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12.9.2016

City of Light event on 22-24 September 2016 – lighting experiences for everyone

Every autumn Jyväskylä hosts City of Light, Finland’s only event dedicated to urban lighting. The event provides both residents and visitors with a chance to learn about, experience and enjoy the city’s lighting, including a number of special lighting installations.

For instance this year you are able to experience the Australian Amanda Parer’s adorable illuminated giant bunnies in the heart of the city at Church Park. These five friendly bunnies, that have visited the world’s biggest metropoles, speak for the artist’s concern towards the environment. The over 7 meters high and 13 meters long, these bunnies have been captured in over hundreds of thousands of cameras where ever they have traveled to. Come take your “Alice in wonderland” selfie. Location: Kirkkopuisto (Church Park).

See the whole programme here.

More information: Jani Ruotsalainen, City of Light Coordinator, Tel. +358 400 642 364, jani.ruotsalainen[at]jkl.fi

20.6.2016

LIGHTING DESIGNER KAORU MENDE PLUS OTHER TOP DESIGNERS AT DESIGN SEMINAR

MAXIMAL I MINIMAL, the 8th International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar, in Jyväskylä 27–28.8.2016, will bring together some of the hottest globally successful names in design right now! Those appearing at the event include Japanese lighting guru Kaoru Mende. He is known for creating rhythms of light and shadow that subtly respond to their surroundings, and has designed the lighting for hundreds of projects. Mendes’ presence at the Seminar will raise topical issues for scrutiny, including the lighting of our built environment and its contradictions.

Save the Date! Guerrilla Lighting –event on Saturday 27th August at 22:00

The phenomenon known as Guerrilla Lighting will transform the Ruusupuisto area for a fleeting moment. The action, originating in the United Kingdom, brings architecture alive with light during the dark. The event is realized using powerful flashlights and a large number of assistants. The first Guerrilla Lighting event in Finland took place in Jyväskylä in 2008 and many events have been organized since. This Guerrilla Lighting march starts from Alvar Aalto museum at 22.00. The tour will take about one hour and during that the participants will see a few places to be illuminated. Free entry!

See the seminar’s full line-up here: http://www.alvaraaltodesignseminar.fi/seminar/
And get your tickets soon (Early bird prices valid until 30.6.2016!)

27.10.2014

Final Light in the City event gathered more than 150 participants from across Europe in Eskilstuna


Photo by Touho Häkkinen

The City of Eskilstuna (Sweden) was the venue for the final international lighting branch conference “Light in the City” from 23.-25.10.2014.

More than 150 participants from 10 different countries attended the event, which was the third and last in a series, and forms a part of the Light in the City project, funded by the European Union's Europe for Citizens Programme. Those present included city officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities.

The event was organized by the City of Eskilstuna in collaboration with the City of Jyväskylä and a number of partners, including Eurotowns network, LUCI Association, Nordic Culture Fund and the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture and Media, explains Mathias Thuen, the person in charge of the event in Eskilstuna.

The aim: lighting in accordance with sustainable development

The conference featured a keynote line up with cutting edge speakers covering the spectra with important questions in the lighting field today. The theme for the conference was, as well as for Eskilstuna’s ongoing work, an industrial city in transformation with strong focus on the future, says Karin Ermegård who played a major role in organizing the event.

The event included conferences on urban lighting featuring speakers such as Kai Piippo and Tapio Rosenius, among others, as well as practice-oriented workshops, site visits, and a Guerrilla Lighting event. The topics on display included urban lighting in Eskilstuna as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting projects.

The unifying goal of these activities was to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organised and to create opportunities for participants to become networked, tells Elli Räsänen, Coordinator of Jyväskylä’s City of Light project which leads the Light in the City project.

Guerrilla Lighting event on Friday 24th October

Organized as part of the Light in the City event, the phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” transformed the streets of Torshälla (Eskilstuna, Sweden) for a fleeting moment. The event showed familiar city locations in a new light. Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä had selected four targets for illumination. In each case, a horn was sounded and the site briefly illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

The volunteers were members of the Finnish Association in Torshälla, says Anna Geschwindt Eriksson, the person in charge of the event in Torshälla. We are very excited to be part of the Light in the City project; the Guerrilla Lighting event was a brilliant way to enjoy the light and raise discussion on urban lighting and its significance, she continues.

Networking event aimed at lighting artists on Saturday the 25th October

On Saturday, October 25th, lighting artists involved in the Nordic Light networking project gathered in Eskilstuna. The event attracted applications from 42 lighting artists by close of call. On the basis of the applications the expert jury decided to choose 8 artists, who enjoyed an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event.

