The City of Light event
The most well-known event of the project is the City of Light, which is held annually in late September. The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance of urban lighting and related themes. Every year, new permanent lighting destinations are announced during the event, and a seminar aimed for lighting professionals is organized.
The City of Light event was held for the first time in 2003 and since 2010 it has been an annual event on the Jyväskylä calendar. From its early-stage of presenting new lighting destinations, it has grown to become a festival of over 100,000 visitors where art, technology, science and culture meet.
The event is organized in cooperation with the City of Jyväskylä, partner companies, inhabitants, lighting professionals, educational institutions, local businesses, associations and other actors. In 2019, the event reached a staggering amount of 130,000 visitors.
The artworks for the City of Light events are selected with an open call application process during the spring. We pick both new and already well-known artists from Finland and other countries for the event program. The highlight of the 2019 event was 12-meter high MAN sculpture by artist Amanda Parer from Australia.