Big launch for Tampere’s Festival of Light in Koskipuisto Park on 27 October
The Festival of Light’s opening ceremony will take place in the city’s Koskipuisto Park on 27 October at 7 p.m. The programme for the event includes the breathtaking Tammerkoski laser show and is set to culminate in a stunning fireworks display. The event’s headline act is Diandra Flores. This is the 52nd time the Festival of Light returns to Tampere to illuminate the city during the darkest time of the year. The festival run is set to conclude on 11 March 2018.
Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Chair of the City Council, has been invited to open the event, and it will be hosted by Panu Raipia with a live performance by the charismatic and talented Diandra Flores. The city’s Tammerkoski rapids will be lit by lasers and pyrotechnical installations that are designed to skim the water’s surface. The opening ceremony will culminate in a fireworks display which this year will take place in Kirjastonpuisto Park.
The best place to view all the action will be the Koskipuisto area adjacent to the Cumulus Koskikatu hotel. The northern end of the Hämeenkatu pedestrian zone, Patosilta Bridge and Kirjastonpuisto Park will be closed for the duration of the event.
This year, the Festival of Light will again take over Tampere’s streets, featuring new and familiar illuminations, including projected lighting patterns, light spheres, pendant lights, lit fabric installations, architectural illuminations and an exhibition in the Valogalleria gallery. The latest addition to the festival offering is the unique and distinctive installation at the beach in Hiedanranta.
“The trees lining Hämeenkatu will be decorated with light spheres. This year they will also be hung in Hämeenpuisto Park on both sides of Hämeenkatu. The tramworks will also be lit up this year," reveals Markus Joonas, the Festival of Light’s Project Manager responsible for all lighting design.
The team behind the event are keen to ensure that the festival returns every year with new and exciting features. This year, Hiedanranta beach has been added to the list of festival sites. The light installations at Tammerkoski have been updated as part of the Five Star City Centre development programme and will be switched on for the first time during the Festival of Light launch event. Tampereen Sähkölaitos is introducing a new light sequence to Hämeenkatu. Also coinciding with the Festival of Light is the launch of a new lighting design to illuminate the TOAS building mural. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the themed installations at the Ratina shopping centre and the updated illuminations in Vuolteentori.
Lamp posts along Tullikamari Square, Tammelantori Market, Aleksis Kiven katu and the Hatanpää road will be lit, while light projections and an ice lantern will be placed on Tuomiokirkonkatu. Itäinen katu will be lit with cable lighting and the veiled lighting at Kuninkaankatu is set to return.
Tampere Art Museum and Visit Tampere have joined forces to create the Light Gallery, which will stretch across the city centre’s western quarters for the duration of the festival. To mark Finland’s centenary year, blue and white have been chosen as this year’s theme colours. The gallery will showcase works by as many as 15 artists. All works in the display have been sourced from collections managed by the City of Tampere, and this year’s special theme will also be reflected in the colour schemes of the works chosen for display.
The occasion will also be evident in other lighting installations around Tammerkoski rapids. Näsinneula Observation Tower is due to be bathed in a light art installation that, along with five other artworks situated around Finland, makes up a single larger work, titled Luminous.
Tampere’s first ever Festival of Light took place in 1966. The Light Festival brings joy and warmth to the city’s street scene, while the lighting also improves safety and encourages residents to spend more time in the city centre. The Festival of Light is organised by the City of Tampere, Visit Tampere and Tampere Art Museum. The City of Tampere assumes responsibility for the light figures, with Tampereen Vera Oy in charge of maintenance.