Lille (lēl), city (2015 pop. 238,000), is a regional hotspot and city of art, a cultural destination with lots to offer.
Art lovers stroll the Lille Fine Arts Museum, the 2nd largest museum in France after the Louvre ( with a collection including: Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix), the old Hospice Comtesse Museum ( with regional art and artifacts dating back to the 13th century), the Modern Art Museum (exhibiting a rich collection of 20th century art including Picasso, Van Dongen, Miro,and Modigliani), the 5th-best French fine arts museum called "La piscine" because of the unique location in an Art Deco swimming pool, and many others.
Further afield, one can find world known museums such as the Matisse museum in the painter's hometown of Le Cateau-Cambresis, and the Louvre-Lens Museum, which opened in 2013 to supplement the Louvre in Paris.
Lille also boasts a significant number of theaters, music halls, movie theaters, an opera house and a national orchestra.
The metropolis is home of a large number of often free and publics events, including a choir festival, a famous accordion festival, the Lille Piano(s) Festival , the International Independent Movie Week, France's 1st Eco-Movie-Festival, a contemporary dance festival, yearly events like Fête de la Musique with concerts all over town in summer, and many others.
Lille is a very good place for shopping with several malls, a large pedestrian shopping area and wonderful boutiques i "Vieux-Lille".