Lights in Alingsås returns

(Sweden) – Scandinavian light festival teases upcoming theme, lighting designer line-up and media partnership with mondo*arc.

Swedish-based light art festival has announced the workshop heads who will be involved with the 2016 event, along with its theme and media partnership with mondo*arc.

The designers whose light installations will brighten up Alingsås this autumn are: Chiara Carucci, Italy, Carissa Brockway, USA, Debra Gilmore, USA, Erik Hagström, Sweden, Ignacio Valero, Spain, Jytte Basler, Germany, Sabine (Maria Celia) De Schutter, Belgium and Tad Trylski, England. All of whom are known in the international world of lighting and in their own fields.

Following an initial meeting with representatives from Alingsås municipality, IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers), Alingsås Energy and the project organisers of the festival, the mission was settled to think about the theme of this year’s festival and the route of the light trail.

The whole project team explored Alingsås, taking the chance to soak up the local atmosphere and visited the town’s attractive cafés and restaurants. Behind closed doors, the designers presented their ideas to each other and talked about how sound and light could be integrated to create the best possible effects for visitors.

The theme for the lighting installations will be based on the UN’s seventeen sustainable development goals. During the recent initial meeting, discussions tackled the question of how this year’s designers shall approach their assignment, creating light installations that attract visitors while maintaining high creative standards. The debate will continue for some time before the final decisions are reached.

In 2014 the Lights in Alingsås festival made a three-year agreement with international organisation IALD, which has its head office in Chicago. The agreement stipulates that, every year, IALD will provide suggestions as to which lighting designers will be asked to contribute to the festival. This has meant a strengthening of the international perspective of the festival, which has contributed to the enhanced position of Lights in Alingsås as an international arena and as a place for individuals to develop their skills.

“Now we can see the effect of the new agreement with IALD. Their extensive contacts with lighting designers have raised the level of this autumn’s festival even higher,’’ said Kjell Hult, development manager at Alingsås municipality.

As well as this, Lights in Alingsås has recently concluded an international agreement with mondo*arc.

“We are extremely proud that mondo*arc is interested in the Lights in Alingsås festival, and of course we want to learn how this new development will allow us to attract even more public attention,’’ said Anna Davidsson, business strategist at Alingsås municipality.

Representatives from both mondo*arc and IALD will attend the autumn workshop, where the light installations will be created with the help of approximately 65 international students.

The eight international lighting designers who have been awarded the job of lighting up the town of Alingsås during the Lights in Alingsås festival have been announced.

Lights in Alingsås runs from 30 September to 6 November 2016.