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Cloud-like light installation with a lot of people below it admiring.
The official route of the Lux Helsinki light festival in January 2020 will stretch from Senate Square to the Tokoinranta shoreline. picture: Lauri Rotko / Helsinki Marketing

Lux Helsinki to light up the city on 4–8 January 2020

Lux Helsinki 
4-8 January 2020
open daily 5 pm – 10 pm
Helsinki downtown area

Lux Helsinki is a bright spot in the winter that will once again present a diverse range of top Finnish and international light art from 4 to 8 January 2020. The official route comprises nine installations and stretches from Senate Square through Kaisaniemi Park to the beautiful Tokoinranta shoreline. The route is designed as a dramaturgical series that should be seen in numerical order from start to finish.

Lux Helsinki 2020 is curated by Ilkka Paloniemi together with Christina Dvinge from Denmark and Martin Pošta from the Czech Republic. The light festival promises to be more international than ever, with participating light artists coming from Austria, Turkey, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland.

“The route mixes the built urban environment with parks and shorelines. One of the great things about Lux Helsinki is how the festival can spread out quite freely in the urban environment, highlighting places that are less familiar. Arctic Helsinki is just as big a star in Lux Helsinki as the light art,” Paloniemi says.

Lux Helsinki audiences will get to enjoy a wide range of light art along the route, from primitive fire all the way to interactive video projections.

“Lux Helsinki is made using a wide range of light tools. The route has both analogue and digital projections, both of which have their own interesting characteristics. Lux Helsinki 2020 also offers interactive art, multisensory experiences and communal projects,” Paloniemi adds.

The route starts from Senate Square, where the façade of Helsinki Cathedral will feature SunWind, a colourful installation inspired by the northern lights and Scandinavian light by Austrian light artist Teresa Mar. Inside the Topelia courtyard, The Bridge by M4 artists from Lithuania will offer light therapy. Viewers get to walk through the 27-metre-long installation and experience it with all their senses: the art can be seen, heard and even felt on your skin.

The Colour Out of Space by 3dsense from the Czech Republic is inspired by a science fiction novel and creates a horror-themed scene in the courtyard of the Forest House that combines sounds, video mapping, projections and light. Large Fire Tornado by Dutch artist Ivo Schoofs takes viewers at the Kaisaniemi field to the mother of light – fire. This kinetic fire installation creates a rapidly rotating flame that reaches a height of 16 metres. At the Tokoinranta field, the pink glowing Do-gooders by Katja Tukiainen and OiOi allows viewers the opportunity to touch the light and awaken the painting into life.

The carbon footprint of all Lux Helsinki installations on the route is being offset.

Find out more about the Lux Helsinki route, light installations and artists on Lux Helsinki’s website through this link.

Lux Helsinki 4–8 January 2020, 5pm–10pm. Lux Helsinki is organised by the Helsinki Events Foundation and produced by Susa Nokelainen. Sun Effects Oy is responsible for the design and production of the Lux Helsinki route and installations.