What is Copenhagen Light Festival?

The city is quiet, but around the next corner you can hear a crowd talking, wondering, pointing, cheering. You follow the flow through the city to the next square, buy a hot cup of coffee, and the light shows the way.

Light art is extremely expressive, but quiet, leaving a room for meditative experience and common contemplation. Those who have visited a light festival know that light presents the winter night
cityscape in surprising ways, exposing and experimenting with
colours, movements, and occasionally in conjunction with sound experiences.

The Copenhagen Light Festival is based on a flourishing and competent light art & design environment with strong traditions, providing space for growth and creating activities that increase the enthusiasm for the city’s space. The festival creates and collects light experiences in urban spaces and unconventional places for a large and wide audience – with an eye for upcoming talents and surprises and at an internationally high level.

The experiences, which are concentrated in the inner city and the harbour, are unique and relevant for culturally interested people as well as children families. Reaching out to both novices and connoisseurs, to citizens and tourists. The festival aims to present the city’s many special places such as parks, squares, facades and yet hidden places new works and installations from
both established and upcoming artists. The realization of these visions is ensured
through an artistic strategy that highlights international quality and displays the strong
Danish lighting culture. Copenhagen Light Festival, a is spacious umbrella that
embraces and accentuates concurrent cultural February events.

Work types

The festival can contain permanent, semi-permanent and temporary experiences, such as

  • Beautiful, captivating temporary sculptural elements or staging of urban
    spaces, historic buildings and the cultural district with lights and colours
  • Dynamic light experiences such as film, moving heads, and with time pixel mapping
  • Listed activities such as dark walks, city cycling or night-running with lights
  • Interactive light experiences – citizens and tourists are involved, staging or
    managing / contributing themselves
  • Artistic lighting experiences that includes sound
  • The city’s existing light experiences are included and highlighted

Sustainability, Green Mobility, Equality and Diversity are important elements in creative / artistic interaction with the strong Danish traditions and competencies in light (and darkness!).

Contact Us

Catja Thystrup
Head of project
Copenhagen Light Festival
+45 3123 2656
ct@centerforlys.dk