The history of The Allumeurs de rêves

2017 - Innovation - Puy of Lights Project / Theater

2014 - Lyon Lights Festival Trophy / Partners

2013 - Lyon Lights Festival Trophy / Partners

1983 - Populart in Tepito in the heart of Mexico


SWIng. Le Lab


Les Allumeurs de Rêves


Draw me Lights


Populart CitéCréation

2017, the start of an innovation platform called SWING LE LAB (SMART Wall Engineering), supported by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, Lyon metropole, the city of Oullins and a multitude of private enterprises. The objective was to open and to energize a pole research, of demonstration and development of new construction materials, software, video projectors, light transmitters, solar batteries, energy storage, audio materials, image creators and new technologies… These innovations are destined to build, to put into light, to dress, to beautify, to live differently, more intensely all types of vertical spaces, interior and exterior.

2014, strongly encouraged by the City Council, the team and persons responsible for the Lyon Lights Festival, Gilbert Couture, retired from the CitéCréation, starts on the most renowned spectacle of this festival, the one on Place des Terreaux. He gathers around him a troop of creators : The experienced producer Laurent Lhuillery, the talented visual designers from the studio BK France, around Etienne Guiol, all graduated from the prestigious Emile Cohl School. For technical mapping, Théoriz. On the music side, Erwann Chandon and Flavien Taulelle. For his part, he writes the scenario, creates and takes charge of the artistic direction of the spectacle, called « Lyon, Terre aux Lumières », which receives a phenomenal success with more than 900 000 enthusiastic spectators, during 5 evenings ! During all these nights of showing, he receives a multitude of demands for the creation of light shows, in France and abroad, bringing his new adventure into a fulgurant, unexpected, pleasant development. In order to satisfy all these various orders, Gilbert Coudène creates a new company « LES ALLUMEURS DE RÊVES ».

2013, during the festivities of December 8th, just for fun, Gilbert Coudène, proposes to the city of Lyon to create a light show on the famous « Fresque des Lyonnais ». This mural artwork had been realized in 1995, by the Cité de la Création, and he had been the project manager. With Laurent Lhuillery, Etienne Guiol and young designers, they chose to place in the center of this light show, animated drawings and colors paced on the Fresco. This new artistic look obtains a great success from the public and professionals and the super trophy of lights / Partners rewards this spectacle « DESSINE-MOI DES LUMIÈRES ».

1978, slamming the doors of Beaux Arts de Lyon, Gilbert Coudène and some 3rd year students co-found the studio POPULART which will becomes the cooperative Cité de la Création, then CITÉCRÉATION. After spending many months in the popular neighborhood of Tepito, in the heart of Mexico and thirty or so frescos produced with the group Arte Aça, back to France, this Lyonnais studio specialists in Urban mural paintings, reflecting their creed « Wall is the skin of its citizens ». 33 years later, after 650 painted murals realized all over the world, comes the time for the passage of knowledge: In October 2011, Gilbert Coudène brings together CitéCréation and the famous Emile Cohl school of Design to cofound EcohlCité, the first higher education establishment in mural ART. He becomes co-director with his long time friend of 35 years, Philippe Rivière, the founder and director of the prestigious Emile Cohl School.

Les Allumeurs de Rêves, creators of lights spectacles

Reveal memories, draw, conceive, paint in lights, enliven, give pleasure, innovate, transmit, love… These verbs constitute the foundation of the adventure of the Allumeurs de Rêves.

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Light up thousands of stars into the amazed looks of the spectators… Charm all publics, of all generations…To shine with astonishments, emotions, pleasures, dreams, send out a Wow!… To bind intimately marvelous ideas of « Popular Spectacles » and of « High Qualities »… To Love!


To create specific shows, making sens, adapted to a place, to its architecture, to a piece of heritage, past, contemporary, futuristic… to the characteristics of a population, a neighborhood, a town, a region, a country, a continent, using artworks with unique identities…


Our innovation platform, Swing.LeLab, is set up with the latest materials and logistics, high technologies in video-projections, in transmitters of luminous flows and futuristic sounds, in energy saving, in creations of new images, in new materials of construction of high environmental qualities.


In towns, in countries where we are invited to create lights spectacles, temporary or permanent, we intervene graciously, in school establishments who ask for it, in the name of our schools Emile Cohl and EcohlCité, to raise awareness, inform, show, explain, exchange with the students about these jobs of tomorrow…

The team surrounding Les Allumeurs de Rêves

The founder, Gilbert Coudène

Scenarist, creator and artistic director

Founder of Les Allumeurs de Rêves, Gilbert Coudène launches projects with a team of brillant, sharp and ingenious professionals, independent, engaged at his sides in the creations :

A producer from Chartres, the enchanter Laurent Lhuillery of light Event Consulting and a production manager Franck Morin…An assistant Project Manager Nadine Alcaraz… The excellent visual creators Etienne Guiol and Arnaud Pottier, of BK France, with Angélique, Patrick, Damien, Oscar, Yanjun Xu, Nicolas, Jean François… The bubbly musical arrangers and sounds designers Flavien Taulelle, Fred Ozanne, Paul Lecomte… The photographers and videographers Nad, Malo, David Monzon, Michel Djaoui, Pierre Rapey…Just like the troops of Argentinian Tango dancers with Diego and Magali Riemer, classical with Ivanka Moizan and Joris Zegarac, or Hip Hop with the Company Pokémon crew… Musicians of the National Orchestra of Lyon and the Opera of Lyon…

« Draw me some Lights »

Laurent Lhuillery


Nad Alcaraz

Assistant Project Manager/Photographer

Etienne Guiol

Visual Creator BK

Arnaud Pottier

Visual Creator BK

Angélique Paultes

Designer, Motion designer

Patrick Garbit

Graphic designer

Oscar Aubry

Designer, Motion designer

Yanju Xu


Damien Schahmaneche

Scenographer, 3D modeling

Thimotée Mironneau

Designer, motion designer

Malo Lacroix

Videographer, Photographer

Fred Ozanne

Music creator, sound designer

Flavien Taulelle

Music creator, sound designer

Paul Lecomte

Music creator, sound designer

Pierre-Alain, Edouard, Nicolas / Opéra et ONL


Diego et Magalie Riemer

Argentinian Tango dancers

Ivanka Moizan and Joris Zegarac

Dancers / Opera

Medhi, Gaël, Saïd, Cie Pokemon Crew

Hip Hop dancers

The making off

Capture of an Argentinian tango from Diego, Magalie Riemer, for the drawings of « Lyon Terre des Lumières »
Production of a picture drawing + painting + infographics, for the stage set of « Lyon, Terre des Lumières »
Shooting ,at the st Pierre Museum, of the painting « the dancers » by Degas for « Lyon Terre des Lumières »
Villa Medecis in Rome, Lights spectacles with live orchestra…
Sharja Light Festival 2016, Shooting in the desert in preparation for the drawings…
Abbey Paul Bocuse, presentation to the partners of the spectacles « Thank You Mister Paul »
End of the filming of the Puy-en-Velay by hot air ballon. The entire crew folding!
Casablanca Hotel Show, watercolors for the search of buildings location in town by Etienne Guiol
Dancers Ivanka, Jorys and Pokemon Crew, choreography for the show « Lyon, Terre des Lumières »