Signal Festival enters sixth year

The festival of light art has 22 installations including two video mapping

The Signal Festival starts Oct. 11 and runs to Oct. 14, and new for this year is a route in Karlín, in addition to one in the city center and one in Vinohrady. Festival goers will be able to explore 22 artistic light installations on the three routes and additional locations.

The grand opening of the festival will be at Karlínské náměstí at 7 pm on Oct. 11. The project there incorporates video projection on the Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius and light statues. The statues are based on architectural details of the church. The installation is called Future Ruins and is by the French artist Romain Tardy.

Most of the exhibits are free, but five are in gallery zones with paid admission, and the map of the routes costs Kč 30.

There are five stops on the Karlín route, eight on the central route and seven on the Vinohrady route. Two locations are not on the routes. There is an installation at Stalin in Letná and at the campus of Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) in Prague 6. This year’s festival focuses on Czech artists, who created 14 of the installations.

The Gallery zone includes the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, Mirror Chapel at the Klementinum, Clam-Gallas Palace, Hauch Gallery and Bar/ák,a courtyard in a balcony house in Florenc.

Tickets for the gallery zone are Kč 170 for adults and Kč 100 for children and seniors.

The festival routes will be open from 7 pm to 11:30 pm, and the gallery zones will be open till midnight.

A smartphone application created for the festival will provide visitors with practical information and a complete program. The app, though, still requires people to pay Kč 25 for the map to be installed.

The Karlín route includes this year’s 3D video mapping, which will be at Kasárna Karlín. It is called Biofilms and is by Hotaru Visual Guerrilla. Admission, which includes 3D glasses, is Kč 50.

Another video mapping in on the Vinohrady route at the Church of St. Ludmila at náměstí Míru, which has been the only location included in all six festivals. This year’s mapping is called Nucleus3 and is by German creative label

Long lines at the installations in enclosed spaces can be expected, even with the gallery tickets.

Outdoor locations that should be easily accessible, aside from the mentioned squares with mappings and projections, include náměstí Republiky, Staroměstské náměstí, Sady Svatopluka Čecha, náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad, Mahlerovy sady, Riegrovy sady and Sokol Vinohrady.

A side program has a concert on Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm at St. Salvator Church (Kostel U Salvátora). The 25 minute concert is in cooperation with Strings of Autumn, and admission is Kč 170.

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