Now in its 14th year, Jyväskylä’s City of Light festival, which took place on 26–28 September, enjoyed a record-breaking run, attracting more than 130,000 visitors. Visitor numbers were calculated using traffic and crowd counting methods.

More information:

- City of Light Coordinator Jani Ruotsalainen, phone +358 400 642 364, jani.ruotsalainen[at]
- Service Manager Kari Ström, phone +358 50 60943, kari.strom[at]


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Photographers names (Rami Saarikorpi, Jiri Halttunen) are mentioned in the files.  

Records were also broken at events organised by the City of Jyväskylä’s many partners. The Researchers’ Night run by the University of Jyväskylä drew 14,500 visitors, while 14,600 people attended events organised by the Jyväskylä Evangelical Lutheran Church at Kaupunginkirkko in Kirkkopuisto Park. The public also took the opportunity to enjoy more than 40,000 free Linkki public transport journeys over the three-day festival period.

“We’re overwhelmed with the positive feedback we’ve received. The atmosphere was fantastic, with so many people inspired to explore the wonder of light. I would like to thank all the artists who contributed to this event as well as our many supporters,” Kari Ström, Service Manager at the City of Jyväskylä, commented.

Kirkkopuisto Park, Tourujoki and Lutakko the most popular sites

Of the many festival sites, it was Kirkkopuisto Park, Tourujoki and Lutakko that proved the most popular with the crowds, while tens of thousands also visited Kangas.

“This year’s event featured 87 individual sites and artworks. Our extensive programme offered a wide range of content on the theme of light, and visitor records were broken at every single one of our festival sites. It was exciting to see how much people enjoyed the event,” commented Jani Ruotsalainen, City of Light Coordinator. “Despite the vast numbers of visitors at many of the sites, everything ran smoothly and according to plan,” he added.

The City of Light festival was organised by the City of Jyväskylä in collaboration with partner organisations. Almost all City of Light events were offered free of charge.