The city will host for four days the first edition of this festival in which lighting and art are protagonists.
During the next 21, 22 and 23 in February the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz will be flooded with light. The public spaces and emblematic buildings of the Alava capital will play an essential role in the Umbra Light Festival, the event that aims to put the city and the region on the map as a tourist, cultural and technological reference point. For its realization, the event has the support of various public bodies such as the Basque Government, and many leading companies in the sector such as Stonex.
Umbra Light Festival was born with the intention of lasting over time and is expected to be held annually. Its organizers, Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, Rafael Gallego (APDI) and Carlos Torrijos (AAI), are committed to the cultural life of the city, estimating a concurrence of around 80.000 people during its three days, with an average of 27.000 visitors a day.
The most emblematic spaces and buildings of Vitoria will host light sculptures, projections and installations that combine art and lighting under the motto "Urbanism of light. New urban landscapes" The artistic tour will include the area of the historic center and the widening of the city, rediscovering everyday places that are transformed into works of art through lighting, but also movement and music. A total of 18 artists from Germany, Argentina, France and Spain participate in the festival with works whose theme includes historical aspects of the city, environmental and humanitarian.
The choice of the name of the festival attends to its international promotion, being "Umbra" a recognizable word for more than 2.000 millions of speakers of languages like English, French, German or Malay.
The event has been organized by the Argia Cultural Association with the support of the Association of Lighting Authors (AAI), which strives for the professional and public recognition of the Lighting Designer and the promotion of professional relationships and improvements in working conditions, and the Professional Association of Lighting Designers (APDI), platform that seeks to promote the profession of lighting design establishing criteria and professional responsibility.
Stonex, a company specializing in the integration of control and lighting systems, from entertainment to emergency lighting, supports this event as a sign of its commitment to the sector and the development of cultural initiatives related to it.