Signal Festival Preview
Prague Light Festival SIGNAL is set to be the first of its kind to take place in the city
Prague Light Festival SIGNAL is set to be the first of its kind to take place in the city for four days, from the 17th to 20th of October. It promises to be a spectacular event that will show the beauty of Prague’s historical and architectural delights in a new light, with a range of unique events, most of which are completely free.
There will be video-mapping shows, whereby lights are projected onto buildings and objects to create optical illusions, movement and other dimensions, as well as outdoor light installations, conferences, workshops and a few extra special activities. A mix of local and international artists have got involved with the festival, which gives tourists and residents the chance to see Prague redrawn and magnified through all the projections, lighting, video-mapping and other techniques on show.
Nearly thirty locations around central Prague will feature these light installations and video-mappings, running from 7.30 to 11.30pm on each of the four days, with the video-mapping shows starting every 15 minutes. This means visitors can arrive any time in the evening and are not restricted to a set timetable. Video-mapping shows will be occurring at the Church of St. Ludmila, Hybernia Palace, The Archbishop’s Palace and Michna Palace, while light installations are at a lot more locations, from the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge to the Dancing House and the metronome in Letná Park, as well as many more.
Some of the finest in international architectural video-mapping and light installation will be involved, including visual label AntiVJ (Belgium/France), 1024architecture (France), Telenoika (Spain) and Sila Sveta (Russia) along with Czech group The Macula. There are other big Czech artists such as František Skála, Krištof Kintera, Rony Plesl and plenty of others involved in light sculptures, designs and other areas of the festival.
Some of the other special events anyone can take part in include Signals bike ride, where participants fit their bikes with programmable LEDs before riding together through the dark, starting at 6pm on Thursday 17th October. Light cruises are also being put on every day (although these cost 699 CZK per person or 1499 CZK including drink and meal) in order to experience the majesty of the light festival onboard an historical steamboat.
Three conferences have also been arranged, kicking off with ‘Light pollution: discussion and film’ on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm. The main conference ‘Light for our cities 2013’ follows on Thursday 17th at 9am, aimed at architects, city planners and lighting designers but the general public are invited as well as a host of experts discuss issues surrounding street lighting in the city, design and technologies. Then on Friday at 1pm is ‘Cinema Live!’ which looks at live cinema, with different views on the topic presented.
There will also be workshops every day including light painting, light graffiti, the basics of video-mapping and more. Some require a small participant fee and are held only in Czech, while others are in English and a few are even free to take part in. Times, locations, prices and language vary for each one so check out the Signals website for more information.
The project has taken over than two years to put together and is set to be Prague’s biggest cultural event in a public space. It is being organised by Fresh Films and is financially supported by Prague City Council, Prague Information Service and Czech Tourism, with lots more non-financial partners.
To watch a preview of the event go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpglS0_eS4Y
For more information and a full timetable of events visit: http://www.signalfestival.com
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