– The participants were Andreas Brännlund (Sweden), Arto Heiskanen (Finland), Cecilia Ömalm (Sweden), Joonas Saaranen (Finland), Kari Alonen (Finland), Milo Laven (Sweden), Ulla Ridderberg (Sweden) and Åsa Lipka Falck (Sweden) explains Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser at the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media which was one of the main organizers of the event.

The 8 deserving artists selected for the event each showed their own portfolio in Eskilstuna on October 25th. The session concluded with a panel discussion, titled Nordic light art in an international context. The panelists were: Johanna-Mai Vihalem, Lighting artist from Estonia, Lena Siewert, Coordinator at City of Gothenburg and a representative of LUCI Light & Art Commission, Viel Bjerkeset Andersen, Lighting artist from Norway and William Dennisuk Lighting artist from Finland.

Light in the City project

The Light in the City is a two-year project under the Europe for Citizens programme aid scheme involving four European cities: Jyväskylä (Finland), Hasselt (Belgium), Tartu (Estonia) and Eskilstuna (Sweden). The LUCI Association is involved in the project as a communication associate. The project is led by the City of Jyväskylä, Finland.

During years 2012-2014, the project has brought together approximately 500 people from across Europe with the aim of promoting the development of high-quality urban lighting. The Light in the City event in Eskilstuna is the final event in the Light in the City project.

Light festival Nattljus

The Light in the City seminar weekend in Eskilstuna coincided with the staging of the city’s light festival “Nattljus”. Openings and presentation of new permanent lighting projects are the foundation of Nattljus, which lights up Eskilstuna until November 2nd. The event featured opening ceremonies for several major lighting projects in Eskilstuna.

Materials from the seminar

Seminar presentations.

Photos from the Light in the City seminar.

Photos from the Guerrilla Lighting event.

Photos are to be used in conjunction with editorial content directly related to the Light in the City project. When using these photos, please credit the photographers / © City of Light Jyväskylä. Should you publish a photo, please send us a copy of the publication.

More information

Mathias Thuen, Head of Parks, Eskilstuna Municipality mathias.thuen[at]eskilstuna.se, +46 73 950 10 50

Karin Ermegård, Landscape Architect, Eskilstuna Municipality, karin.ermegard[at]eskilstuna.se, +46 70-167 22 77

Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, elli.rasanen[at]jkl.fi, +358 50 570 8941

Annukka Larsen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, +358 40 740 4717

Anna Geschwindt Eriksson, Communications Strategist, Torshälla locality, anna.hartwig[at]eskilstuna.se, +46 73-950 60 93,

Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser, Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media wanna.spiridonidou[at]arbetsformedlingen.se, +46 104869738

1.10.2014

Jyväskylä’s City of Light event attracts record audience!


One of the main attractions of the event was Virtual Dancer by Ocubo. Photo by T. Häkkinen

The City of Light event staged last week attracted a record audience in comparison to previous years.

– It’s absolutely clear that a total of almost 45 000 visitors in the course of the event communicates the fact that ”Light” is Jyväskylä’s own thing and has a tremendous significance for the city, states Jani Ruotsalainen, the event’s producer.

The previous record was set last year, when over 30 000 people took part.

Coordinated by the City of Jyväskylä, this year’s City of Light event comprised in total more than a dozen light installations or happenings which provided not only an opportunity to experience, but also to learn about light. The programme also included a number of happenings involving physical recreation.

The ”Valo Virtaa” [Light Flows] happening on the River Tourujoki, which enjoyed huge popularity, the ”Tourujoen Yö” [Tourujoki Night] happening and Kari Kola’s ”Lyhdyt” [Lanterns] light installation attracted in total more than 15 000 people calculated solely on attendance figures for Friday and Saturday.

Ocubo’s ”Virtuaalinen tanssija” [Virtual Dancer] video installation, which took over the facade of the Kolmikulma shopping centre, and Hane Aaltonen’s ”FFFaces kaupungin kasvot” [City Faces] video installation shown on the wall of Sokos department store tempted – according to conservative estimates – over 25 000 people to gather in the city centre in the course of the three-day event.

The University of Jyväskylä’s ”Hiukkasen valoa” [Particle of Light] happening also attracted an amazing 1 000+ people. Syysyön juoksu [Autumn Night Run], Valoajo [Lights On Cycle Ride] and guided walking tours of the Lutakko and Äijälänranta areas of the city attracted several hundred participants between them.

Support from partners made the event possible

In the view of City of Light coordinator Jani Ruotsalainen substantial numbers of participants in the various locations were to be expected, although the massive turnout did come as something of a surprise.

