The city of Lille has a long and very lively history. Since time immemorial its residents have waged an indefatigable battle against natures inhospitality, and they made great efforts to transform an unprepossessing spot into an attractive urban landscape. Its urban landscape has been in a state of constant change owing to the vicissitudes of history, modernisation of the walls, industrialisation, successive waves of immigration, and life in a city that has done nothing but grow… From all of this, there has emerged a unique city with a population every bit as special whose feeling for hospitality and celebrations is in the blood.