SPOTLIGHT – Bucharest International Light Festival was positioned in 2018 as one of the large scale events in Bucharest, marking the celebration of the Centenary. The event took place between April 12 and 15 in Bucharest and was organized by the Bucharest Municipality through ARCUB.
With an exhibition space of more than 20,000 sqm, a team of more than 300 professionals and artists from 11 countries, an international video mapping contest, 27 light installations and projections and 8 new locations in Bucharest, Spotlight#4 celebrated in 2018 the Centenary year together with more than 500,000 Bucharest people and tourists. For the 2019 edition, the organizers announce an at least as spectacular program as the one of this year.
Joined under the theme of the edition “United We Shine”, the video mapping session, the light installations and projections that were present at Spotlight #4 transformed places and buildings emblematic for the history of the city with national motifs reinvented in dozens of graphic themes, light installations and animated stories projected on the most beautiful columns, domes and facades in the city.
In the four days of the festival, the video mapping projections made the streets in Bucharest become too small for the participants. The Central University Library hosted one of the most applauded projections of the festival, a true history lesson about Calea Victoriei, transposed into mapped video animations. Among the post pleasant surprises of this edition, the public discovered new locations in Bucharest included in the festival, such as the video mapping sessions related to the Centenary, projected on the Bucharest National Theater and the Bucharest City Hall. For the first time, the Triumphal Arch, the Romanian Athenaeum and the Ministry of Internal Affairs were transformed into thematic artistic projections celebrating the year of the Centenary.
To the delight of the general public, the program of the fourth Spotlight edition included spectacular light installations, of which many were interactive: Laser Big Piano placed in the Revolution Square, the interactive Hopscotch on Calea Victoriei or the Nomad Cat.
The festival ended on Sunday evening, on April 15, with the awarding ceremony of the International Video Mapping Contest from the CEC Palace. In the presence of the Artistic Manager of the festival, Birgit Zander, the winner established online by the public was announced. Of the six finalist works projected on the façade of the CEC Palace at Spotlight 2018, the work of the Romanian artists of Mindscape Studio won the big prize of EUR 5,000. The other five competing works belonged to the artists of Darklight Studio from Spain, Hermes Mangialardo from Italy, KEDR Visuals from Russia, Multiscalar from Germany and Skgmedia from China.