Lyon Light Festival Forum – Programme

07 – 08 December 2023

Creative angles to imagine the city of tomorrow


All times listed are in CET

Thursday 07 December 2023

📍Les SUBS / LE HANGAR (Les Subsistances, 8 bis Quai Saint-Vincent, Lyon)

16:30 – 17:30: Light Festival Working Group meeting (LUCI members only)

18:00 – 19:00: Welcome reception & Visit of the Fête des Lumières

(Open to LUCI members and guests – registration required)

  • Sonia Zdorovtzoff, Deputy Mayor for International Relations, Cooperation and Solidarity, City of Lyon

After a welcome cocktail, join international peers for an informal tour through Lyon to discover some of the light installations of this year’s festival.

Friday 08 December 2023

📍Les SUBS (Les Subsistances, 8 bis Quai Saint-Vincent, Lyon) Conference sessions will take place in Le Hangar.

09:30 –  10:00: Coffee and Registration

10:00 – 10:10: Opening of the Lyon Light Festival Forum 2023

  • Stéphane Malfettes – Director of Les Subs
  • Jessica Férey – Deputy Director of LUCI Association

10:10 –  11:00: Mayors’ dialogue: Creative angles to imagine the city of tomorrow

Moderated by Mark Burton-Page

  • Grégory Doucet, Mayor of Lyon
  • Mike Josef, Mayor of Frankfurt

Status quo is not an option: cities must reinvent themselves, find solutions, and develop their capacities for metamorphosis.

We need to offer more poetry, add spice to the future, and not see everything through a dystopic lense where tomorrow will be worse than today. We need to propose a story, a narrative for the city. But how can we bring new perspectives on these changes and sharpen our imagination to invent concretely the city of tomorrow?

As urban stakeholders, elected officials, artists, planners, architects, we invite you to blend imaginations. To engage in a dialogue about creating, transmitting, and receiving works of art and creations that inspire, break boundaries, let us dream and take the time to shape the new urban uses.

11:00 – 12:45: Conversational Roundtable: Creative angles to imagine the city of tomorrow

Moderated by Gaële Beaussier-Lombard.

  • Luc Schuiten,Thomas GeffroydVictor Vieillard & Sara de Gouy

12:45 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 –  15:00: Creative Lighting Pecha Kucha Presentations I

  • Moderated by Jessica Férey

These sessions 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.

  • Emilie Dias Beacon of Hope
  • Joanie LemercierLight as a medium, space as a canvas
  • Luzinterruptus – We illuminate the unilluminable
  • James Cochrane – Bezier BLOOM

15:00 – 15:30: Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30: Creative Lighting Pecha Kucha Presentations II

  • Amelia Kosminsky Living Light
  • Thorsten Bauer – Urban deceleration in the digital age: a media artist in search of time
  • Philip Ross – Airplay: How light invites collective creation of music
  • Pierre Amoudruz Stories to move spaces

16:30 – 17:30: (Light)Speed Networking Moment

Take part in this speed networking moment to meet other participants and share your ideas of how light festivals can continue celebrating imagination in cities.

17:30 – 19:00: Cocktail and closing of LLFF

19:00 – 23:00: Visit of Fête des Lumières

Photo credits:

© LUCI Association