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Lux Helsinki will celebrate round numbers in January 2018

30.3.2017

Lux Helsinki light festival will be arranged the 10th time next year. Five days long festival will start at Saturday 6th and end at Wednesday 10th of January 2018. The layout and the webpage of the festival will be updated to fit the new brand of the City of Helsinki during the autumn. The new website will be located in the old familiar place: luxhelsinki.fi/en. During the last festival 2017 we made a visitor survey and asked people about the website, how it looks and how it works? We take this valuable feedback into account when designing the new website. Thank you!

Waiting for the next January, 

The producer of Lux Helsinki Emma Lumme

Photo Kirsi Tuura, Visit Helsinki

Lux Helsinki transforms Helsinki into a winter wonderland

11.1.2017

The 9th annual Lux Helsinki light festival succeeded once again in creating a unique atmosphere in the centre of Helsinki from 5 to 9 January 2017. A record number of people came out to admire the light art along the main route between the Market Square and the Kruununhaka district. In total the festival attracted over half a million visits. Lux Helsinki is a free-of-charge event organised by the City of Helsinki. Watch a video of Lux Helsinki:

Light, media and visual artists from Finland, the Netherlands and Mexico created a total of 15 light installations for Lux Helsinki 2017. The Lux In light art exhibition extended this year’s festival to ten days, filling the Kaapelitehdas cultural centre with both light aesthetics and video art.

Among the main goals for this year’s light festival were to further improve the visitor experience while maintaining the artistic and production quality achieved in previous years.

“Lux Helsinki stands out favourably from other public events due to the broad spectrum of visitors that it appeals to – from grandchildren to grandparents and toddlers to teenagers. Lux Helsinki is first and foremost an outdoor social event that allows everyone together to discover and rediscover our lovely capital as illuminated by light art. The festival attracts people to flock to the city centre together with family and friends, creating many positive memories of time spent together,” says Ilkka Paloniemi, curator of the Lux Helsinki festival programme.

Lux Helsinki has inspired also other actors in the city to play with light and introduce light art to some really surprising places during the festival. For example, the colourful blue electricity pylons known locally as Antti’s Footsteps were illuminated throughout the festival. In addition, the north façade of the Tennispalatsi cultural centre featured a temporary installation by Charles Sandison entitled Language is Dead, which was presented as part of the opening of the Helsinki Art Museum’s Finland 100 season. The Old Market Hall, in turn, hosted a fire show to celebrate both the light and darkness.

“We very much encourage other actors to get into the Lux Helsinki spirit too in the future,” Paloniemi continues.

 

Photos: Flowers of Life; Kalle Mustonen – TELLMEHOWDOIFEEL (c) Johanna Kinnari / Rölli Ridanpää & Tero Laine – Light Pipes (c) Kirsi Tuura

 

The festival programme is expanding with many related events. The Lux Eat food happening proved to be a successful addition to the festival’s offerings. Organised in partnership with City magazine, Lux Eat featured 25 restaurants and food trucks that served hungry festival-goers along the official Lux Helsinki route. City and Lux Helsinki will continue to cooperate over the coming years.

“It was great to get so many diverse and interesting restaurants to take part at such short notice. Many restaurants participated in the event either by offering special menus or by featuring their own light art. It’s nice that so many people used these restaurant services and clearly appreciated the event. It will be very exciting to see what we can come up with for next year,” says Panu Jansson, Editor-in-Chief of City magazine.

Lux Helsinki is part of the City of Helsinki’s official Finland 100 centenary programme and was planned according to the theme of the centenary year together with partners. The main partner for Lux Helsinki 2017 was Stora Enso, which celebrated the centenary of Finnish independence with a specially commissioned light installation entitled Cube that was projected onto the façade of the iconic Stora Enso head office by the Market Square. Created by the production team Shader Oy, the Cube animation was one of the most photographed installations of the festival.

