• Valofestivaali Lux Helsinki järjestetään jo kahdeksatta kertaa keskiviikosta sunnuntaihin 6.-10. tammikuuta 2016. (c) Visit Helsinki

Lux Helsinki light festival includes street food, workshops, clubs and discussions 6–10 January 2016

PRESS RELEASE 16.12.2015

The Lux Helsinki light festival will be held in Helsinki, Finland for the eighth time, from 5 pm to 10 pm, Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 January 2016. In addition to displaying light installations, the festival is developing into a more diverse urban celebration: street food will be served on Senate Square and on Annankatu, which will become a pedestrian area. 19 restaurants and cafés located near the festival area will offer tailored refreshments to festival-goers. With activities for people of all ages, the free-of-charge side programme includes clubs arranged in cooperation with Radio Helsinki, a light-themed panel discussion, workshops, supplementary works, and guided walking tours. Lux Helsinki is suitable for the whole family and entry is free of charge.  

The street food selection will take you on a trip around the world to Belgium, Korea and Thailand

Sam McCormick's Korean-style Kimchi Wagon; Bel Gaufres, which sells authentic Belgian waffles; and The Alexanders, a family business which aims to take street food to a new level, will provide street food on Senate Square. Thai Papaya, which offers culinary experiences based on authentic Thai cuisine, Soi Soi, which sells vegetarian fast food, Café Citikka, which serves hot drinks and Ylijyrkkiön tila, which provides lamb delicacies, will be located on Annankatu. The full list of caterers will be confirmed during December.

The following restaurants providing special festival offers are located close to the festival area: Aschan Café Jugend, Bar Loose, Bryggeri Helsinki, Carte d'Or Gelateria, Ciao! Caffè & Winebar, Fransmanni, Grande Grill, Iguana/Keskuskatu, Iguana/Mannerheimintie, Jääpuiston Kahvila (Icepark Café), Latva, Memphis Hesari, Morrison’s Grill & Green, Robert’s Coffee Kluuvi, Santa Fe, Savotta, Sunn, Toscanini/Hotelli Klaus K and 'Why join the navy when you can be a pirate'.

The side programme will complement the festival with discussions, clubs and additional artworks

Most side programme events will be held between 5 pm and 10 pm, unless otherwise announced.

Aschan Café Jugend, which is located on Pohjoisesplanadi, will serve as the Lux Helsinki Café, where you can mingle with other festival visitors. Works by artist Ishmail Sandstroem will be on display at the café. In addition, a panel discussion on the theme of light and moderated by Radio Helsinki will be held there on Thursday 7 January at 7.30 pm.

All festival-goers are welcome to continue the evening indoors in Radio Helsinki's DeLUXe clubs at Bar Loose and the 'Why join the navy when you can be a pirate' bar on Annankatu, where top DJs will entertain you on each day of the festival from 5 pm to 10 pm.

Seven different workshops, performances or installations based on light-related themes will be held in the Valoleikkipuisto (Light Playground) at Annantalo. In Annantalo, you can recover from the winter blues, enjoy light painting, explore a light jungle and go all the way AR OU ND. From 7 pm to 10 m on Saturday 9 January you can paint to rhythms chosen by DJ Kristiina Männikkö at the Valograffiti workshop.

In the hall of the Ateneum Art Museum, you can watch light-themed, experimental Finnish short films from AV-arkki (the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art) from 5 pm to 6 pm on Saturday 9 January.

As well as light installations, a number of complementary artworks can be found along the route. Beautifully illuminated snowballs will float above the Icepark. A light artwork exploring the potential of shop-front windows can be seen in the window of Taiga Colors Helsinki. The Mobile Home sculpture and the installation, Keisarin uudet vaatteet (The Emperor's New Clothes), can be seen at Annantalo. Kahvisalongin kuosikimara will feature fabrics by Finnish textile and surface designers, reflected in the window of Bulevardin Kahvisalonki and synchronised to music by Lau Nau.

Guided, free-of-charge walking tours will be held each day in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian.

16 light installations will be displayed on the Kaivokatu-Senate Square-Bulevardi-Annankatu route

The festival will feature a number of artistic highlights from European light festivals and several commissioned works specially created for the event by Finnish artists.
The works will be placed along a new route starting at the Ateneum Art Museum and ending at Annantalo. They can be seen on Kaivokatu, Yliopistonkatu, Senate Square, Sofiankatu, Esplanadi, Bulevardi and Annankatu. Discover the works here: www.luxhelsinki.fi/en
The festival will be organised by the City of Helsinki. Päivi Meros, an Event Producer with Visit Helsinki, will coordinate the event on behalf of the City of Helsinki and Sun Effects Oy will be in charge of production. The festival’s Artistic Director is Ilkka Paloniemi and the Technical Director is Matti Jykylä.
The festival partners include Shader and Sun Effects. The festival is in collaboration with Bright and Radio Helsinki.
Photos and press releases:

Media contacts:
Anna Kari, Pink Eminence Oy, tel. +358 40 717 8185, anna (at) pinkeminence.fi

Website and social media
Website: www.luxhelsinki.fi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luxhelsinki
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LuxHelsinki
Instagram: http://instagram.com/luxhelsinki