– It is really heart-warming to see how important this festival of light is to the people of Jyväskylä. For instance there were many families with small children involved throughout the event each evening. We also received an enormous amount of super-positive feedback via various channels during the event week.

The number of people participating was calculated in various ways, using gate counters, for instance, as well as a head-count of those present at different happenings taken by students. The large number of participants in turn was also boosted by the fact that Jyväskylä Region Transport laid on free Linkki bus rides for city residents from Thursday to Saturday from 6 pm to midnight. According to statistics the number of people using the city’s buses rose by approximately 140 per cent during the campaign.

The staging of the City of Light event was made possible by the financial support provided by 35 different companies, without which the event could not take place

– In close cooperation with various partners we’ve succeeded in putting together an event with a strong programme that has obvious audience appeal, Jani Ruotsalainen underlines.

Further information:
- City of Light coordinator Jani Ruotsalainen, tel. +358 400 642 364, jani.ruotsalainen[at]jkl.fi
- video of Ocubo’s ”Virtuaalinen tanssija” [Virtual Dancer] installation
- photos of the event and new illuminated locations. All the photos were taken by Touho Häkkinen.

5.9.2014

City of Light Newsletter - September 2014

The event to conclude the Jyväskylä-led Light in the City project will be arranged from October 23rd-25th, 2014 in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna. The event will feature an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, as well as interactive workshops, site visits, and a Guerrilla Lighting event. Click here to view whole newsletter.

5.9.2014

Light artists chosen for Jyväskylä-led Nordic Light event in Eskilstuna, Sweden


Pictured here is a permanent light installation by Arto Heiskanen dating from 2014

The networking and expo event for light artists to be held in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna on October 25th attracted applications from 42 light artists by close of call.

On the basis of the applications the expert jury, consisting of representatives of the City of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä Art Museum, the Central Finland district of Pohjola-Norden - The Norden Association, Stockholm Konst and Stockholm County Council decided to choose 8 artists, who will enjoy an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event.

– The Finnish participants are Arto Heiskanen (Tampere), Joonas Saaranen (Tampere) and Kari Alonen (Jyväskylä), reveals Elli Räsänen, Coordinator of Jyväskylä’s City of Light project which leads the Nordic Light project. In her view the Nordic Light project is aimed at supporting opportunities for Nordic light artists to develop an international profile and boosting international interest in Nordic light art as a whole.

Occasion to showcase artwork and network

The 8 deserving artists selected for the event will each show their own portfolio in Eskilstuna on October 25th. The event will include a panel discussion with experts from the field of light art.

Examples of Nordic light art will be on show as part of the international Light in the City lighting branch conference to be held in Eskilstuna from October 23rd-25th. The programme also includes practice-oriented workshops, a Guerrilla Lighting happening and a guided tour of the city’s illuminated locations. The unifying goal of these activities is to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organised and to create opportunities for participating municipal decision-makers, lighting branch professionals and actors in other fields to become networked.

Further information:

Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, +358 50 570 8941, elli.rasanen[at]jkl.fi


13.6.

City of Light Newsletter - June 2014

The event to conclude the Light in the City project will be held under Jyväskylä’s supervision on October 23rd - 25th in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna. The event will feature an extensive line up of local and international keynote speakers, as well as interactive workshops, site visits, and a Guerrilla Lighting event.

Click here to view whole newsletter.


12.5.2014

Jyväskylä-led event on urban lighting gathered more than 170 participants from across Europe in Tartu (Estonia)


Guerrilla Lighting event in Tartu, photo by Urmo Männi
The city of Tartu (Estonia) was the venue for a Jyväskylä-led event on urban lighting from 7.-9.5.2014. The successful event, titled The Light in the City, was the second in a series, and forms a part of the Light in the City project, funded by the European Union's Europe for Citizens Programme.

– It was a great honor and pleasure for the City of Tartu to host the 2nd Light in the City event. The event brought more than 170 participants from 9 different countries in Tartu. Those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities, says Jaanus Tamm, Project Manager from Tartu City Government.

City networks were also well represented at the event: participants included delegates from Eurotowns (Europe-wide network for towns and cities with populations between 50 000 and 250 000), LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International Association), as well as the twin towns of the host city, Tartu. The event was organized by the City of Jyväskylä and the City of Tartu, and was held in partnership with a number of organizations, including the Nordic Culture Fund and the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media.

The aim: lighting in accordance with sustainable development

The Light in the City event featured introductions to environmentally friendly urban lighting using both Tartu and Jyväskylä as case examples. The topics on display included urban lighting projects in Tartu, sustainability of LED Lighting, light pollution, the illumination of Jyväskylä’s Äijälänranta, the venue for the 2014 Housing Fair in Finland, as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting projects.

