The Light in the City

The city of Tartu, Estonia, was the venue for an event on urban lighting from 7-9 May 2014. The successful event, entitled ‘The Light in the City’, was the second in a series, and forms a part of the ‘Light in the City’ project, funded by the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme.


“The event brought more than 170 participants from nine different countries to the City of Tartu,” said Jaanus Tamm, Project Manager from Tartu City Government. “Those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities.”

City networks were also well represented at the event with participants including delegates from Eurotowns (Europe-wide network for towns and cities with populations between 50,000 and 250,000), LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International Association), as well as the twin towns of the host city of Tartu. The event was organised by the City of Jyväskylä and the City of Tartu, and was held in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Nordic Culture Fund and the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media.

The ‘Light in the City’ event featured introductions to environmentally friendly urban lighting using both Tartu and Jyväskylä as case examples. The topics on display included urban lighting projects in Tartu, sustainability of LED Lighting, light pollution, the illumination of Jyväskylä’s Äijälänranta, the venue for the 2014 Housing Fair in Finland, as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting projects.

“The programme included practice-oriented workshops, a Guerrilla Lighting event, a guided tour of the city’s illuminated locations and a networking event aimed at lighting artists,” said Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator from City of Jyväskylä. “The unifying goal of these activities was to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organised and to create opportunities for participating municipal decision-makers, lighting branch professionals and actors in other fields to become networked.”

The Light in the City event in Tartu was the second in a series, and forms part of a joint project, Light in the City, which involves four European cities as well as the LUCI Association. The project is being funded from the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme and led by City of Jyväskylä, Finland. The event to conclude the Light in the City project will be held in Eskilstuna from 23-25 October 2014.

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