Wednesday, 31 October – Pre-conference Meetings

10:00    LUCI Executive Committee (for EC members only)
Hotel Sofitel Rabat

Working Group on Social Cohesion Pillar [for LUCI Member Cities only]
Hotel Sofitel Rabat
The Social Cohesion Pillar in LUCI aims to explore how light can support community engagement, urban regeneration and placemaking processes.

16:00    Working Group on Art & Culture Pillar [for LUCI Members only] Hotel Sofitel Rabat
The main goal of LUCI’s Art & Culture Pillar is to open the field of creative lighting to new artistic forms in both permanent and festival lighting.

18:30 Bus departure from Hotel Farah


Wednesday, 31 October

19:00    Welcome cocktail
Rabat City Council

    Night tour of Rabat’s public lighting

Discover the Capital City of Morocco by night. Join us for this guided tour of the city’s iconic monuments led by the Public Lighting Team and learn about recent lighting projects.

Thursday, 1 November

8:30    Registrations
Hotel Sofitel Rabat – Room La Royale

9:00    Opening of the LUCI Annual General Meeting 2018
Hotel Sofitel Rabat – Room La Royale

Recitation of verses from the Quran
Moroccan National Anthem
Presentation of welcome video

Welcoming remarks:

  • Mohamed Sadiki, President of the City Council of Rabat
  • Mary-Ann Schreurs, President of LUCI, City Councillor of Eindhoven
  • Souad Zaidi, Vice-Mayor of the City of Rabat and Member of Parliament

  Conference Session: “Rabat City of Light, Cultural Capital of Morocco”
The ambitious development programme “City of Light, Cultural Capital of Morocco”, initiated in 2014 by HM King Mohamed VI, is driving Rabat forward as a world-class metropolis. Declared a green city in 2010 and labelled a UNESCO world heritage site in 2012, Rabat has undergone a major evolution in recent years. We will hear from city experts and main programme stakeholders about the context and development of Rabat as a shining beacon of Light and Culture.

Moderated by Mohamed Ftouhi, City Council Member & Professor, University Mohamed V

  • Energy Efficiency in Morocco
    Saïd Mouline, General Director, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE)
  • “Rabat City of Light, Cultural Capital of Morocco”: Implementation, Achievements and Outlooks
    Abderrahmane Ifrassen, General Director, Rabat Région Aménagement
  • Urban Planning Development in Rabat
    Abdelaziz Adidi, Director, National Institute of Urban Planning and Urbanism (INAU)
  • Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: A Shared UNESCO World Heritage
    Hassan Radoine, Director, National School of Architecture
  • Q&A session


11:00    Coffee Break

  International Panel Discussion: “Lighting Heritage Cities – Enlivening spaces for shared heritage”
Since the 1980’s, the illumination of heritage sites has been a major step in the evolution of urban lighting policies to move beyond the most functional aspects of urban light. Nowadays, cities are seeking ways to not only highlight their heritage for attractiveness, but also to regenerate and enliven their historical centres and areas for their inhabitants.  In this session, we aim to question both the current state of heritage lighting as an essential component of an integrated lighting strategy and the use of light to lay the foundations for a shared and living heritage by night.

Moderated by Mark Burton-Page, LUCI General Director

  • Véronique Koulouris, Advisor in Architecture and Lighting Design, National Capital Commission of Quebec
  • Nevena Kovacevic, Lighting Designer, Zenisk Studio & IALD Fellow
  • Thierry Marsick, Head of Urban Lighting Department, City of Lyon
  • Carole Purnelle, Portugal Heritage Association & Artistic Director of OCUBO

Hotel Sofitel Rabat 

 Open Conference Sessions
What are the main trends in urban lighting today, what new projects are cities working on, what are the main challenges and discussion points? From lighting masterplans to projects in architectural lighting, from smart lighting to creative lighting, all topics will be addressed in the Open Conference Sessions. This is the opportunity for all participants to exchange viewpoints with cities from around the world!

Detailed Open Conference Sessions programme here.