– The programme included practice-oriented workshops, a Guerrilla Lighting event, a guided tour of the city’s illuminated locations and a networking event aimed at lighting artists. The unifying goal of these activities was to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organized and to create opportunities for participating municipal decision-makers, lighting branch professionals and actors in other fields to become networked”, states Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator from City of Jyväskylä.

Guerrilla Lighting event attended by over 300

Organized as part of the Light in the City event, the phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” transformed the streets of Tartu for a fleeting moment on Thursday the 8th of May. The march started from the University Library and there were more than 300 people attending the event.

The idea, first realized in Manchester in 2006 by English lighting designer Martin Lupton, is intended to provoke a discussion about lighting design by providing a concrete example of what lighting can achieve.

During the event, a group of people occupied the streets of Tartu with powerful rechargeable lights according to a carefully conceived plan. Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä, had selected four targets for illumination. The sites were: University Library, Keskpark playground, Keskpark park area and Kaarsild bridge. Tartu got illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

Examples of Nordic lighting art

On Friday the 9th of May, lighting artists involved in the Nordic Light project gathered in Tartu. The event attracted applications from 63 lighting artists by close of call. On the basis of the applications the expert jury decided to choose 21 artists from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Estonia, who enjoyed an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event, explains Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser at the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media.

The event included a panel discussion, intriguingly titled The Meaning of Light, an introduction to the themes of which was provided by the Estonian lighting designer Priit Tiimus, known among other things as the organizer of the Tallinn Light Biennale light festival. Other participants in the panel included: Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Artist, Stratimirovic Art Light Design, Ingemar Johansson, Head of Street lighting, City of Gothenburg, Karin Ermegård, Landscape Architect, Eskilstuna Municipality, Ulla Ridderberg, Artist and William Dennisuk, Artist, Member of Sculptors Union of Finland.

– The event provided a chance to meet fellow artists and the various interested groups, organizations, city planners, and all others working in the field. It was a well-organized and informative event, says William Dennisuk, one of the 21 deserving artists selected for the event.

Light in the City project

The Light in the City event in Tartu was the second in a series, and forms part of a joint project, Light in the City, which involves four European cities as well as the LUCI Association. The project is being funded from the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme and led by City of Jyväskylä, Finland. The event to conclude the Light in the City project will be held in Eskilstuna October 23-25, 2014. The complete program and registration information will soon be available on the project website.

Materials from the Tartu seminar

Seminar presentations.
Photos from the Light in the City seminar.
Photos from the Tartu Guerrilla Lighting event.
Photos are to be used in conjunction with editorial content directly related to the Light in the City project. When using these photos, please credit the photographers / © City of Light Jyväskylä. Should you publish a photo, please send us a copy of the publication.

Media Enquiries:
Annukka Larsen, Lighting Designer BA, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, +358 407404717 (Guerrilla Lighting event)
Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, elli.rasanen[at]jkl.fi, +358 505708941 (Light in the City project, Nordic Light project)
Jaanus Tamm, Project Manager, Tartu City Government jaanus.tamm[at]raad.tartu.ee, +372 58506742 (Light in the City event in Tartu)
Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media wanna.spiridonidou[at]arbetsformedlingen.se, +46 104869738 (Nordic Light project)


20.3.2014

Guerrilla Lighting event on Thursday 8th May

The phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” will transform the streets of Tartu, Estonia for a fleeting moment. The Guerrilla Lighting march starts from University Library (Tartu Ülikooli Raamatukogu, Wilhelm Struve 1) on Thursday 8th May at 22:00.

What is the aim of Guerrilla Lighting?

The idea, first realized in Manchester in 2006 by English lighting designer Martin Lupton, is intended to provoke a discussion about lighting design by providing a concrete example of what lighting can achieve. The objective of the event is to enjoy the light and raise a discussion on city lighting. Nowadays it is possible to reach a comfortable and secure city environment and the implementation can be at the same time impressive and energy-efficient. Guerrilla team also promotes architectural lighting design as a profession and an important field of urban planning.

During the event, a group of people “occupy” the city's streets with powerful, hand-held lights according to a carefully conceived plan. Participants in the occupation are instructed on their role in the performance, and on the night, they proceed with hand-held lights and color filters to illuminate one site at a time, and only for a moment. Tartu gets illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

Get ready for Guerrilla Lighting march!

Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä, Finland has selected four targets for illumination. In each case, a horn is sounded and the site briefly illuminated. During that time, the spectacle is photographed and documented, and the pictures provided to the media right afterwards.

