• Lux Helsinki 2014 competition has ended

    The results and the winners of the Lux Helsinki 2014 competition are clear. We asked the participants to name their favorite works of art during years 2009-2013 of the light festival. The most votes went to Casa Magica´s work “Emergence” at Senate square in 2013. Mikki Kunttu and Kasperi Laine´s work “Reflections”, as well at Senate square, in 2010 came second. Jukka Huitila´s work “Variant Spectrum” from year 2012 at the Olympic Stadium Tower got third place and a renewed version of the same work from year 2013 “Variant Spectrum 2” got fourth place.

    The winners of the competition were also drawn and the winners are Mirka Santanen, Jaana Sytelä and Sirpa Karjalainen. They have been notified of the win personally. Congratulations!

  • 150,000 visitors at the event – thank you!

    The Lux Helsinki light event, arranged for the sixth time between 4 and 8 January 2014, brought 150,000 visitors from Helsinki, the rest of Finland and around the world to the centre of the city and to the Cable Factory. The performances by Fire Circus Walkea on Kansalaistori were witnessed by an audience of more than 10,000. An exhibition of light art was held for the first time in Merikaapelihalli at the Cable Factory and attracted circa 6,000 visitors. 

    “Lux Helsinki fulfils the City of Helsinki’s strategic objective of arranging attractive events that are free and open to all residents and visiting tourists. This year we were able to expand the event through collaboration with business partners. We hope that in coming years we will attract even more businesses as organisers of peripheral events and as partners,” says Saila Machere, head of the department in charge of urban marketing at the City of Helsinki.

    “Lux Helsinki is the biggest light-related event in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Having grown to this size, it is starting to make a splash internationally. One of the main objectives is to promote meetings and sharing of experiences between Finnish and international artists,” says the event’s Artistic Director, Markku Uimonen.

    “The joy felt by the audience was palpable – not only onsite but also in social media. It was great to see families with children and senior citizens alike finding their way to the Cable Factory to enjoy the new exhibition. Lux is a genuine opportunity for new audiences to discover art and Helsinki’s events,” says Machere.

    The next Lux Helsinki will take place in January 2015.

    Audience during the performance of Fire Circus Walkea. Photo: Marina Ekroos.

  • Photos updated to the gallery

    Photos from Lux Helsinki 2014 have been updated to the gallery.

    To the gallery

  • The side programme includes e.g. a light art symposium and restaurant discounts

    An international symposium on light art, entitled Invisible Light, will be held from 11 am to 7 pm on Wednesday 8 January at the Kiasma Theatre within the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Beside artists from Lux Helsinki, the symposium’s speakers will include international top names in the field. The symposium is open for everyone and the entry is free of charge. 

    Charity cafés will be run by Kympin Lapset at Kansalaistori and by the Lions Club next to the National Opera’s amphitheatre. Lux Helsinki restaurant discounts will be offered by the National Museum’s café, Cafe Vanha, restaurants Sunn and Nuevo close to Senate Square, and restaurant Macu at Hotel Crowne Plaza in Töölö. 

    Beside the official installations of Lux Helsinki, other lightning venues include the Hbl 150 Years Anniversary Lighting and the light art installation Blue Line above the inner city’s longest undivided street axis, The Union Axis.

    At Hakasalmi Villa you can visit the Brylcreem photography exhibition that brings the 1950s Helsinki to life.

    Read more on the side programme

  • Light and video artist Jari Haanperä receives Finland Prize

    An artist whose work will be shown at Lux Helsinki 2014, Jari Haanperä, and his Suomesta Galleria in Berlin received the Finland Prize on Monday, 16 December 2013. The Prize is awarded in recognition of a significant career in arts, an exceptional artistic achievement, or a promising breakthrough. 

    FYR, an installation comprising more than two hundred storm lanterns and light bulbs, will be set up in the National Museum's courtyard. His video montage called Maailman valo, will be included in the light art exhibition Lux IN in the 'Merikaapelihalli' of the Cable Factory. In this video montage, the lights of different cities intertwine to form a single growing network of lights on the planet. 

    The prize was presented by the Minister of Culture and Sport Paavo Arhinmäki, and the grounds for selecting Haanperä were as follows: "Haanperä is a master at bringing out wonders created by things that appear simple on the surface."