Online Programme

(Final timing and details subject to change)

In light the current Covid-19 crisis context, the annual Lyon Light Festival Forum (LLFF) has been transformed into an online event!

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Monday 7 December

9:00 Online event platform open

9:15 Opening of the Lyon Light Festival Forum

  • Victoire Goust, Deputy Mayor, Tourism and Events, City of Lyon
  • Meri Lumela, LUCI President, City of Jyväskylä
  • Barbara Kreissler, Director, B2G Professional Lighting, Global Public & Government Affairs, Signify

9:30 The evolution of creative lighting to reimagine cities

Many cities around the world use creative lighting and light festivals to strengthen their city’s brand and create a unique identity while attracting visitors and elevating local residents’ pride in their city.

As more and more cities employ these lighting strategies, how can they ensure that they remain unique and interesting for locals and tourists? How are cities reimagining their nightscapes using these creative lighting technologies?

  • Introduction by Sylvain Godinot, Deputy Mayor in charge of Ecological Transition and Heritage, City of Lyon (France)
  • Jess Scully, Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, co-Chair of the Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel (Australia)
  • Sarah Gaventa, Director, Illuminated River Foundation (UK)

Moderated by Mark Burton-Page, General Director, LUCI Association

10:30 Virtual Coffee Break

Head over to the Networking section in the Hopin event platform to meet other participants and check out the various booths showcasing partners and LUCI information over in the Expo section.

15:00 Creative Lighting Pecha Kucha session
Light festival organisers, artists, and designers share about creative light projects and innovations in the field.

  • Taxco de Alarcón: From Darkness to the Light by Evelyn Figueroa
  • Light Festivals and Sustainability by Craig Morrison
  • Expression by Rik van Stiphout, Castor Bours & Wouter Widdershoven
  • This Christmas, stay in Colombia, your home by Angel Pablo Pérez Alvarez

16:00 Virtual Coffee Break

Head over to the Networking section in the Hopin event platform to meet other participants and check out the various booths showcasing partners and LUCI information over in the Expo section.

Tuesday 8 December

9:15 Online rooms open

9:30 Creative Lighting Pecha Kucha session
Light festival organisers, artists, and designers share about creative light projects and innovations in the field.

  • Creative Light in Difficult Times by Isabelle Corten
  • Elevating community interest and commitment to responsible and creative lighting by Nowshad (Shad) Ali
  • Palace of Versailles, architectural lighting design and monumental projections by Matthieu Graffin
  • Rooting light in the community by Kate Harvey

10:30 Virtual Coffee Break

Head over to the Networking section in the Hopin event platform to meet other participants and check out the various booths showcasing partners and LUCI information over in the Expo section.

14:00 The transformation of light festivals to adapt to the new normal
The year 2020 and the Covid crisis will have brought major challenges to the management, design, and general daily operations of a city. Some of these challenges have impacted the events, festivals and creative lighting projects organised by cities. Beyond this, however, political directions are shifting, more attention is being placed on sustainability and environmentalism, and our light festivals must adapt. This session will explore how light festivals have transformed in the face of Covid but also how they are thinking of evolving to keep up with the many changes in the world.

  • Julien Pavillard, Director of the Fête des Lumières, and the Organising Team, City of Lyon (France)
  • Kaat Heirbrant, Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Culture, Tourism and Events; Organiser of the Ghent Light Festival, City of Ghent (Belgium)
  • Elisa Hillgen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • Ronald Ramakers, Director, GLOW Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

Moderated by Jessica Ferey, Programme Manager, LUCI Association

15:00 Virtual Coffee Break

Head over to the Networking section in the Hopin event platform to meet other participants and check out the various booths showcasing partners and LUCI information over in the Expo section.

Wednesday 9 December

9:15 Online rooms open

9:30 Creative Lighting Pecha Kucha session
Light festival organisers, artists, and designers share about creative light projects and innovations in the field.

  • Bright Brussels – Festival of Light by Nathalie Tilmant
  • Skopje Light Art District 2020 by Filip Avramchev
  • Plastic: the fifth element revealed by light by Fabrice Cahoreau
  • #Nature of light, light of nature by Laurent Louyer

10:30 Virtual Coffee Break

Head over to the Networking section in the Hopin event platform to meet other participants and check out the various booths showcasing partners and LUCI information over in the Expo section.

14:00 Session in partnership with Cluster Lumière: Societal added value of Intelligent Lighting in metropolises, feedback and perspectives (session in French)

Interviews with French-speaking metropolises: Brussels, Montreal, Brest and Lille followed by expert discussions.

Damien Morineaux, Head of public lighting department, City of Lille
Saïg Potard, Head of public lighting department, City of Brest/Brest Metropolis
Bénédicte Collard, Streetlight Manager, City of Brussels/Sibelga
Isabelle Lessard, Street lighting engineer, City of Montreal
Nicolas de Malherbes, Company manager, Citeos Installer and operator
Bertrand Marhadour, Regional street lighting manager, Signify
Bruno Foucras, Industrial science and technology professor – University of Aix-Marseille

Moderated by Philippe Badaroux, President of the Cluster Lumière

Register on the online event platform here