Light art festival returns to Prague

Signal Festival returns to the city for a second time in October

Following the success of Prague’s first annual festival of light art, Signal Festival, in 2013 the glittering event returns to the city for a second time.

See the sights, streets and squares of Prague transformed into brilliant showcases of light-based art installations by some of the most innovative artists and designers from across the globe in the free, four-day event later this October.

Signal Festival is the Czech Republic’s largest light art event and the first edition of the festival attracted around 250,000 visitors, making it one of the country’s most visited cultural events.

Consisting of large-scale video mapping installations, light installations and interactive art, the 2014 Signal Festival will feature 21 different projects by Czech and international artists, the majority of which will receive their world premiere at the festival.

The beautiful façade of Palác Kinsých on Staroměstké náměstí will be transformed by aard-winning Budapest-based projection mapping artists collective MaxIn10ity’s installation Dreamforge into an awe-inspiring audio-visual experience, while Finnish media artist Jari Haanperä’s sculpture Fyr Lighthouse, a shining mass of lamps and lanterns that gradually light up and blow out, will illuminate the courtyard of Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

Featured interactive installations include American light sculptor Jen Lewin’s project The Pool, which sees Park Kampa on Kampa Island transformed by a series of interactive circular pads that emanate concentric circles of light as they are stepped on, while projects by home-grown talents include young, up-and-coming Prague-born visual artists Gabriela Prochazka’s Kraken – a light-based installation representing the legendary, mythological Nordic sea monster.

The second annual Signal Festival will take place this year between 16 and 19 October, with guided tours and a smartphone app available for visitors to the festival. The full festival programme can be viewed on the Signal Festival website.

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