06.06.2019

Luminale

Start of the Open Call for Projects at the interface of Light and City

From 12th to 15th March 2020, the Luminale will take place for the tenth time in Frankfurt and Offenbach, beyond the duration of Light + Building (8th to 13th March 2020), the world's leading trade fair for lighting and building technology. Artists and creative minds are invited to submit their ideas and concepts for the “Curated” category by 1st September 2019. The deadline for the “study”, “community” and “better city” program sections, however, is 3rd November 2019.

As in 2018, patron of the Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design is the Mayor of Frankfurt, Peter Feldmann. “We expect the number of visitors to continue to rise in 2020. Already in 2018, over 250,000 Luminale guests were able to enjoy the innovative and fascinating lighting creations, as well as an exciting program in the festival center. After the terrific event in 2018, we decided to support the committed work of the festival team with additional funds from the tourism levy and thus play our part towards ensuring a successful future for the Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design.” Feldmann went on to say, “The Luminale is of immense importance for Frankfurt. With its popular and, at the same time, artistically high-quality program and intellectual discourse, it makes an important cultural contribution to this city. The commitment of the creative people involved, who, on their own initiative, contribute to the program with their ideas and projects, cannot be overestimated. This makes our Luminale unique even by international standards and we can be proud of this in Frankfurt and Offenbach.”

Thematic focus “Digital Romantic”
Light and city are the all-embracing themes of the Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design. For 2020, the Luminale offers a further springboard for artistic works with the thematic focus “Digital Romantic”. The question here is: How can digital and romanticism be integrated in the city? How, or where, can a new Romanticism shape the urban space?

In 2020, when the Deutsche Romantik-Museum in Frankfurt am Main is due to open, the
Luminale is also seeking associations between the Romantic era and the current digital
revolution.

Contribution by the City of Frankfurt manifests the significance of the Festival
Messe Frankfurt, which initiated the festival in 2002, is traditionally one of the major
supporters of the Luminale. Once again, the City of Frankfurt is participating in the Luminale. The Central Office and City Marketing, together with Tourismus+Congress GmbH, will ensure the staging of displays at the Roemerberg, which is again to be a festival highlight in 2020. In the coming year, Frankfurt and its six its partner cities – Lyon, Milan, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Prague and Leipzig – will be celebrating city partnership anniversaries. On this occasion, the Luminale 2020 would like to manifest this cooperation and make it tangible to the public with a communal project at the Roemer.

The Luminale is to become more visible internationally
Since 1st January 2019, the Luminale e.V. is an associate member of the “LUCI Association” (Lighting Urban Community International), an international network comprising 70 cities that use light as an instrument for social, cultural and economic development.

(Source: Press Release)

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