The side programme includes e.g. discussions, clubs and additional artworks

16 December 2015

With activities for people of all ages, the free-of-charge side programme includes e.g. clubs arranged in cooperation with Radio Helsinki, a light-themed panel discussion, workshops, supplementary works, and guided walking tours. Most side programme events will be held between 5 pm and 10 pm, unless otherwise announced.

Aschan Café Jugend, which is located on Pohjoisesplanadi, will serve as the Lux Helsinki Café, where you can mingle with other festival visitors. Works by artist Ishmail Sandstroem will be on display at the café. In addition, a panel discussion on the theme of light and moderated by Radio Helsinki will be held there on Thursday 7 January at 7.30 pm.

All festival-goers are welcome to continue the evening indoors in Radio Helsinki's DeLUXe clubs at Bar Loose and the 'Why join the navy when you can be a pirate' bar on Annankatu, where top DJs will entertain you on each day of the festival from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Seven different workshops, performances or installations based on light-related themes will be held in the Valoleikkipuisto (Light Playground) at Annantalo. In Annantalo, you can recover from the winter blues, enjoy light painting, explore a light jungle and go all the way AR OU ND. From 7 pm to 10 m on Saturday 9 January you can dance to rhythms chosen by DJ Kristiina Männikkö at the Book Café.

In the hall of the Ateneum Art Museum, you can watch light-themed, experimental Finnish short films from AV-arkki (the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art) from 5 pm to 6 pm on Saturday 9 January.

As well as light installations, a number of complementary artworks can be found along the route. Beautifully illuminated snowballs will float above the Icepark. A light artwork exploring the potential of shop-front windows can be seen in the window of Taiga Colors Helsinki. The Mobile Home sculpture and the installation, Keisarin uudet vaatteet (The Emperor's New Clothes), can be seen at Annantalo. Kahvisalongin kuosikimara will feature fabrics by Finnish textile and surface designers, reflected in the window of Bulevardin Kahvisalonki and synchronised to music by Lau Nau. 

Guided, free-of-charge walking tours will be held each day in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian.

Photo: Lux Helsinki 2015 / Jussi Ratilainen