With Royal de Luxe, Villeurbanne unleashes the dogs, a grand and free parade to experience in the street

Villeurbanne offers itself a world preview for its year as French capital of culture: Bull Machin, creation of the Royal de Luxe company, a race of giant dogs in the streets of the city. A grandiose, popular and free show that will last all weekend.

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Black faces, muscular bodies with extraordinary dimensions: this weekend, two giant dogs will look for each other, sniff each other, train with a challenge to race in the streets of Villeurbanne. So that the surprise is total for the spectators, nothing more is known about the gigantic and free show that the company Royal de Luxe is offering from September 23 to 25 as part of the Villeurbanne, French capital of culture program. A world premiere, all the more eagerly awaited as the Nantes-based company Royal de Luxe is one of the most famous in the world when it comes to street performances.




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Founded in 1979 in Aix en Provence, based in Nantes since 1989, Royal de Luxe specializes in impressive shows, always outdoors and always free for the public. A company of inventors, stuntmen, scrap metal workers and poets all at the same time whose imaginary universes are populated by fully articulated giants. The shows of Royal de Luxe have toured the world and for Villeurbanne, the company’s creator, Jean-Luc Courcoult, imagined two giant dogs in an urban setting full of poetry and emotion.

Entitled “the Bull Machin of Villeurbanne, the grand prix of dog racing”, thehe show will take over the center of Villeurbanne from Friday morning, culminating in the big final race on Sunday, to be followed like a car race! The sizes of the two mastiffs, baptized El Xolo and Bull Machin, are impressive: several meters in height and a weight of 300 kg for one, 800 kg for the other… With a hefty budget too, since the Villeurbanne has invested 2 million euros in this exceptional show.

In total, three days of show that will shake up the daily life of the city. A specific traffic plan has been put in place. Traffic and parking will be prohibited on many axes (see map here).

friday september 23

from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Xolo:
Departure at 10 a.m. in front of the town hall (Henri-Barbusse side) – Arrival at 12:30 p.m. on Place Chanoine-Boursier
Departure at 2:45 p.m. from Place Chanoine-Boursier – Arrival at 4:30 p.m. in front of the town hall (Henri-Barbusse side)

BULL MACHINE:
Departure at 11 a.m. from Place Charpennes – Arrival at 12:30 p.m. in front of the town hall (Henri-Barbusse side)
Departure at 3:30 p.m. in front of the town hall (Henri-Barbusse side) – Arrival at 5:30 p.m. on Place Wilson

from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Xolo:
Departure at 10:30 a.m. in front of the town hall (Henri-Barbusse side) – Arrival at 12:30 p.m. in front of the town hall (Henri-Barbusse side)
Departure at 3:30 p.m. in front of the town hall (Henri-Barbusse side) – Arrival at 5:30 p.m. at the Sky Gratte outdoor laboratory

BULL MACHINE:
Departure at 10 a.m. from Place Wilson – Arrival at 1 p.m. from Place Wilson
Departure at 3:30 p.m. from Place Wilson – Arrival at 5:30 p.m. at the Laboratoire des Gratte-Ciel

from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (fixed circuit)

XOLO and BULL MACHIN:
Departure at 11 a.m. from the Skyscraper Outdoor Laboratory – Arrival at 1 p.m. in front of the respite statue (avenue Henri-Barbusse)
Start of the big final race at 3 p.m. in front of the respite statue (avenue Henri-Barbusse)

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