Cube really fulfilled our expectations. It was lovely to see how the installation delighted visitors, as well as our own employees and stakeholders. This was a great start to the centenary year,” says Seppo Parvi, Stora Enso’s CFO and Country Manager for Finland.

 

Photos: Shader: Cube; Outi Pieski: Gorži; Petri Tuhkanen: Joukkovoima (c) Johanna Kinnari

 

The next Lux Helsinki festival will take place in January 2018.


Map and information points

6.1.2017

Helsinki Tourist Information and Virka Info will serve as an information points. Printed maps are available. 

Helsinki Tourist Information
Pohjoisesplanadi 19

Opening times during the festival:
Thu 9 am to 10 pm
Fri–Sun 10 am to 10 pm
Mon 9 am to 10 pm

Virka Info
Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13 / Sofiankatu 1

Opening times during the festival: 
Thu 5.1. 9am-10pm
Fri-Sun 6.-8.1. 5pm-10pm
Mon 9.1. 9am–10pm

Map

Download or print a map out for yourself (pdf)
– In English
– In Finnish
– In Swedish
– In Russian

 


Lux Helsinki presents an attractive side programme

16.12.2016

The official programme for the 9th annual Lux Helsinki light festival features a major exhibition of light art and numerous other related events. These include screenings of experimental short films by Eino Ruutsalo, a kinetic light installation, and fun for families at Helsinki City Museum. Adult festival-goers can attend the first ever Bring Your Own Beamer club to be organised in Finland, as well as the Capital Glow Party. In addition, the Lux Eat food happening invites festival-goers to eat together at participating restaurants in the city centre.

“Lux In” light exhibition to feature a diverse range of light aesthetics and video art

The “Lux In” light art exhibition will be held for the second time at Kaapelitehdas, presenting thought provoking gallery art by established artists and students from the Lighting Design Master’s Programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Jari Haanperä, a pioneer of Finnish light art, will have no less than six installations in the exhibition. These include a new installation entitled Light Desk, which was designed especially for the Merikaapelihalli space at the Cable Factory, as well as five other installations from the artist’s impressive career as an innovator in Finnish light aesthetics.

“The exhibition at Kaapelitehdas will be very high quality and multifaceted. The light installations promise to transform the Merikaapelihalli hall into a visual labyrinth. I believe it will be the biggest exhibition of light and video art ever seen in Finland,” says Matti Jykylä, Artistic Director of Lux Helsinki.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is Blink, an installation by British kinetic sculptor Jim Bond that really catches the eye with force and confidence. Jim Bond has earned a reputation for his interactive sculptures in which parts of the human body are combined with motors, electronics, sensors and computers.

Lux In will also present installations designed by students from the “Light as Art” course of the Lighting Design Master’s Programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki, as well as the popular Lantern Park installation from previous Lux Helsinki festivals.

The complete exhibition programme will be published in December. Lux In will be open from 1 to 10 January between 3pm and 10pm in the Merikaapelihalli hall at Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory – Tallberginkatu 1). Free admission. Further information >

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Lux In art © Jari Haanperä

Clubs, pop-up cafés and family entertainment

Lux Helsinki will be the first to introduce the international Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) happening to Finland. BYOB is a one-night exhibition and club in which participants get to fill up an empty space with art using their projectors (beamers). Anything goes, as long as it is projected: from video art to VJ sets, slideshows to home videos. BYOB is all about media art based on light. The BYOB concept was created by digital artist Rafaël Rozendaal in 2010, and since then BYOB happenings have been held on just about every continent around the world. The first BYOB happening in Finland will take place on Wednesday 4 January at Kaapelitehdas starting from 8pm. Minimum age: 18. Free admission.

