Tampere Light Festival illuminates the streets on 24 October
The Tampere Light Festival will once again cast light in the darkest season of the year. Familiar light figures will light up above the streets of the city centre on Friday 24 October. This year, a light gallery spreading over the western blocks of the centre will be added as a new feature. The opening of the 49th Light Festival will be held in the Central Square on 24 October at 7 p.m.
During the Light Festival, a total of 91 light figures will shine over the streets of the city centre. In addition, 22 figures will illuminate the surroundings of Särkänniemi, Hervanta and Tammelantori. Horses, flowers, Moomins and other familiar figures will be assembled from a total of 15,000 LED lights. The transition from light bulbs to more energy efficient and environmentally friendly LED lights took place in 2012. The light figures bring light to the darkest period of winter until 11 January, i.e. they will be lit up for approximately 920 hours in total.
In addition to the traditional light figures, a light gallery featuring 35 light works will also come to light this year. Light works are projected onto the walls of houses on the west side of the centre, expressing the various shapes of light. Cartoon artists Jukka Tilsa, Emmi Nieminen, Ville Pirinen, JP Ahonen, Tiitu Takalo and Tommi Musturi have designed six light works. Their works can be found at Puutarhakatu 11, 14 ja 15, Satamakatu 7, Näsilinnankatu 40 and Hallituskatu 12. The light gallery will also bring joy to residents of the city until 11 January. Valoa Design is responsible for the light design of the light gallery, Ramboll Finland for its electrical design and A-Insinöörit for the design of attachments. In addition to the City of Tampere, properties and companies in the region have participated in the realisation of the gallery. Tampereen Vera is in charge of contracting.
- The light gallery is projected onto empty walls of houses, such as gables or other locations which have little architectural value. You often see paintings or graphics on such empty walls in Central Europe, and this inspired us to implement the light gallery in Tampere. In the light gallery, empty walls in the city centre are put to use for light art, says project manager Markus Joonas, City of Tampere.
The Light Festival will be opened in a festive ceremony in the Central Square on 24 October at 7 p.m. The opening features the fire and pyrotechnical show of the Flamma fire group, for example. The Light Festival will be opened by Panu Raipia, chairman of Tampere Tunnetuksi ry. The light figures will be lit up after a fireworks display. There will be a special children’s programme from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children may, for instance, participate in light dancing or play shadow theatre. Tampere Public Transport reflectors will be handed out.
The well-known light figures will be hung up over the streets for the last time this year. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Light Festival. To celebrate the event, the Light Festival will undergo a transformation.
The Light Festival brings joy and warmth to the street scene, and, in addition, the lighting improves safety and attracts the city’s residents to spend time in the centre. The Light Festival is run by Tampere Tunnetuksi ry in cooperation with the City of Tampere. Tampere Tunnetuksi ry represents the companies and properties of the city centre. Tampereen Vera takes care of the installation and maintenance of the light figures.
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Text Anna-Maria Jaakkola