The second Vilnius Festival of Lights will illuminate courtyards of the capital
The Vilnius Festival of Lights held on the occasion of the birthday of the capital city having received huge interest from residents will take place for the second time this coming January. On January 24-26, nearly 30 light installations will light up courtyards of Vilnius Old Town – from the Arts Printing House to the courtyard of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
Most of the light installations have already been selected. The highlight of the upcoming Festival of Lights will be the focus on Lithuanian artists, so the absolute majority of installations will be created by Lithuanians.
“We will continue the mission of Gediminas started 697 years ago – he invited guests to the capital in his letters, while we will invite them using lights. The festival has several missions. The main one, of course, is to create a celebration for residents and guests of Vilnius on the occasion of the birthday of the city and to show the city’s architecture from new perspectives. But we also want the Festival to become a space for growth of Lithuanian light artists, a testing ground and a springboard to the international space”, said Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius.
The brightest and most massive event of the dark time of the year will take place on three weekend evenings, from January 24 to January 26. According to calculations, as many as 130 000 people visited the first Festival of Lights.
This year organizers of the event once again promise some unexpected installations, which will include the symbols of Vilnius – last festival amazed everyone by the illuminated sword of the Gediminas monument, and next year even more visible objects of Vilnius will be included in the swirl of the festival.
26 light installations created by artists from 8 countries were displayed at the first Festival of Lights in Vilnius.
The Festival of Lights of Vilnius is one of the highlights of the capital’s birthday celebration in the run-up to the 700th anniversary of Vilnius, which will be celebrated in 2023.
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