Eurotowns member Hasselt (B) was the venue for a Jyväskylä-led seminar on urban lighting held from 17.-19.10.2013. The seminar was the first in a series, and forms part of a joint project, Light in the City, which involves four European cities/three Eurotowns-members as well as the LUCI Association. The project is being funded from the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme.
The weekend lighting seminar attracted more than 150 participants from 12 different countries. Those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities.
Hasselt and Jyväskylä as case examples
The programme featured introductions to environmentally friendly urban lighting using both Hasselt and Jyväskylä as case examples. The topics examined included Hasselt Lighting Master Plan, the illumination of Jyväskylä’s Äijälänranta, the venue for the 2014 Housing Fair in Finland, as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting project.
The seminar weekend in Hasselt coincided with the staging of the city’s light festival, at which the new, permanent illumination of Hasselt City Hall and St Quentin’s Cathedral were unveiled. One item in the light festival’s programme was a Guerrilla Lighting stunt which was implemented as part of the joint project and involved manually illuminating four locations. The aim of this ’attack’ by the lighting guerrillas was to show familiar city locations in a new light and spark debate about urban lighting and its significance. Masses of spectators were in attendance.
The Hasselt guerrilla lighting stunt was the responsibility of Jyväskylä’s City of Light coordinator Annukka Larsen. The lighting guerrillas were charity workers from different organisations. The fee paid to those participating in the event was donated for example to Kolors organisation, providing support for local sports clubs and rural development projects in Nigeria.
Networking event aimed at lighting artists
On Saturday, October 19th lighting artists involved in the Nordic Light networking project gathered in Hasselt. In the course of the event 14 Nordic lighting artists presented their work. The objective of the event was to support opportunities for Nordic lighting artists to develop an international profile and boost international interest in Nordic light art as a whole. The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Fund.
– Engaging with others working in the field is the key to successful projects. It was a fruitful event and I left feeling very inspired, says Meeli Kõiva, one of the artists who took part in the event.
Next Light in the City seminar takes place in Estonia
The Light in the City project’s next seminar will be staged under Jyväskylä’s supervision in the Estonian city of Tartu from 7.-9.5.2014.
– Photos from the Hasselt Guerrilla Lighting event: