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August 10, 2022

Third edition of the International Festival of Light – SPOTLIGHT kicks off

  • 9 participating countries, video mapping on emblematic buildings in Bucharest


  • 22 art installations, four days of festival, 7000 sqm of exhibition


The International Festival of Light – Spotlight, organized by the Bucharest City Hall and ARCUB, returns between 20-23 April, with a new edition which reinterprets the urban landscape from Bucharest through digital art and multimedia. Every day of festival, from 20:30 to 23:00, Calea Victoriei will become pedestrian between the National Museum of Art and Splaiul Independentei, where more than 20 installations, projections and video mapping sessions will transform the area into a giant exhibition space.

The event with over 200,000 participants in 2016, will begin on Thursday, April 20th, in George Enescu Square, at 20:30 with Illuminaire a light show of the Austrian company Phoenix Fire Dancers.

Among the novelties of the 2017 edition, Art Safari is present at the International Festival of Light in Bucharest with reproductions of Stefan Luchian, which can be seen on the building of Grand Hôtel du Boulevard. Another premiere will be given by MotionLab, nominated last year in the competition of the biggest festival of light in the world, the Circle of Light Festival. Mobius Gallery will exhibit an art installation in the United Nations Plaza and the musician and the visual artist Tom Brandus is included in the festival with two multimedia installations created by Sylenz Media. The portfolio of the third edition of Spotlight is filled by artists from Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Finland, Czech Republic, Poland, France and Austria. Mindscape and Les Ateliers Nomad are also among the Romanian artists in the festival.

The famous video mapping on the Military Circle will not miss from the agenda of the 2017 edition of Spotlight, a hotspot of the first two editions of the festival. Spotlight will completely change, this year, the Novotel Hotel façade, while the National Lottery building on Victoria’s Avenue will be for the first time put in value through a thematic video mapping.

From The Central University Library, to the National Museum of Art of Romania or the Telephones Palace, over eight emblematic buildings in Bucharest will put in a new light, with art installations already awarded at other such festivals in the world while being completed with projects presented for the first time, flashmobs and DJ sets.

The international partners of Spotlight 2017, the International Festival of Light in Berlin and the Signal Festival in Prague, will be present at this festival with installations and projections from Austria, Slovakia, Finland and Germany.

The International Festival of Light – Spotlight 2017 is organized with support from: The National Military Circle, the National Museum of Art of Romania, the Central University Library, the CEC Palace, the National Museum of Romanian History, the National Lottery, Hotel Novotel, Grand Hôtel du Boulevard.

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