Guerrilla Lighting Event is organized by the City of Jyväskylä and the City of Tartu. It is a part of the international Light in the City conference and project funded by the Europe for Citizens programme. The project is led by the City of Jyväskylä with partners including the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, Hasselt in Belgium and the City of Tartu in Estonia.

The organizers offer a warm welcome to anyone wishing to join the march!

View photos from the first Guerrilla Lighting event organized as part of the Light in the City project in Hasselt Belgium on Fri 18th Oct 2013.

Contacts:
Annukka Larsen, City of Jyväskylä, annukka.larsen[at]jkl.fi, tel. +358 40 740 4717
Elo Kiivet, Architect, Tartu City Government, elo.kiivet[at]raad.tartu.ee, +372 736 1219


19.2.2014

City of Light Newsletter - February 2014

The 2nd international lighting-branch seminar "Light in the City" will be arranged under Jyväskylä’s supervision from May 7th-9th, 2014 in the Estonian city of Tartu. Already more than 60 municipal decision-makers and lighting experts have expressed their intention to participate!

Click here to view whole newsletter.


22.1.2014

Lighting artists chosen for upcoming Nordic Light event in Tartu, Estonia


Pictured here is a temporary lighting installation Oulun linna by Tarja Ervasti dating from 2013.

The networking and expo event for light artists to be held in the Estonian city of Tartu on May 9th attracted applications from 63 light artists by close of call.

On the basis of the applications the expert jury, consisting of representatives of the City of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä Art Museum, the Central Finland district of Pohjola-Norden - The Norden Association, Stockholm Konst and Stockholm County Council decided to choose 21 artists, who will enjoy an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event.

– The artists chosen include big names from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Estonia. The Finnish participants are Ainu Palmu (Helsinki), Kari Kola (Joensuu), Tarja Ervasti (Fiskars) and William Dennisuk (Imatra), reveals Elli Räsänen, Coordinator of Jyväskylä’s City of Light project which leads the Nordic Light project. In her view the Nordic Light project is aimed at opening the door to Europe for Nordic lighting artists.

Knowledge, expertise and networking

The 21 deserving artists selected for the event will each show their own portfolio in Tartu on May 9th. The event will include a panel discussion, intriguingly titled The Meaning of Light, an introduction to the themes of which will be provided by the Estonian lighting designer Priit Tiimus, known among other things as the organiser of the Tallinn Light Biennale light festival.

Examples of Nordic lighting art will be on show as part of the international Light in the City lighting branch conference to be held in Tartu from May 7th-9th. The programme also includes practice-oriented workshops, a Guerrilla Lighting happening and a guided tour of the city’s illuminated locations. The unifying goal of these activities is to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organised and to create opportunities for participating municipal decision-makers, lighting branch professionals and actors in other fields to become networked.

The conference in Tartu is an opportunity to update and refresh thinking, ideas and visions of lighting design. It is an opportunity to get together and have some fun with positive, enlightened people. Tartu offers a package which allows you to understand where the lighting industry is going and possibly find new ideas, – suggests the conference’s keynote speaker on May 8th, the Finnish lighting designer Roope Siiroinen.


20.1.2014

Registration open for the Light in the City event in Tartu!

Online registration is now open for the “Light in the City”, taking place from Wednesday the 7th to the Friday the 9th May 2014 in Tartu, Estonia. It is the second international lighting branch conference organized in the framework of the Light in the City project, led by the City of Jyväskylä and funded by the EU programme “Europe for Citizens”. Click here for more information.


19.12.2013

Season's Greetings!

City of Light project's year 2013 in photos!


14.11.2013

Jyväskylä joins LUCI’s Executive Committee

Jyväskylä was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) at the association’s annual general meeting held on 14.11. in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The Executive Committee of LUCI comprises 12 members in total. Seats on the Executive Committee are awarded on the basis of applications. Jyväskylä was elected to the Executive Committee at the second attempt. Jyväskylä is the first member city from Finland to be granted a seat on LUCI’s Executive Committee.

The gathering in Guangzhou also approved the association’s new rules, which will become effective from the 2014 annual general meeting onwards. For this reason Jyväskylä will exceptionally serve on the Executive Committee for just one year, but at the end of this term of office membership of the committee can be re-applied for.

Significant benefits for Jyväskylä

Membership of the Executive Committee will strengthen Jyväskylä’s position as a frontrunner in Finnish urban lighting and the world’s northernmost City of Light. Prior to this Jyväskylä has worked actively among other things as a member city of LUCI and as the host city of the international LUCI seminar in 2012.

