Lilu Light Festival Lucerne

We will make Lucerne shine again in January! The next Lilu will take place from 12 to 22 January 2023.

21. November 2022

Together we color the city

The light installation "Color the City" is all about connection.

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18. November 2022

Completion music program

We announce more live concerts and complete the music program for Lilu Light Festival Lucerne 2023.

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09. November 2022

Program highlights and presale start

The Lilu Light Festival Lucerne presents the first light installations for the fourth edition in 2022 and starts ticket sales.

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27. October 2022

4th Lilu takes place in reduced version

We will make Lucerne shine again in January! The next Lilu will take place from 12 to 22 January 2023.

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  • Together we color the city

    Color the City, a light installation by the Dutch collective Mr.Beam, is all about connection. From young to old, everyone can become part of the installation at Hotel Stern Luzern in advance and help shape it with their creativity. Download the template and color it according to your creative ideas with bright colors. Then submit your artwork here by January 2, 2023. We are looking forward to your ideas!
  • Completion music program

    We announce more live concerts and completes the music program for the Lilu Light Festival Lucerne 2023. The light show ÄON in the Jesuit Church will be completed with the concerts of Dino Brandão (17.01) and Michael von der Heide (18.01) in addition to the already communicated performances of Marius Bear (15.01) and Joya Marleen (16.01).

    In addition, the ÄON light show will be accompanied daily at selected times by organist Suzanne Z’Graggen. She is an organ lecturer and head of the church music staff at the HSLU Music. She also serves as concert organist and church music director at the Jesuit Church in Lucerne. All tickets are now available in advance.

  • Program highlights and presale start

    The first projects of the 4th Lilu Light Festival Lucerne, which will take place from 12 to 22 January 2023, are ready to be announced. As a special highlight, the festival management presents the light show ÄON with special concerts by internationally renowned Swiss musicians and surprising light installations, some of which the public can help to design. Tickets are now available in advance.

  • 4th Lilu takes place in reduced version

    From January 12 to 22 2023 Lucerne will once again be shining – but in a reduced version! Due to the current situation regarding the energy supply, the festival management hasn’t made an easy the decision about the implementation. However, in consultation with the municipality of Lucerne, they want to hold on to Lilu Light Festival Lucerne. Therefore, the energy consumption of the festival will be reduced by at least 30%, whereby a 20% reduction in energy usage is the target set by the municipality of the city Lucerne. The city administration also demands a concrete plan of measures how this target can be reached. Both municipality of Lucerne and the festival management agree: Cultural winter events are socially important and support the economy in an otherwise already challenging time.

     

     

Light installations

The first projects of the 4th Lilu Light Festival Lucerne are ready to be announced. The light show ÄON with special concerts by internationally renowned Swiss musicians in the Jesuit Church stands out as a special highlight.

  • Stargazing

    Kapellplatz, Luzern, Schweiz

    The sun rises over Lake Lucerne and soon retreats to sleep. Dragons shoot out of the last sunrays, chasing each other across the sky and setting it on fire. The ash clouds subside and allow a clear view of twinkling stars. The stars dance together in various constellations. As the moon sneezes, they get blown out of the sky. The stars fall into the dark lake and transform into golden fish. Only one star cannot transform and sinks to the bottom of the lake. Luckily for him, one of the fish follows him into the depths. At the bottom they are attacked and quickly flee towards the surface of the water. The goldfish and the star reunite with their fellow fish and together defeat the catfish. The other fish come out of their hiding places and celebrate with the goldfish.

    Hochschule Luzern Design&Kunst Bachelor Animation

    Students of the Lucerne School of Art & Design Bachelor Animation: Sven Bachmann, Léa Deregnaucourt, Luwam Ghebrehiwet, Elina Huber, Noémi Knobil, Isabel Pahud, Inna Soroka, Yeon Jeong Shin, Polina Tyrsa, Jill Vágner, Viktoriia Vasylets, Leo Brennauer.
    Mentors: François Chalet.
    Sound mix: Thomas Gassmann.
    Production: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Jürgen Haas

    The project is supported by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and St Peter's Chapel.

  • Light show ÄON

    Jesuit Church St Francis Cavier, Bahnhofstrasse, Luzern, Switzerland

    Äon is a wonderful journey through the four seasons - a homage to life and eternity. The 30-minute show by the artist collective Projektil is even bigger this year and celebrates its world premiere in the impressive Jesuit Church in Lucerne. Created especially for Lilu, Äon tells the touching metamorphosis of spring, summer, autumn and winter and takes the audience on a colourful rollercoaster of emotions. Äon creates a fifth season that is capable of devouring space and time and setting the universe's cycle to zero.

