Light festival directors come together to talk about how they have established, grown and managed their festivals, and the impact the festivals have had on the cities, and present strategic ways for maintaining creative excellence and relevance as the festivals grow.
Kaat Heirbrant - Lichtfestivel Gent
Kaat Heirbrant has a background in cultural events, city marketing and cultural policies. In 2011 she organized the first Light Festival of Ghent which attracted 200.000 visitors. The festival today welcomes over 650.000 visitors. As the artistic director of the festival Kaat makes sure that the festival provides a wide range of light art installations and mappings of local and international artists, but also students and researchers. The festival connects with the citizens of Ghent and a network of cultural and creative entrepreneurs.
Ilkka Paloniemi - Lux Helsinki
Ilkka Paloniemi has been involved and worked with light since the 1980s. His work can be seen in a variety of mediums, including theatres, operas, music, contemporary dance, architecture, fine arts...
He has worked in all levels of lighting projects from lighting design to a crew member and curator to producer. He is currently Artistic Director of Lux Helsinki and a leading consultant in performance art technologies in Granlund AV. He has a masters degree in performing arts in lighting design and pedagogical studies. He has been given lectures in universities and curating seminars and symposiums related to light art.
"There is a great potential to use man made light as a tool against negative influences of long darkness in urban areas. Cities, streets, squares, parks and buildings can be your theatre, gallery, museum or exhibition space where public art, especially light art can been exhibited. It is common to every public art that it is easy to approach and there is a chance to do something good for the society.”
Craig Harvey - Factory Light Festival
Craig is passionate about technology and its ability to create accessible experiences in the public space which inspire, promote curiosity and drive change. With a background from large and complex industrial projects and the founder of multiple startup companies, Craig adapts the methodologies learnt from here and transfers them to develop a dynamic foundation and organisation which runs the Factory Light Festival held yearly, in Slemmestad (nearby Oslo) each year since 2012. Craig is educated as an Engineer within Mechanics, Electronics and Computer Science from Australia and Denmark.