Through the association Jyväskylä obtains precious first-hand knowledge of topical issues and projects in the field of urban lighting. As a member of the Executive Committee Jyväskylä will enjoy excellent opportunities to boost the international debate and exchange of information related to the development of urban lighting culture. In consequence, work on the Executive Committee will support Jyväskylä’s efforts to develop urban lighting further, with an emphasis on ecological sustainability, energy efficiency, safety, and public appeal.


8.11.2013

Nordic Light pushes the boundaries of Nordic lighting art

The Belgian city of Hasselt was the venue for a networking and expo event for lighting artists held on 19 October. In the course of the event 14 Nordic lighting artists presented their work.

The event was the first in a series, and forms part of a two year joint project entitled “Nordic Light”. The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund.

Showcase for lighting artwork

In 2014, the project is going to organize two more events aimed at lighting artists. At these gatherings Nordic lighting artists will have the opportunity to exhibit their artworks and engage with others working in the field internationally.

The target group at these events includes in particular decision-makers at municipal level, the organizers of lighting events and other representatives from the lighting industry.

The events comprise a portfolio seminar and networking sessions. The portfolio seminars showcase artworks by lighting artists that have been selected by a jury of international art consultants and curators. At any one event some 15-20 artists will present their digital art portfolios on big screen.

Next event in Tartu on May 9th 2014 - Apply now!

The project’s next event will be staged in the Estonian city of Tartu on May 9th 2014. The artists taking part in the project will be chosen via a process of open application. The application deadline is December 9th. Further information and details of how to apply can be found here.

For more information please contact:
Wanna Spiridonidou - Eures Advisor, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture and Media, +46 10 486 97 38, wanna.spiridonidou[at]arbetsformedlingen.se
Elli Räsänen - City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, +358 50 570 8941, elli.rasanen[at]jkl.fi


22.10.2013

City of Light Newsletter - October 2013

The Belgian city of Hasselt was the venue for a Jyväskylä-led seminar on urban lighting held from 17.-19.10.2013. The seminar was the first in a series, and forms part of a joint project, Light in the City, which involves four European cities as well as the LUCI Association. The project is being funded from the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme.

The weekend lighting seminar attracted more than 150 participants from 12 different countries. Those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities.

Click here to view whole newsletter.


25.9.2013

Jyväskylä's City of Light event, September 26th-28th

To be staged for the eighth time on September 26th-28th this year, the City of Light event offers not only a fabulous light experience but also a chance for each and everyone to participate in fashioning what goes on.

The opening of the event will be staged at Kompassi - the heart of Jyväskylä’s Kauppakatu pedestrian area – on Thursday 26.9. from 19.30 onwards. Subsequent to the opening ceremony participants will make a short hop to the valley of the River Tourujoki to experience the "Joen varjot" (River Shadows) light installation, which is one of the biggest of its kind ever created in Finland. This year the event includes some twenty or so lateral events, with free admission to almost all of them. Please explore the programme here (in Finnish).


9.9.2013

City of Light Newsletter - September 2013

The networking and expo event for light artists to be held in the Belgian city of Hasselt on October 19th attracted applications from 45 light artists by close of call. On the basis of the applications the expert jury, consisting of representatives of the City of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä Art Museum, the Central Finland district of Pohjola-Norden - The Norden Association, Stockholm Konst and Stockholm County Council decided to choose 20 artists, who will enjoy an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event.

Click here to view whole newsletter.


28.6.2013

Registration open for the Light in the City event in Hasselt!

Online registration is now open for the “Light in the City”, taking place from Thursday the 17th to the Saturday the 19th October 2013 in Hasselt, Belgium. It is the first international lighting branch conference organized in the framework of the Light in the City project, led by the City of Jyväskylä and funded by the EU programme “Europe for Citizens”. Click here for more information.


13.6.2013

Call for Lighting Artists

The City of Light project has launched Nordic Light, a project that not only pushes the boundaries of Nordic light art, but provides a showcase and a chance for it to be experienced. The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund. The artists taking part in the project will be chosen via a process of open application. The first event will be staged on October 19th 2013 in the Belgian city of Hasselt. Further information and details of how to apply can be found here.


27.5.2013

Jyväskylä’s City of Light project is the 2013 Achievement in Municipal Engineering

SKTY, the Finnish Municipal Engineering Association, has chosen the City of Jyväskylä’s City of Light project as the 2013 Achievement in Municipal Engineering.

In the award justifications it was stated that the City of Jyväskylä’s City of Light project is a long-term project that has extended over several years and been implemented using new technology. By replacing and improving the lighting of streets, bridges, public buildings and outdoor areas illumination of the city has been rendered energy-efficient. It serves residents of Jyväskylä in a variety of ways during the hours of darkness and creates a safe and pleasant urban environment.