17:00    Bus departure from Hotel Sofitel to Hotel Farah

18:30   Departure for site visit by bus from Hotel Farah



19:00    Visit of the Mohamed VI Bridge
Inaugurated in July 2016, Mohamed VI Bridge, the largest cable-stayed bridge in Africa, is designed in the shape of an arch symbolizing the new gates of the cities of Rabat and Salé. Discover the energy efficient lighting that has been implemented on the bridge allowing for dynamic and colorful schemes.


20:30    Dinner
Dar el Mrini

Friday, 2 November

8:15    Bus departure from Hotel Farah to Hotel Sofitel


8:30    Registrations


9:00    Conference session: The lights of Rabat
Hotel Sofitel Rabat – Room La Royale

During this session, the city departments involved in delivering Rabat’s lighting strategy will share their vision and explain the day-to-day operations on the key issues of safety, energy efficiency, heritage lighting, and night-time attractiveness for citizens and tourists.

Opening word by Souad Zaidi, Vice-Mayor of the City of

  • Sustainable development and lighting
    Mohamed Ftouhi, City Council Member and Professor, University Mohamed V Rabat and Member of Parliament
  • Strategy and lighting masterplan of Rabat
    Abderrahmane Mejdoubi, Head of Public Lighting Department, Rabat Commune
  • Presentation of the Dar Es Salam neighbourhood project
    Vincent Thiesson, Lighting Designer & Founder, Agence ON
  • Lighting the new shores of the Bou Regreg
    Mohamed Es-semmar, Director of Historical Heritage and Archaeology, Agency for the development of the Bou Regreg Valley
  • Q&A Session 


10:30   Coffee Break

  International Panel Discussion: “Inclusive light – Building Societal Bonds through Light”

Cities worldwide have increased efforts to illuminate their urban spaces in line with the expectations of their inhabitants. But who are the people that we are trying to light spaces for? How can urban lighting help build societal bonds and bridges? Lighting policies and initiatives that actively engage with and involve citizens according to their needs, and that encourage people to interact in the space around them, can help build more inclusive cities and communities.

Moderated by Cathy Johnston, Group Manager, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

  • Mikkel Bille, Associate Professor, Roskilde University
  • Isabelle Corten, Lighting Designer and founder of Social Light Movement
  • Young Su Kim, Director of Urban Light Policy Division, Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Christina VildingeStrategic Designer, White Arkitekter and Lecturer, University of Gothenburg

     “Pathways to Smart Urban Lighting” Study: Outcomes & Outlooks

The “Pathways to Smart Urban Lighting” project is the first global, comparative study of cities’ approaches to smart lighting conducted by the London School of Economics – Configuring Light research group, in collaboration with LUCI. Learn about the outcomes of the survey of municipalities launched in April 2018 which will result in a preliminary mapping and database of city smart lighting policy, practice and planning.

  • Don Slater, Associate Professor, Configuring Light & London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Elettra Bordonaro, Lighting Designer, Light Follows Behavious

Hotel Sofitel Rabat 

 LUCI General Assembly (LUCI Members only)
Hotel Sofitel Rabat – Room La Royale 
This is the opportunity for LUCI members to learn about the network’s ongoing and future activities. Upcoming events, projects and new perspectives will be presented. The General Assembly will also vote for the renewal of the LUCI Executive Committee.


17:30    Bus departure from Hotel Sofitel to Hotel Farah

20:00    Bus departure from Hotel Farah by bus

   Gala dinner
Dar El Mrini
This special evening and gala dinner will be marked by the official closure of the LUCI AGM in Rabat and the presentation of LUCI’s new presidency for the next two years.




Saturday 3 November – Optional programme

  Departure for the optional programme
Discover Rabat’s beauty and heritage through tours by local guides of the city’s rich historic and modern sites. Visit the Royal Palace and the Chellah necropolis, discover Bab Rouah and the Almohade Wall, and stroll through the old Medina and enjoy a mint tea with a view on the Kasbah des Oudaias. This day-long tour is sure to be a wonderful way to take in all that Rabat has to offer!

Lunch will not be taken in charge