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Jyväskylä-led event on urban lighting gathered more than 170 participants from across Europe in Tartu (Estonia)

The city of Tartu (Estonia) was the venue for a Jyväskylä-led event on urban lighting from 7.-9.5.2014. The successful event, titled The Light in the City, was the second in a series, and forms a part of the Light in the City project, funded by the European Union's Europe for Citizens Programme.

– It was a great honor and pleasure for the City of Tartu to host the 2nd Light in the City event. The event brought more than 170 participants from 9 different countries in Tartu. Those present included officials, municipal engineers, lighting designers, architects, politicians, lighting artists and ordinary citizens from European cities, says Jaanus Tamm, Project Manager from Tartu City Government.

City networks were also well represented at the event: participants included delegates from Eurotowns (Europe-wide network for towns and cities with populations between 50 000 and 250 000), LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International Association), as well as the twin towns of the host city, Tartu. The event was organized by the City of Jyväskylä and the City of Tartu, and was held in partnership with a number of organizations, including the Nordic Culture Fund and the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media.

The aim: lighting in accordance with sustainable development

The Light in the City event featured introductions to environmentally friendly urban lighting using both Tartu and Jyväskylä as case examples. The topics on display included urban lighting projects in Tartu, sustainability of LED Lighting, light pollution, the illumination of Jyväskylä’s Äijälänranta, the venue for the 2014 Housing Fair in Finland, as well as Jyväskylä’s environmentally friendly outdoor lighting projects.

– The programme included practice-oriented workshops, a Guerrilla Lighting event, a guided tour of the city’s illuminated locations and a networking event aimed at lighting artists. The unifying goal of these activities was to promote the principles of sustainable development in the way outdoor lighting is organized and to create opportunities for participating municipal decision-makers, lighting branch professionals and actors in other fields to become networked”, states Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator from City of Jyväskylä.

Guerrilla Lighting event attended by over 300

Organized as part of the Light in the City event, the phenomenon known as “Guerrilla Lighting” transformed the streets of Tartu for a fleeting moment on Thursday the 8th of May. The march started from the University Library and there were more than 300 people attending the event.

The idea, first realized in Manchester in 2006 by English lighting designer Martin Lupton, is intended to provoke a discussion about lighting design by providing a concrete example of what lighting can achieve.

During the event, a group of people occupied the streets of Tartu with powerful rechargeable lights according to a carefully conceived plan. Lighting designer Annukka Larsen from City of Jyväskylä, had selected four targets for illumination. The sites were: University Library, Keskpark playground, Keskpark park area and Kaarsild bridge. Tartu got illuminated with the help of 50 volunteers.

Examples of Nordic lighting art

On Friday the 9th of May, lighting artists involved in the Nordic Light project gathered in Tartu. The event attracted applications from 63 lighting artists by close of call. On the basis of the applications the expert jury decided to choose 21 artists from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Estonia, who enjoyed an opportunity to exhibit their works at the event, explains Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser at the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media.

The event included a panel discussion, intriguingly titled The Meaning of Light, an introduction to the themes of which was provided by the Estonian lighting designer Priit Tiimus, known among other things as the organizer of the Tallinn Light Biennale light festival. Other participants in the panel included: Aleksandra Stratimirovic, Artist, Stratimirovic Art Light Design, Ingemar Johansson, Head of Street lighting, City of Gothenburg, Karin Ermegård, Landscape Architect, Eskilstuna Municipality, Ulla Ridderberg, Artist and William Dennisuk, Artist, Member of Sculptors Union of Finland.

– The event provided a chance to meet fellow artists and the various interested groups, organizations, city planners, and all others working in the field. It was a well-organized and informative event, says William Dennisuk, one of the 21 deserving artists selected for the event.

Light in the City project

The Light in the City event in Tartu was the second in a series, and forms part of a joint project, Light in the City, which involves four European cities as well as the LUCI Association. The project is being funded from the European Union’s Europe for Citizens Programme and led by City of Jyväskylä, Finland. The event to conclude the Light in the City project will be held in Eskilstuna October 23-25, 2014. The complete program and registration information will soon be available on the project website:

Materials from the Tartu seminar

Seminar presentations:

Photos from the Light in the City seminar:

Photos from the Tartu Guerrilla Lighting event:

Photos are to be used in conjunction with editorial content directly related to the Light in the City project. When using these photos, please credit the photographers / © City of Light Jyväskylä. Should you publish a photo, please send us a copy of the publication.

Media Enquiries:

Annukka Larsen, Lighting Designer BA, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä annukka.larsen[at], +358 407404717 (Guerrilla Lighting event)

Elli Räsänen, City of Light Coordinator, City of Jyväskylä, elli.rasanen[at], +358 505708941 (Light in the City project, Nordic Light project)

Jaanus Tamm, Project Manager, Tartu City Government jaanus.tamm[at], +372 58506742 (Light in the City event in Tartu)

Wanna Spiridonidou, Eures Adviser, the Swedish Public Employment Service, Culture & Media wanna.spiridonidou[at], +46 104869738 (Nordic Light project)

13.5.2014Satu Heikkinen

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