The judges were particularly impressed by the fact that Jyväskylä has chosen a sector of municipal engineering as its brand and is building a reputation for itself as the City of Light. In 2012 a number of high-profile lighting installations were completed in Jyväskylä, including Äijälänsalmi bridge, the city’s main street Kauppakatu, Moirislampi park, Oikokatu and Korpilahti church.

An important component of the City of Light project is the Environmentally Friendly Outdoor Lighting initiative, as a result of which the energy consumption of the city’s outdoor lighting has been successfully cut by 40 per cent in just a few years. Simultaneously the city’s annual carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by 1 665 tonnes.

Since 1989 SKTY has announced the Achievement in Municipal Engineering of the Year at its annual Municipal Engineering event. Municipalities or individual actors have the right to submit nominations for the award, which are then assessed by a panel of media people reinforced by a representative of SKTY. This year’s winner was decided by representatives of the journals Rakennuslehti (construction), Tekniikka & Talous (engineering and business), Tie & Liikenne (roads and transportation), Kuntatekniikka-lehti (municipal engineering) and Finland’s largest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

The winner and honorary mentions were announced on Friday 17.5. at Spa Hotel Rantasipi Laajavuori, Jyväskylä.


8.3.2013

City of Light Newsletter - March 2013

The City of Jyväskylä will again take part in the Earth Hour event and on Saturday 23.3. shut down the lighting of the city's chief illuminated locations from 20.30-21.30. Jyväskylä encourages residents, organisations and businesses to take part in the world's largest climate change event, which was organised last year in over 7000 cities around the world.

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15.2.2013

Eskilstuna lights up the abandoned `Tunafors Factories´

On the 23rd of January, some 30 government officials and lighting professionals of Eskilstuna brought light with powerful flashlights to the abandoned factory area called 'The Tunafors Factories' (Tunafors fabriker) located on southern outskirts of Eskilstuna. Click here to learn more.


5.10.2012

City of Light Newsletter - October 2012

The City of Light 2012 event was a great success, and the City of Light team would like to say a big thank you to all those who attended!

The seventh City of Light event saw the unveiling of 14 new permanently illuminated locations including the Äijälänsalmi Bridge, the Moirislampi Park and the Korpilahti Church. Currently, the city already has more than 80 permanent lighting installations.

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26.9.2012

Light in the City project off to a good start

The European Commission has approved funding for a joint project involving four European cities entitled “Light in the City”. The application for EU funding was submitted by the City of Jyväskylä, whose partners in the project are the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, Hasselt in Belgium and the City of Tartu in Estonia. Funding was granted for a two year joint project coordinated by Jyväskylä from the Europe for Citizens programme’s aid scheme intended for thematic networks among municipalities.

Press release


21.9.2012

City of Light 2012 Event

The ten-day event features various light installations and light-themed events, with free admission to almost all of them. Take a look at the contents of the event and come to experience light!

The City of Light 2012 event will be held 21–30 September 2012.

Free admission, unless otherwise stated. Changes to the schedule are possible.

Check out the event program!


8.3.2012

City of Light event approaching

Jyväskylä is currently getting ready for the City of Light event to be staged 21.9.-30.9. Opening party is open to everyone and will be held in the city centre on Friday 21st at 19:30. The event focuses on quality lighting of the urban environment. It will again present a number of permanent illuminated locations. Further spice is added by exciting experimental illuminated locations and light installations, also because the City of Jyväskylä is celebrating its 175th anniversary.

Jyväskylä is the first place in Finland to have grasped the importance of new-style lighting in built-up areas. The results of this endeavour are shown in the CIty of Light events, but the real work takes place in the time between these happenings. The city's achievements in the field of urban illumination have attracted international attention, too: in 2009 Jyväskylä won first prize in the international city.people.light awards.

For professionals of urban design the event will stage two fine seminars: a national one-day green area lighting seminar on 21st of September and an international LUCI City under Microscope event from 19th to 22nd of September, more info from http://www.luciassociation.org/.

City Under Microscope seminar brochure (pdf)


20.3.2010

Award for Excellent International Activity 2010 to Mr Kari Ström, Deputy City Engineer

Kari Ström has persistently and successfully promoted international relations by utilising the City of Jyväskylä – The City of Light concept, which is one of Jyväskylä’s strategic development projects. Lighting improves safety and comfort during dark seasons. A harmonious public face for the city during the dark period of the year has a positive affect on citizens, local companies and tourism.