    Projektil

    Once again, Projektil enriches the Lilu Light Festival Lucerne with an impressive light show and invites both young and old to this unique, immersive experience. The Zurich-based artist collective Projektil is looking for new ways of storytelling. In recent years, they have delighted large audiences with shows such as Illuminarium, Light Ragaz and Viva Frida Kahlo in the MAAG light hall.

    This project is supported by the Catholic Church of Lucerne.

  • In and Out

    Peterskapelle, Kapellplatz, Luzern, Schweiz

    The project is an audiovisual dialogue experiment between the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Design&Art and Music) and the St Peter's Chapel. Students of the Bachelor of Animation developed small animated fragments which, thanks to musical improvisations by students of the Bachelor of Music, are brought together to complete each other, just like a string of pearls. The result is a powerful audiovisual experience in harmony with the gallery of St Peter's Chapel.

    HSLU Design&Kunst und Musik

    Students of the Lucerne School of Art & Design, Bachelor in Animation: Andreani Sara, Berger Frederic, Bison Raul, Dario Boger, Böhme Sarai, Cahn von Seelen Markley, De Caro Luzia Andrea, Ezeani Lelani, Flüeler Flavio, Gastl Olivia, Georgieva Ana, In-Albon Vanessa, Kohler Laura, Koondhor Yangtso, Kristlbauer Sven, Kunz Alice, Lerf Sina Marie, Luomajoki Liina, Marti Dario, Metzger Lena, Müller Janick, Müller Janina, Park Saeyeon, Rubin Ursina, Sellmann Theresa, Spannaus Katharina, Toporova Aleksandra, Zeder Marion, Zuppiger Léa, Zwicky Luzian

    Students of the Lucerne School of Music, Bachelor in Music: Perekrestenko Mariia, Pimentel Ana, Da Cunha Paulo, Beran Amrit, Fridolin Kröhn, Bystrova Diana, Ko Hye Yeon, Lussi Denis, Leutenegger Aaron

    The project is supported by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and St Peter's Chapel.

  • Color The City

    Hotel STERN Luzern, Burgerstrasse, Luzern, Schweiz

    At the heart of Color The City is an ethos of inclusion, freedom of expression and showing people up in the community. Through the celebration of cultural diversity, art and the urban landscape, Color The City offers the city of Lucerne the opportunity to connect with its residents through the magical language of art and wonder. Color the City is a light installation by the Dutch collective Mr. Beam Studio. From young to old, everyone could become part of the installation in advance and help to shape it with creativity.

    Mr.Beam

    Mr.Beam Studio is a collective of multidisciplinary artists, that share the passion for digital art and storytelling. We find great satisfaction in collaborating closely and transforming ordinary objects and architecture into extraordinary forms of media. Mr.Beam’s work results in unique, touching experiences that represent our love for projection mapping, storytelling, motion design and music composition.

    Driven by the possibilities of technology and design, Mr.Beam passionately pushes this philosophy to the limit. Throughout the past years, Mr.Beam has showcased their work internationally, won several awards, and has worked with various acclaimed brands.

    This project is supported by the Hotel Restaurant Stern.

  • Firefly Field

    Inseliquai, Luzern, Schweiz

    Firefly Field is a hypnotizing light installation of numerous flying light points that simulate the movements of these nocturnal lampyridae. Glowing, darting and hovering above the ground. The ever-changing bioluminescence of each one is reflected in the grassy slope. On mass, they create a dynamic light scene that triggers visitors’ curiosity and awe. With Firefly Field the Dutch artists Toer share their fascination for the aesthetics and movement of these tiny, winged creatures, and their interest in the way dynamic moving light can express a mood. This minimalist arrangement consists of specially developed LED light points that seem to hover in mid-air. Their unique dynamic composition gives each firefly its unpredictable and natural movement.

    Studio Toer

    Studio Toer is a multidisciplinary design studio from the Netherlands, founded in 2011 by Castor Bours and Wouter Widdershoven.

  • Donnerkeil

    St. Leodegarstrasse 6, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland

    With the thunderbolt the owner became master of lightning and the thunder that followed. It can be used both as a weapon and as a means of controlling the weather. When it is used as a weapon, the owner hurls it at the earth in a bright beam. This is how the phenomenon of lightning was explained in earlier times.

    Projektil

    Projektil is an innovation agency based in Zurich. We are a collective of conceptual designers, creatives, technologists and artists creating contemporary and innovative media experiences at the intersection of art and technology. This project is supported by the catholic church Lucerne and the restaurant Rebstock.

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