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Lyon Light Festival Forum – Programme

05 – 07 December 2019

Lyon Light Festival Forum


All times listed are in CET

Thursday 5 December 2019

📍Village Lumière – Palais de la Bourse/CCI (unless stated otherwise)

Reserved for LUCI members and invitees only

17:30 – 20:00: Welcome cocktail

20:00 – 22:00: Visit of the Fête des Lumières

Join us for a tour through Lyon to discover some of the light installations of this year’s festival.

Friday 6 December 2019

📍Village Lumière at Palais de la Bourse/CCI  (unless stated otherwise)

09:30 –  10:00: Coffee & registration

10:00 – 10:30: Opening of the Lyon Light Festival Forum

10:30 –  12:00: Session 1 – Light Festivals: Humans at the Heart  

Beyond the spectacular projections on buildings or the monumental light art installations, there is a growing trend for light festivals to turn towards the human dimension, mixing in more play and delight for each resident or tourist. By putting performance art in the spotlight, cities and festival organisers are encouraging new ways of experiencing these events. In this session, speakers will reflect on how cities experiment beyond what leads to the passive consumption of a festival to create a richer, more socially and emotionally engaging experience. They will showcase a variety of examples of parades, from professional parades produced by specialized artists to light events that involve participants in the spectacle itself.

  • With  Jean-François Zurawik, Donna Drew Sawyer, Fabian Seewald & Philip Holmes.
  • Moderated by Jessica Ferey, Programme Manager, LUCI Association

12:00 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 15:00: Session 2: Light and Art for Poetic Cities

Cities like Lyon have been for decades reimagining their approach to lighting, by mixing lighting engineers and technicians with light artists and lighting designers to draw out the beauty of the city’s night scenes. Inspired by the tradition of theatrical stage lighting – telling a story through light – in this session, speakers will reflect on how cities and designers today are using the new possibilities of light to create more poetic nightscapes that call on the senses of the viewer. What can we learn from other artistic disciplines to think about our cities’ nocturnal landscapes?

  • Moderated by Mark Burton-Page, General Director, LUCI Association
  • Intro by City of Lyon: Thierry Marsick, Director, Urban Lighting Department, City of Lyon, with Marjolijn van der Meijden, Clarisse Tavin, Laurent Fachard & Christine Richier.

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 – 17:30: Inspire & Exchange: speed presentations of creative lighting projects from around the world

This 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 lighting projects and innovations in the field.

Check out this year’s pecha kucha presentations here

19:00 – 20:00: Drinks and networking

Saturday 8 December 2018

📍Village Lumière  – Palais de la Bourse/CCI

LUCI members & guests only

10:30 – 11:00: Registrations and Coffee

11:00 – 13:00: 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.


The Lyon Light Festival Forum is supported by:

Photo credits:

© Muriel Chaulet.