Whether it be Flemish Renaissance paintings or contemporary art, opera or modern music, top-level or amateur sports, there is something for everyone in Dijon.
The Museum of Fine Arts, whose first stage of refurbishment was completed in 2013, is located in the sumptuous building of the Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne and exhibits the most beautiful collections of French art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Le Consortium, located in a Pritzker prizewinning building designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, is a centre for avant-garde contemporary art.
Each season, the Dijon Bourgogne Opera House offers a quality programme at both its venues: Grand Théatre and the Auditorium (whose acoustic quality is a reference in Europe).
Le Zenith has a capacity for 9000 people and is used for shows that attract large numbers.
La Vapeur, a venue for modern-day music, run by Yann Rivoal, former director of the Festival des Vieilles Charrues, makes it possible for the people of Dijon to see and hear new talent.
The Olympic swimming pool was opened in 2010 and its swimming and diving pools are used for leisure and top-level competitions, such as the French Swimming Championships in 25-metre pools, which took place in December 2013.
Basketball, handball, ice hockey, football… Enthusiasts who enjoy top-level sports can find a team they can support in the highest national divisions.
There are also numerous sports facilities in the town so that everyone can play at their own level and pace. According to the newspaper l’Equipe, Dijon is also one of the most sporting towns.
Recently included as one of the greenest towns in France by the national union of landscape enterprises, Dijon has many parks and gardens. Open-air enthusiasts can also make the effort to discover the many out-of-town hiking routes through the winegrowing district, the Val Suzon or the Valley of l’Ouche.