Lux Helsinki begins today

The Lux Helsinki light festival takes place from 3 to 7 January 2024 and will brighten up the city with over 20 installations.

The annual light festival Lux Helsinki begins today. The impressive light installations can be viewed in the city centre, Hietaniemi Cemetery and cultural centres daily between 5pm and 10pm until Sunday 7 January. The light art at the ongoing Lux Korkeasaari at Helsinki Zoo can also still be enjoyed this week between 10am and 7pm.

The light festival in the city centre stretches from the Kansalaistori square to Senate Square, along Esplanade Park to Erottaja Square, and onwards to the Narinkkatori square in Kamppi. The installations can be viewed in any order, and they are all situated a short distance from each other. The walk from Kamppi to the installation at the graves of the heroes at Hietaniemi Cemetery takes around 20 minutes, or you can take Bus 24, for example. All of the installations are fully accessible.

Lux Helsinki 2024 features both specially commissioned works and light art that has toured around the world. This year’s “Science from Art” theme is diversely represented in the programme by the interpretations of Finnish and international artists. The installation Talking Heads by Viktor Vicsek / Limelight from Hungary brings to the Kansalaistori square two heads that interact with each other by means of over 4000 individually controllable LED lights. On the adjacent media wall outside the Musiikkitalo concert venue, the AI-driven video installation SPECTRUM by C999 celebrates diversity.

Above the Narinkkatori square, the installation City Gazing Helsinki by Amsterdam-based design studio VOUW reveals how Helsinki has developed over the last 100 years as seen from space. The Cultural Centre Stoa in turn presents the interactive installation SUBURBIUM.0001 by Finnish multidisciplinary artist Niko Tiainen. The soundscape and visuality of the work is based on data collected from the surrounding area by different sensors. The data collected from the movements of the audience transforms the algorithm, so that the work is constantly changing.

Numerous cafés and restaurants in the vicinity of the Lux Helsinki installations are open throughout the festival, making it easy to warm up while enjoying the light art. The festival program and more information about this year’s artists and installations can be found on the Lux Helsinki website.

The main partners of Lux Helsinki are UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation, UPM, Helsinki Zoo, Marimekko with Ateneum and Toyota, and its cooperation partners are Clear Channel, the Italian Cultural Institute, Musiikkitalo and Multibeam Finland Oy.

Lux Helsinki is a fully accessible and free event for the whole family that takes place from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 January 2024 daily between 5pm and 10pm. There is a separate entrance fee to Lux Korkeasaari. The festival is organised and produced by the Helsinki Events Foundation. The artistic director of Lux Helsinki is Juha Rouhikoski, whose team of curators also includes Matti Jykylä, Jere Suontausta, Mia Kivinen and Jyrki Sinisalo.

Image: Viktor Vicsek / Limelight (HU) – Talking Heads