Hague the French Ambassador in the Netherlands, mr. Philippe Laillot gave give the starting signal.

Featuring opening festivities, urban metamorphoses, major exhibitions at the Tripostal, the Gare Saint Sauveur and many partner cultural venues of Lille Métropole, shows, gardens, lights, design, debates and new events.

Spring/Summer Program

For this edition, lille3000 has opted for a spring/summer program making use of outdoor spaces and giving visitors the opportunity to explore the region during the sunny season.   In addition to exhibitions and shows, Eldorado, will continue to explore new worlds and will extend significantly throughout all of metropolitan Lille.

Eldorado seeks to be a movement that highlights the qualities upon which the wealth of our region is built: its inhabitants and their ability to invent new models for living together better, its companies who are innovating to create a new economy, and the close network of ties between artists, researchers and citizens.

Myths of Eldorado

Originally, Eldorado (from the Spanish el dorado: “the golden one”) referred to a chief of the Muisca tribe and was associated with a fabled region of South America that was believed to be very rich in gold and precious stones. This myth appeared in the region of Bogota in 1536. It was quickly spread by the Spanish conquistadors, who believed it on the basis of the tale of Francisco de Orellana’s explorations and within the framework of the older myth of the cities of gold, which was also widely circulated at the time.

For nearly four centuries, this mirage of a legendary land has fuelled treasure hunts and frantic expeditions.