International Day of Light

First Day of Light in 2018

Next year and each year thereafter, 16 May will be the International Day of Light. With a wide range of events and activities, the aim is to draw attention to the important role which light plays in our daily lives and also in the sciences, culture, arts, education, medicine, communications and energy use.

After the successful International Year of Light in 2015, the  UNESCO Executive Board decided to make the event an annual "holiday". It will be officially announced at the General Conference in November 2017. On 16 May 2018, an event will be held in Paris which will include presentations by Nobel laureates and other scientists, industry leaders, NGOs and partners from the fields of art, architecture, lighting, design.