• Helsinki should be like that every day!

    Lux Helsinki 2014 gathered lots of positive feedback from the audience of the event. Here's some of the best bits from the social media.

    "Amazing guys!! Every year it gets better and better!"

    "I would just like to mention that Lux Helsinki 2014 was my first Lux event I attended and it was MAGICAL. It's a wonderful and amazingly beautiful event organized by the city. I would just like to say a small Kiitos for entertaining us for five special days and filling our dark winter nights with light."

    "Wonderful show...still not able to get over it and the music!" (About Fire Circus Walkea's show)

    "Like almost every year I'm going to Helsinki to watch the event but yesterday (Sunday) was amazing. I've never seen so many people and because of that it was difficult to see everything. But it's good for you, it means that people like what you are doing!"

    "Helsinki should be like that every day!! Keep up the good work - this year's edition was definitely better than last year which was already good :)"

  • Lux Helsinki 2014 competition has ended

    The results and the winners of the Lux Helsinki 2014 competition are clear. We asked the participants to name their favorite works of art during years 2009-2013 of the light festival. The most votes went to Casa Magica´s work “Emergence” at Senate square in 2013. Mikki Kunttu and Kasperi Laine´s work “Reflections”, as well at Senate square, in 2010 came second. Jukka Huitila´s work “Variant Spectrum” from year 2012 at the Olympic Stadium Tower got third place and a renewed version of the same work from year 2013 “Variant Spectrum 2” got fourth place.

    The winners of the competition were also drawn and the winners are Mirka Santanen, Jaana Sytelä and Sirpa Karjalainen. They have been notified of the win personally. Congratulations!

  • 150,000 visitors at the event – thank you!

    The Lux Helsinki light event, arranged for the sixth time between 4 and 8 January 2014, brought 150,000 visitors from Helsinki, the rest of Finland and around the world to the centre of the city and to the Cable Factory. The performances by Fire Circus Walkea on Kansalaistori were witnessed by an audience of more than 10,000. An exhibition of light art was held for the first time in Merikaapelihalli at the Cable Factory and attracted circa 6,000 visitors. 

    “Lux Helsinki fulfils the City of Helsinki’s strategic objective of arranging attractive events that are free and open to all residents and visiting tourists. This year we were able to expand the event through collaboration with business partners. We hope that in coming years we will attract even more businesses as organisers of peripheral events and as partners,” says Saila Machere, head of the department in charge of urban marketing at the City of Helsinki.

    “Lux Helsinki is the biggest light-related event in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Having grown to this size, it is starting to make a splash internationally. One of the main objectives is to promote meetings and sharing of experiences between Finnish and international artists,” says the event’s Artistic Director, Markku Uimonen.

    “The joy felt by the audience was palpable – not only onsite but also in social media. It was great to see families with children and senior citizens alike finding their way to the Cable Factory to enjoy the new exhibition. Lux is a genuine opportunity for new audiences to discover art and Helsinki’s events,” says Machere.

    The next Lux Helsinki will take place in January 2015.

    Audience during the performance of Fire Circus Walkea. Photo: Marina Ekroos.

  • Photos updated to the gallery

    Photos from Lux Helsinki 2014 have been updated to the gallery.

    To the gallery

  • The side programme includes e.g. a light art symposium and restaurant discounts

    An international symposium on light art, entitled Invisible Light, will be held from 11 am to 7 pm on Wednesday 8 January at the Kiasma Theatre within the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Beside artists from Lux Helsinki, the symposium’s speakers will include international top names in the field. The symposium is open for everyone and the entry is free of charge. 

    Charity cafés will be run by Kympin Lapset at Kansalaistori and by the Lions Club next to the National Opera’s amphitheatre. Lux Helsinki restaurant discounts will be offered by the National Museum’s café, Cafe Vanha, restaurants Sunn and Nuevo close to Senate Square, and restaurant Macu at Hotel Crowne Plaza in Töölö. 

    Beside the official installations of Lux Helsinki, other lightning venues include the Hbl 150 Years Anniversary Lighting and the light art installation Blue Line above the inner city’s longest undivided street axis, The Union Axis.

    At Hakasalmi Villa you can visit the Brylcreem photography exhibition that brings the 1950s Helsinki to life.

    Read more on the side programme