Helsinki City Museum will offer light performances and other fun experiences for families and kids throughout the Lux Helsinki festival, including invigorating light therapy to help cope with the darkest time of the year. At the same time the ever-changing light installation Light Drawing will be projected onto the wall in the courtyard, while Secret Messages can be read on a giant sheet of paper only when illuminated by UV lamps. Visitors can also admire the light installation Shadow by Jaakko Niemelä, which will project the shadows of visitors in the courtyard. The museum’s exhibitions can also be visited during the festival with extended opening hours; Helsinki City Museum will be open until 10pm throughout Lux Helsinki.

Six experimental short films by Eino Ruutsalo (1921-2001), one of the pioneers of Finnish video art, will be screened in the Banquet Hall at Helsinki City Hall on Thursday 5 January at 5pm. Ruutsalo was a filmmaker, painter, sculptor and visual poet. A kinetic light installation created by Eina Ruutsalo in 1971 will also be on display in main lobby of City Hall; “Light Wall” is made from metal, plexiglass and fluorescent bulbs and is part of Helsinki’s art collection that is maintained by the Helsinki Art Museum HAM. The installation can be admired inside City Hall throughout the festival.

Lux Helsinki will light up the city’s most impressive façades throughout the festival. The overall effect can be admired and photographed from a viewing platform in the Market Square. The glass-walled container will also house the light installation Fotoni by students from Aalto University and a café serving hot drinks. Senate Square in turn will have a winter café area, where visitors can admire the light installations projected onto Helsinki Cathedral.

Club Capital will hold Glow parties on Friday 6 January and Saturday 7 January, when party-goers can dance amid the fantastic lights. The decorations glowing in the UV lights have been designed by Flowers of Life, whose light installation can be seen in the courtyard of Topelia during Lux Helsinki. Minimum age: 18 on Friday night and 20 on Saturday night.

A lot of other light-related fun and entertainment can also be enjoyed throughout the city centre during the festival. The Lux Helsinki Facebook page will post recommendations throughout the festival.

Further information >

Lux Eat food happening invites festival-goers to eat together

The Lux Eat food happening will offer great food in the €10, €30 and €50 price range throughout the festival in cooperation with City. Participating restaurants along the Lux Helsinki route or in the near vicinity include Bryggeri Helsinki, Gastrobar Emo, Holiday, Lyon, Kuurna, Ristorante & Taverna Vaelsa and Roster Helsinki – just look for the Lux Eat logo. All Lux Eat restaurants, as well as their offerings and menus, will be published on Friday 16 December on the Lux Eat website: www.luxeat.fi

 


New route for Lux Helsinki circles around Helsinki Cathedral

16.11.2016

The 9th annual Lux Helsinki light festival organised by the City of Helsinki will take place from Thursday to Monday, 5 to 9 January 2017. The festival will be accompanied by the “Lux In” light art exhibition at Cable Factory from 1 to 10 January 2017.

Lux Helsinki will illuminate historical buildings and dark courtyards, leading festival-goers to the idyllic quarters of the Kruununhaka district. The new route starts from the Market Square and follows Mariankatu into Kruununhaka, the courtyard of the University of Helsinki’s Topelia building and the courtyard of the National Library before returning to the Market Square. The focal point of the festival will be Helsinki Cathedral, which will be illuminated on all four sides. Watch the video of the route here.

Lux Helsinki demonstrated its appeal at the start of this year, when a record number of people viewed the light installations despite the freezing conditions. Lux Helsinki is a free-of-charge event that is suitable for the whole family. The light installations can be seen daily between 5pm and 10pm.

Lux Helsinki demonstrated its appeal at the start of this year, when a record number of people viewed the light installations despite the freezing conditions. Lux Helsinki is a free-of-charge event that is suitable for the whole family. The light installations can be seen daily between 5pm and 10pm.

The new route for Lux Helsinki in 2017 leads visitors through the historical quarters of Helsinki, from the Market Square to the Kruununhaka district. The compact route makes it possible to enjoy restaurants, cafés and urban culture alongside the light installations. The complete festival programme and restaurant offerings will be published in December.

