An amazing atmospheric event where you find yourself in a fairytale for couple of nights.
Jyväskylä – City of Light.

I was waiting for this event from the beginning of summer, whet I first heard about it. I love light festivals an I have attended them in Riga (Staro Rīga) and in Oulu (Lumo). Jyväskylä – City of Light (Valon kaupunki) is the oldest light festival in Finland with history of more than 20 years! It was possible to enjoy the event from 26th till 28th of September with numerous places scattered all over the city of Jyväskylä. I didn’t have time to see them all so I visited only most central objects and places. More information you can find here. And here you can see beautiful video from the event.

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Ylistö Bridge and light installation - Dioptrice

Cosmic art of Hungarian artists Daniel Besnyõ, Ákos Tóth, Attila Németh – Dioptrice. The light installation was constructed on Ylistönrinne hillside near Ylistö Bridge and interacted with another artwork – Kimmo Schroderus’s Hyöky sculpture. Moving light rays reflected from the shiny surface of the sculpture created patterns in the artificial smoke that amplified the effect and together with music created mesmerizing comic experience.

Beautiful video of Dioptrice performance from University of Jyväskylä. 

"Dioptrice" by Hungarian artists Daniel Besnyõ, Ákos Tóth, Attila Németh.
"Dioptrice" by Hungarian artists Daniel Besnyõ, Ákos Tóth, Attila Németh.

Many shops were open until late hours during the event days and many of them tried to attract attention. This one I liked because of bicycle wrapped in stringlight.

Compass of the central street was illuminated too.

Compass at Kauppakatu

A pop-up flea market of lamps – “Lamppukirppis” was open already a few days before City of Lights as a pilot event. People could bring their old lamps and sell them here as well as see new industrially manufactured lamps with various interesting designs.

A pop-up flea market of lamps – “Lamppukirppis”

Cosmic lamps of Lamp flea market. Just like star systems with planets or spacecrafts approaching distant worlds…

Jyväskylä - City of Light. Instalation and photo exhibition on Lamp flea market

I met a photographer Sami Vuotilainen from a Centre for Creative Photography at Lamp flea market, where also works of photographers of the centre were exhibited. Centre is celebrating 30 years in 2019 and I became a member of the organisation this summer.

Photographer Sami Vuotilainen taking Polaroid picture

Light show and music inside of Jyväskylä City Church.

Light show and music inside of Jyväskylä City Church

Fragmented Appearances of the dutch artist Gertjan Adema. Shiny rotating installation reflecting colorful light in all directions and seemingly floating on the perfectly calm water surface – something you won’t expect to find under the bridge.

"Fragmented Appearances" in Tourujoki river by dutch artist Gertjan Adema

Tourujoki river valley – the most fairytale like area of this festival…

Band performing in Tourujoki river valley
Kinakuja bridge at Tourujoki river valley
Kinakuja bridge at Tourujoki river valley
Kinakuja bridge at Tourujoki river valley
Giant mushroom at Tourujoki river valley

Yep, that’s still Tourujokki… it was amazing!

Tourujoki river valley
Tourujoki river valley

Didn’t want to go away, but I had to see the rest of the event, so I started moving to other spots.

“Strike” by Finnish artist Juhana Moisander in windows of former Kangas paper factory.

“Strike” by Finnish artist Juhana Moisander at former Kangas paper factory

In the end of pedestrian Kauppakatu street in Arenaukio square, Polish artist Artur Grycyk’s artwork Balloomi attracted attention of many people, especially children. The pyramid or spheres was lighting up to the rhythm of music.

"Balloomi" by Artur Grycyk from Poland at Kauppakatu

Behind Balloomi I saw the crowds of people enjoying the event and street food on the Kauppakatu – pedestrian street of Jyvaskyla.

Kauppakatu - pedestrian street of Jyvaskyla

The Church Park, in the centre of Jyvaskyla became an Enchanted park by Flowers of Life collective. Park was filled with colorful glowing installations lit by ultraviolet lights creating mesmerising atmosphere and accompanied by dreamy music. According to City of Light page it is the largest outside hologram art entity ever exhibited in Finland.

"Enchanted park" by Flowers of Life collective, Finland
"Enchanted park" by Flowers of Life collective, Finland and the City Church
"Enchanted park" by Flowers of Life collective, Finland and the City Church

And the biggest object of the festival – MAN by Australian artist Amanda Parer. 12m tall illuminated man figure at Lutakonaukio square.

"MAN" and Kilpinen brigde
"MAN" by Australian artist Amanda Parer

People having fun around the glowing giant.

"MAN" by Australian artist Amanda Parer

And some people are having fun under the glowing giant…

People having fun under the "MAN" by Australian artist Amanda Parer
"MAN" by Australian artist Amanda Parer

“Valon lähteellä” (‘At the source of light’) art entity by Kari and Samuli Alonen

Light installations at Mattilanniemi, Alba lakeside of Jyväsjärvi lake.

“Burleski” by Elisa Hillgen with MAN in the background.

"Burleski" by Elisa Hillgen

So that’s it! Hope you liked my photos and I look forward to capturing this event next year.