Luminale Festival of Light

The Luminale Festival of Light has been held in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, every two years since 2002. Established as a supporting program for Light + Building, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building technology, it is currently one of the most popular events with more than 200,000 visitors and a fixture in the cultural life of the Rhine-Main region.

From the 18th to 23rd of March 2018, the Luminale Frankfurt will be launching a new concept. Frankfurt will not only be a stage for light art, but also the subject of the festival itself. The Luminale is positioning itself as a “Biennale for Light Art and Urban Design” with the aim of giving a push to position the city as an attractive future location and “creative hub” at the intersection of art, technology and urbanity.

Overall, the five festival categories Art, Solutions, Study, Community and Better City currently have around 120 projects and activities ready to go. The art category in particular finds great attention in the international light art scene.

The “Alte Oper” in Frankfurt’s center also celebrates its Luminale premiere. Here, the Italian design studio Karmachina lets the facade of the renowned concert hall shine in a new light. A ten-minute video-mapping show tells the story of the “Alte Oper” in five chapters – from its founding in the 19th century to its destruction during the Second World War to its reconstruction thanks to civic engagement. An innovative 3D sound system supports the multimedia experience.

The European Central Bank will also participate in 2018 in the Luminale. The façade of its main building will serve as a projection screen for a street art and graffiti-inspired projection mapping by the Bremen artist collective Urbanscreen.

The Luminale Frankfurt was founded in the year 2002 by Messe Frankfurt, which since then promotes and supports the festival extensively. With around 200,000 visitors, the Luminale is one of the largest events in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region in Germany.

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