“The main Lux Helsinki route once again takes festival-goers to places they perhaps would not normally go to on a daily basis. The enormous success that the festival has enjoyed in recent years combined with a growing number of partners have made it possible for us to improve the already interesting content in a variety of ways. The positive benefits of light during the darkest time of the year are well known, and we want to offer this possibility by means of spectacular light art,” says Ilkka Paloniemi, Artistic Director of Lux Helsinki.

Lux Helsinki to light up the city’s most photographed silhouette  

Light, media and visual artists from Finland, the Netherlands and Mexico will bring to life a total of 15 installations along the main route of Lux Helsinki 2017. At the same time, the “Lux In” exhibition will present a wide spectrum of light art at Kaapelitehdas. Details about all the installations can be found on the festival website luxhelsinki.fi.

For the first time in the history of Lux Helsinki all four sides of Helsinki Cathedral will become part of one massive light installation: Domus 360° by Tarja Ervasti can be experienced from all four directions, both near and far. The brightly illuminated dome will be visible from far away, while up close the installation can be admired from Senate Square, Unioninkatu, Kirkkokatu and the upper level of the cathedral.

Lux Helsinki will light up the impressive buildings next to the Market Square throughout the festival. The façades of City Hall, the Swedish Embassy, the Supreme Court and the Presidential Palace facing the sea will all be illuminated, as will Helsinki Cathedral in the background. The overall effect can be admired from an observation platform in the Market Square.

The façade of the iconic Stora Enso head office facing the Market Square and Presidential Palace will serve as the canvas for an impressive light installation entitled Cube. The five-part animation creates an illusion in which analogue and digital, nature and technology, and old and new coexist side by side.

Veljekset (Brothers) pattern by designer Maija Louekari will feature in an installation projected onto the façade of the Bank of Finland along Kirkkokatu. The inspiration for the pattern came from the main characters of Finnish folk tales, so-called totem animals, that come to life in the animation.

The inner courtyard of the University of Helsinki’s Topelia building will present an installation by the Flowers of Life collective that exudes mysticism and the magical glow of light. Comprising patterns that seem to float in the air, the installation plays with light and forms.

The inner courtyard of the National Library of Finland will feature the poetic and moving installation Absence by Mexican artist Mónica Ruiz Loyola. The installation describes the exploitation of women in Mexico and the systematic violence inflicted on women in Ciudad Juárez. Sewing was chosen as the form language since many of the women murdered in Ciudad Juárez worked in inhumane conditions in sweatshops. The installation has previously been exhibited at light festivals in Spain, Belgium and Mexico.

Two interactive installations can be experienced in Senate Square, inviting festival-goers to observe and play with light together. Joukkovoima (People Power) by Petri Tuhkanen comes to life when you step on the scales. The greater the number of people on the scales, the more intense the colour of the light becomes. Light Pipes by Rölli Ridanpää and Tero Laine in turn depicts the urban landscape – the light and the interaction between people represent the city’s diverse opportunities. The interactive installation comprises copper pipes and valves that adjust the brightness of the lamps.

Other installations can be admired on Espa Stage, the House of Nobility and the bell tower and chapel of Helsinki Cathedral, as well as in the Tori Quarter. A complete list of the installations and their locations can be found here.

“Lux In” light art exhibition at Cable Factory

The “Lux In” light art exhibition will be held for the second time at Kaapelitehdas, presenting a wide spectrum of art by established artists and students from the Lighting Design master’s degree programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The exhibition will also feature lanterns from the traditional Lantern Park installation. The “Lux In” light art exhibition responds to feedback from festival-goers by extending the duration of the event to span ten days. The artists and installations will be announced in December. The exhibition will be open from Sunday to Tuesday, 1 to 10 January 2017, at Cable Factory (Merikaapelihalli). Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

 


Lux Helsinki reveals three art installations for the upcoming light festival

3.11.2016

The 9th annual Lux Helsinki light festival organised by the City of Helsinki will take place from 5 to 9 January 2017. The festival will be accompanied by the “Lux In” light art exhibition at Kaapelitehdas from 1 to 10 January.

