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Save the date: it’s already time to mark your calendar from 5 October to 3 November 2019. On these dates the Essen Light Festival will present stunning light installations and video mappings by local and international artists alike along a 2-kilometre route through the Essen city centre. The EMG counted approximately 300,000 visitors at the 2018 festival.

And the city will continue to shine even once the lights of the Essen Light Festival go out. This is made possible by the Essen Light Weeks which will be held from 3 November 2019 to 5 January 2020. The atmospheric motifs in the festive city centre will sparkle and compete with the twinkle in the eyes of the visitors.

Essen Light Festival announces the ‘Remondis Light Award’

The Essen Light Festival is getting even greener: in 2019, the light festival, with the support of Lumen in Art B.V., will be awarding the ‘Remondis Light Award’ for the first time. This is the first time an award will go to light art that has placed a focus on recycling economy, environment and sustainability. The projections, light objects or installations can either be made from consumable materials or promote a boost in recycling behaviour or handling resources in a respectful way.

Projects which are yet to be developed, finished projects and projects which are already on display are all welcome in the contest. These can be large or small, but they must be weatherproof. The deadline is 31 May 2019. Subsequently, an expert jury made up of representatives from the partners Remondis and Lumen in Art B.V., as well as representatives of the Essen Light Festival organisers, EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH, will select either one or multiple projects depending on budget and practicality. The selected project(s) will not only receive the ‘Remondis Light Award,’ they will also be displayed during the Essen Light Festival (25/10 - 03/11/2019) and promoted internationally. In addition, it is possible that the prize-winning work of light art will be displayed at Lumen in Art B.V.’s festivals throughout Europe.

Please send your entry via email to EMG employee Christina Plaar at Your email should include: a project description, photos, drawings or visuals, assembly plans, costs (assembly, disassembly and transport) and the care costs for the festival. EMG will announce the winners on 30 June 2019.

Essen Light Festival:
The Essen Light Festival has taken place for the last three years in the Essen city centre. Along a two-kilometre route, visitors can enjoy video mapping, light installations and light productions. The festival is a member of the International Lightfestival Organisation (ILO) and had approximately 300,000 visitors in 2018.

Remondis SE:
REMONDIS is one of the world’s largest service providers for recycling, service and water. Sustainability and resource preservation are the key pillars of the company philosophy and shape every business area at REMONDIS. The company from Lünen is working to sustainably improve living conditions in over 30 countries around the world. In doing so, ecological, economical and social responsibility are closely linked.

Lumen in Art B.V.
Lumen in Art is specialised in the production of light art festivals in castles, palaces and landscape parks. Founded in 2017, the company currently produces and organises festivals in Italy (Brescia, Treviso, Lucca), Germany (Koblenz, Neuss, the Rhine Gorge) and the Netherlands (Arcen, Doornenburg).

Further information and contact:

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