Watch the videos of the Lyon Light Festival Forum 2021!

Organised every year by LUCI in collaboration with the City of Lyon, and with the support of Signify, the 2021 edition of the Lyon Light Festival Forum (LLFF) offers creative lighting professionals a unique space to explore new forms of creative lighting in the urban space.

LLFF 2021, which took place from 8 – 10 December, focused on how cities can involve children and young people in designing and establishing better lighting policies and events for public space.

The LLFF 2021 was an in-person event that was also livestreamed online. The 80 participants present in-person at the event venue were joined by over 110 participants online, making it an audience from over 44 different countries, with 23 official city representatives present.

The full playlist of the recordings from the event are available on the LUCI Youtube channel and below!


Cities for Children, Light for Children

A keynote session “Cities for Children, Light for Children” with speakers Francesco Tonucci, Creator of “Città dei Bambini” project, and researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the National Research Council (Italy) and Massimo Seri, Mayor of the City of Fano (Italy) set the stage for the day, with new perspectives & inspiration on creating inclusive cities with children.


Session 1: Lighting with Future Generations: Youth Participation in Urban Lighting

Urban lighting should be accessible to all, regardless of social condition and age. With this in mind, one of the challenges for cities is to effectively involve children, young people and their families in everyday urban lighting. This often requires to carefully develop playful, creative and participatory approaches with a special focus on how children can use and enjoy public spaces after dark.

Speakers from London, Gothenburg and Lyon shared who their perspectives based on experience and examples of how to involve young people in creative and sustainable urban lighting.

Session 2: Involving Youth and Families in Moments of Awe through Light in Public Space

This session explored how cities involve and include children and families when organising temporary light events, from light festivals to major projects for animating public space.

Speakers from Montreal, Jyväskylä, Turin and Lyon presented examples of initiatives that involve school children in educational workshops on the topic of creative lighting in preparation for and during light festivals as well as examples of strategies for animating public space with children and families specifically in mind.

Pecha Kuchas

During their “Pecha Kucha”-style speed presentations, light festival organisers, artists, and designers involved in creative lighting projects shared and exchanged their experience and work.

This year’s speakers included Noor Riyadh light festival, Radiance35, GLOW Eindhoven, Chartres en Lumières, BIBI, and more.

Organised with the support of LUCI supporting associated member Signify.

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