Lux Helsinki is one of the City of Helsinki’s most impressive contributions to the Finland 100 centenary celebrations that begin at the start of the year. In keeping with the theme of the centenary year, “Together”, the light festival is being created together with partners.

The official partners for Lux Helsinki in 2017 include Stora Enso, Marimekko and Plan International Finland.

The organisers of Lux Helsinki have focused especially on the visitor experience. According to a survey carried out after the 2016 festival, the event has been an overwhelming success in this regard. Lux Helsinki 2016 attracted over half a million visitors, and 99% of those who responded to the survey rated the event as either very good or quite good.

This year Lux Helsinki is working even closer with its partners in terms of content. This means that partners and artists are engaging in dialogue in order to create even more impressive light installations and experiences for visitors. New partners are enabling the festival to continue to develop and offer an even more engaging programme for 2017.

– It’s been great to see how enthusiastic companies in all kinds of different lines of business are about Lux Helsinki. This immensely popular light festival offers partner companies the opportunity to present themselves through art, creating new kinds of content and visibility for both companies and the festival itself, says Leena Lassila, Partner Relationship Manager at Visit Helsinki.

Stora Enso’s Cube

Stora Enso is proud to be the main partner of Lux Helsinki 2017. During the festival Stora Enso will celebrate Finland’s centenary with a light installation entitled Cube, which will be projected onto the façade of Stora Enso’s iconic head office next to the Market Square. The installation is being realised by animation studio Shader Oy.

– The Lux Helsinki festival will highlight our head office in a completely new way. We hope that the modern art installation will communicate Stora Enso’s progress towards a renewable materials company, says Seppo Parvi, Country Manager Finland at Stora Enso.

– We are glad to be a part of Lux Helsinki, which is held right at the start of Finland’s centenary year. Stora Enso and the independent Republic of Finland share a close common history, and we want to contribute to developing Finland also over the next hundred years, Parvi adds.

Marimekko’s pattern Veljekset

Lux Helsinki 2017 will bring to life a new Marimekko pattern Veljekset (brothers) by Maija Louekari through light and animation. Veljekset is also Marimekko’s official pattern of Finland 100.

– We are really excited about the partnership between Maija Louekari and Lux Helsinki. It allows us to offer Helsinki residents and visitors a bright respite right at the start of the centenary year, says Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, Managing Director of Marimekko.

Meaningful deeds

Lux Helsinki and the children’s rights organisation Plan International Finland will present the poetic and moving installation Absence by Mexican artist Mónica Ruiz Loyola in the inner courtyard of the National Library. The installation describes the poor working conditions of women in mass production plants in Mexico.

– Guaranteeing education for girls would be one of the best ways to reduce poverty. An educated girl can earn a living independently and thus decide about her own life and look after her rights, says Kirsi Mettälä, Marketing and Fundraising Director at Plan International Finland.

Plan International Finland is organising in cooperation with Lux Helsinki a fundraising campaign related to the theme of the Absence installation. The campaign will encourage festival visitors to stand up for the rights of girls and support their education. The theme is relevant to Lux Helsinki, as the programme for 2017 features installations by several female artists.

Light inside and out

The light installations described above provide a clue as to the official Lux Helsinki route for 2017. The light festival will spread out across historic Helsinki from 5 to 9 January 2017. The festival will be accompanied by the “Lux In” light art exhibition at Kaapelitehdas from 1 to 10 January.

The official Lux Helsinki route and other installations will be published in November. Lux Helsinki is a free-of-charge event that is suitable for the whole family.

The Lux Helsinki light festival is organised by the City of Helsinki. The event is coordinated by Producer Emma Lumme and produced by Sun Effects Oy. Ilkka Paloniemi and Matti Jykylä are in charge of the artistic direction of the festival.

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