The City of Light has been built through collaboration between local companies, real estate owners and the city. To date, Jyväskylä has almost 50 attractive illuminated targets. The urban lighting in Jyväskylä is a crucial part of the city’s image. It is energy-efficient, decreases light pollution, enhances safety and improves the quality of life of citizens.

The persistent and fruitful work of the City of Jyväskylä and its partners in cooperation as a developer of urban lighting received first prize in the international competition city.people.light in October 2009 in Gwangju, South Korea. The competition is organised annually by the multinational electronics corporation Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International association. Jyväskylä received special acknowledgements for how, in addition to its use of lighting in large-scale town planning, it has been able to utilise lighting in smaller public premises as well, such as in parks where light comes into direct contact with humans.

With the award the City of Jyväskylä highlights annually its activities for internationalization, networking, mobility and international visibility. The award was presented to Kari Ström on Saturday 20.3.2010 at the City Library.

Mrs Marketta Mäkinen, Director of International Relations, City of Jyväskylä, phone +358 14 266 1559
Mr Kari Ström, Deputy City Engineer, City of Jyväskylä, phone +358 14 266 5139


7.1.2010

The Trilogy of Light is the latest attraction in Jyväskylä, the City of Light

From now on, the Trilogy of Light installation will provide light, sound and images to enliven the evenings of Jyväskylä's city centre throughout three seasons a year. The Trilogy of Light is the first light/sound/image installation in Finland to be included as a permanent part of the urban environment.

Jyväskylä Lyceum turns into a theatre

The Trilogy of Light, designed by the lighting designer Jukka Korpihete uses the façade of Jyväskylä Lyceum as its main stage, projecting video image and laser effects along with the façade lighting. The sound environment for the installation is produced with audio equipment placed along Asemakatu. Along the street environment an “audio alley” is created, leading to the Kompassi, the centrepoint of the pedestrian street.

Nature and the seasons show in the Trilogy

The Trilogy of Light consists of three ten-minute performances which change according to the season. In winter, the Winter Dream installation is performed on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm. At the beginning of February, the winter installation will change to the Energy spring installation, and the autumn installation Elegy will premier in September 2010.

“With the three different parts of the Trilogy, I want to emphasise the link to the current season. The installation lives with the city residents through the different phases of the year,” says Korpihete.

Free to enter and enjoy!

Sound environment (exclusive to the Trilogy of Light): Juha T Koskinen
Multimedia implementation: Ville Heinonen, Alasinmedia Oy
Equipment and technology: Ideafix Oy
Producer: the City of Jyväskylä
The Trilogy of Light has been paid for by the properties in the Kompassi area, and the City of Jyväskylä. Sponsors include Jyväskylän Real Estate Services of City of Jyväskylä, the Upper secondary school of Jyväskylän Lyseo, Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) of Finland, Kiinteistö Oy Sikla, and Kiinteistö Oy Jyväskylän Torikulma.
Enjoy the Trilogy of Light free of charge. Come and experience it!

Further information:
Ari Peltola, City of Light Coordinator, tel. +358 40 511 0346, firstname.lastname@jkl.fi


19.10.2009

Jyväskylä claims first prize in 2009 city.people.light awards

Finnish city top in seventh contest to recognize application of light in urban well-being

The city of Jyväskylä in Finland has been awarded the first prize in the 2009 city.people.light awards, the annual competition organized by Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International Association (LUCI) to reward projects which demonstrate the contribution lighting can make to the well-being of those who live, work or visit a city or town.



At a ceremony October 19th. in Gwangju, South Korea, Mr. Kari Ström and Mr. Pauli Partanen, representing Jyväskylä were presented with the 2009 city.people.light first prize, in recognition of the city’s ‘City of Light’ project. This initiative set out to position the city as a forerunner in outdoor lighting, investing in the latest lighting technology to enhance its architecture. 



“We appreciated Jyväskylä’s great involvement in using all the potential lighting can offer to stimulate sustainable urban development,” says Iris Dijkstra, an independent lighting designer and president of the multinational city.people.light awards jury. “The City of Light project aims to build high-quality outdoor lighting in a purposeful fashion to highlight architectural gems, as well as to create optical guidance with light. At the same time Jyväskylä will also be able to reduce the energy consumption of its public lighting.”



Jury commented that Jyvaskyla constitutes an example of what an integrated approach of lighting can be. An approach where lighting is a major component of the city’s urban identity, and where concerns for energy efficiency, reducing light pollution and safety, build a lighting respectful of the quality of life of the city’s inhabitants. In Jyvaskyla, light is used to its full potential and the jury particularly appreciated the subtle use of lighting not only for major urban projects but also for smaller public spaces and parks where light is in direct touch with the people.

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