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IDL 2018 Light Painting Activities


IDL 2018 Light Painting Activities

Updated with a couple of more events!

The Unesco proclaimed  International Day of Light on Mai 16th is almost a month away and I thought I ‘ll make a post about all the LP activities that are organised around the world from members our the LP community.


But wait.. what is this International Day of Light?

ok.. for those who didn’t get the memo…

Unesco, after the successful “International Year of Light 2015” has decided to proclaim 16th of Mai each year as the International Day of Light.

As they state in the official proclamation:

The proclamation of this annual International Day will enable global appreciation of the central role that light and light-based technologies play in the lives of the citizens of the world in areas of science, technology, culture, education, and sustainable development.

Check out the official video below

Sergey Churkin ( LPWA ) had the idea of proclaiming the International Light Painting Day ( ILPD)

The idea was to try to get people to organise LP activities around the globe, from small to big scale in order to attract more people to LP. Great idea right?


So let’s see what we have…



France / LPWA Paris Meetup – Mai 16-19 2018

The main event will be held in Paris, France and its with the collaboration of the LFLP

All four nights will be filled with intensive light painting collaborations in various locations. From collaborative light painting actions to MonuLight  LP and a lot of light painting sessions, this will be an intense 4 nights!  You can find more info about it here.



France / LPWA 6th worldwide exhibition in UNESCO Headquarters – Mai 16th

At the beginning of March, there were still issues with the funding of this exhibition. With the help of UNESCO  XANGLE and this seemed to be solved and the exhibition is gonna be help on Mai 16th at the Unesco Headquarters.

Every registered member of LPWA is welcome to submit 3 images by May 4th. There will be a selection according to the LPWA rules. you can check more info here


Worldwide / ADD YOUR PIECE OF LIGHT TO THE WORLD – January – May 2018

Piece Outwhich is a collaborative mosaic-making website developed by Dan Chickteamed up with LPWA to create a 456 pieces collaborative Light Painting image. Using Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” as the image, each participant is assigned some parts of the image and has to create that part using light painting. The software then put the parts back to where it should go and the result will be impressive!

At the moment there are still some tiles missing but its gonna be ready pretty soon at this pace! If you want to join at the last moment better be fast.

The final image will be printed and presented on Mai 16th on the main event.


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Worldwide / IDL Postcards by LPWA Members – 2018

As resources to spread the word about IDL some members of LPWA have submitted images they created to be used as official postcards of the event.

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Worldwide / IDL logo versions by LPWA members – 2018

I m not exactly sure how this came up, but at some point, there was a call for people to submit their lp versions of the IDL logo. You can see some of the submissions above




Germany / Photo Days Burg Frankenstein –  Mai 14 – 27

Together with Castle Frankenstein Lightpainting-Helpdesk organizes an exhibition and a light painting meeting. The topic of the photo days will be myths, legends and will’o’wisps.

The exhibition will take place from 14th to 27th of May in the restaurant of Castle Frankenstein.

The Lightpainting Meeting will take place from 18th to 21th of May on the castle grounds.

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

Registration and participation fee are required for the meeting.

You can check more info for the event here



USA / LPWA MidAtlantic Meetup – May 11-13

Mid Atlantic Meet-up will be a two-night event , which will be held in Virginia. Event supervisor and idea creator is LPWA Virginia Local Representative Jason Rinehart.

You can find more info about it here




Brazil / Public LP courses by 12arte

Fabio Andrade is organising some LP workshops in Brazil in support of the IDL event. You can check one of them here




Holland / Ladies Of Light – Mai 16

At Capelle aan den Ijssel , the LAdies of Light are hosting an lp event. Find more info (in Dutch ) here



Canada / Montreal Meetup – Mai 16

Andres De la Rosa ( Instagram: @calasmico) is organising a meetup in Montreal on Mai 16th.

LP is not really popular in Montreal, so the goal of this meet up is to show people the possibilities of light-painting as a photography technique, how fun it can be and most important that you can do it with mostly any available light source. He will be showing how to use tubes and work with models. If you are in Montreal make sure you check this link and join!



Australia / LPWA Australia Tour 2018 – February 14-26

As we wrote in a previous article, Denis Smith, Rob Turney, Alexander Kesselaar and Ben Woods have put together a huge program in 3 cities: Melbourn, Adelaide and Sydney.

The tour was a great success and hopefully, we are getting some video report soon!


Here are some new ones:


Omnia Luce – Global Light Painting Animation Project

You can check more info about this here




Another project of  Frodo DKL ,SFHIR  and Edu Cajigal with the cooperation of Olympus. They are doing a big public collab project on 16th Mai in Madrid. If you are in Madrid that time, don’t miss it!!

You can find more info about this event here




But you who can be active… join one of these if you are able .. or start planning your own!



About The Author

Jannis Sid

Jannis Sid aka Luplof is a greek Light Painter based in Helsinki Finland. Working for 20 years in the entertainment industry as a light designer he has developed a special relationship with light. Light painting since he moved to Finland in 2010, more actively since 2015. In 2017 he founded the LightPaintBox and started this blog.

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