All Lyon Light Festival Forum activities will take place in the Village Lumière at Palais de la Bourse/CCI – Place de la Bourse, Lyon 1er 

Thursday 6 December

LUCI members & guests only

17:30 Welcome cocktail

19:00 Visit of the Fête des Lumières


Friday 7 December

Open to the public, registration required

Essence of Light: New forms of creative lighting for cities

As more and more cities seek to be recognized as “Creative Cities” or “Design Cities”, artistic lighting and light festivals are a way to reveal their creative potential all the while engaging with their citizens. The Lyon Light Festival Forum 2018 will be the opportunity to continue questioning the use of permanent and temporary light in cities, focusing on strategies melding these two types of light to uncover new forms of creative lighting that are emerging throughout the world.

8:30    Registration and welcome coffee
Village Lumière – Palais de la Bourse/CCI

9:00    Welcome Remarks

9:30    Session 1: Lights up! Using lights for creative cities  

The number of both permanent and temporary creative lighting projects has increased in recent years as cities search for ways to stand out in a strong competitive global context. In addition to using light as a tool to attract tourists or brand a city, how can a city’s lighting strategy contribute to its overall creativity? How can creative lighting projects help drive citizen engagement? City representatives and festival organisers will discuss the various ways they have implemented such strategies and share insights about the opportunities and challenges that arise.

This session will be filmed with the support of Signify Lighting Academy (Pioneers of Light)


  • Piia Rantala-Korhonen, Director and Deputy Mayor, International Affairs, City of Oulu (Finland) 
  • Maria Güell, Artistic Director, LLUM BCN (Spain) 
  • Ann Wishart, Arts Development Manager, Leeds City Council; Chair (UK), Light Up the North (LUTN)  

11:00   Break 

11:30   Session 2:  Bright ideas: new forms of creative lighting

Building upon the first session’s conversations around cities’ creative lighting strategies, this session will showcase concrete examples of new forms of creative lighting projects and events emerging throughout the world. How do these new forms of lighting respond to cities’ and citizens’ needs? Light artists, designers and festival organisers will discuss innovations in this realm, from media façades and projections to light sculptures and installations.

This session will be filmed with the support of Signify Lighting Academy (Pioneers of Light)


  • Thorsten Bauer, Creative Director, Urbanscreen (Germany) 
  • Titia Ex, Artist (The Netherlands) 
  • Howard GriffinSenior Lecturer and Programme Director, MA Architectural Visualisation, University of Kent (UK)
  • Michel Lemieux, Artistic Director, Cité Mémoire & Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, Montréal (Canada) 


13:00   Lunch

14:30   Inspire & Exchange: speed presentations of creative lighting projects from around the world 

This brand-new session of “Pecha Kucha”- style speed presentations will be an opportunity for peer-to-peer sharing and exchange in the field of creative lighting. Hear from light festival organisers, artists, and designers about creative light projects and innovations in the field.

Check out the Pecha Kucha presentations here.

19:00   Casual cocktail reception

20:00   Fête des Lumières

Saturday 8 December

LUCI members & guests only

10:30 Registration and Coffee 
Village Lumière – Palais de la Bourse/CCI

11:00  Meeting with the organisers of the Fête des Lumières

The organising team of the Fête des Lumières of the City of Lyon will share its experience with participants and give them a behind-the-scenes look at the event. This presentation will be followed by an informal open discussion.

  • Jean-François ZurawikDirector of the Fête des Lumières
  • Christophe DoucetTechnical Director, Fête des Lumières
  • Gilles FlouretManager of Major Projects, Fête des Lumières
  • Romain TamayoManager of Emergence Programme, Fête des Lumières  
Photo credits: © Fête des Lumières 2016. Kiok Night Fever, Cyril Minois. © Fête des Lumières 2016. Platonium, Eric Michel, Akari-Lisa Ishii. © Fête des Lumières 2016. Evolutions. Yann Nguema, Ez3kiel. © Fête des Lumières 2017. Promenons-nous, TILT.