The 20th Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Pattern Matching will be held in Lille in northern France, located within the triangle Paris-Brussels-London.

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About Lille

Lille is France’s fourth largest metropolitan area. It is an artistic and historic city. In 2004, Lille was designated a European Culture Capital. Since then, it has become an important tourist destination, recognised for its welcoming living environment, well-preserved flemish heritage and active cultural life.

You can enjoy a virtual visit to the city on Lille Tourist Office website.

Things to do

If you arrive to Lille the day before CPM'09, you can participate in the Fete de la Musique. This Music Day takes place every June 21, the day of the summer solstice. It is open to any participant who wants to perform in it, with all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. All the concerts are free to the public.

On sunday morning, you can visit the Wazemmes market (Gambetta metro station). This market is one of the most popular meeting places for the residents of Lille during the weekend. You can find local food (cheese, beer,…) as well as all the most unusual or exotic products necessary to cook every type of dish in the world.

From March 14 to July 12, Lille will host the major art exhibition Europe XXL, East is the new west is the new east… More information on the Lille 3000 website.

You can also take advantage of your stay in Lille to visit the Palais des Beaux-Arts (Republique Beaux-Arts metro station). It is one of the premier fine arts museums in France. It houses collections of European paintings, a Prints and Drawings Room, a collection of Antiquities, a mediaeval and Renaissance collection, 17th- and 18th-century ceramics, 19th-century French sculptures and 18th-century scale models. More information on the museum website.

download a map of the town centre


The climate is temperate. In June, the weather is nice with some rainy days. Temperatures usually range between 15°C and 25°C (59-77°F).

Arriving to Lille by plane

The Lille-Lesquin International Airport is located 10 km from Lille city centre. It serves more than 60 national and international destinations. Shuttle service from the airport to the city centre is available. Length of ride: 20 minutes, departures every hour.

Lille is also less than an hour away by train from two international airports: Paris Charles de Gaulle (51 minutes), and Brussels Zaventem (38 minutes).

Arriving to Lille by train

Lille is a crossroad of TGV (high-speed trains) lines connecting Paris, Brussels and London. It benefits from an excellent train service:

From London: 80 minutes
From Paris: 1 hour, 26 TGVs (high-speed trains) a day
From Charles de Gaulle airport: 50 minutes, about 15 trains a day
From Brussels: 38 minutes, 14 TGVs and Eurostar trains a day

You can book your train ticket on the Internet on the TGV website or SNCF (French railway company) website.

Public transportation

Lille has a comprehensive public transportation network: 2 automatic metro lines (world's first driverless subway, dating back to 1983), 2 tram lines, and about 60 bus lines.

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