The light festival Llum BCN is back for its eighth year from February 15 to 17, transforming the neighbourhood of Poblenou into a huge outdoor experimental lab, with light as a creative medium and featuring the work of artists, designers and architects from around the world who are exploring the possibilities light offers in an urban space – new techniques such as dynamic lighting, large-scale projections and interactive environments. Plus, various museums around the city get into the celebration of light and open their doors for free to celebrate the festival.
Among the twenty-some participants this year are prestigious international artists like Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Daniel Canogar, pioneers of new digital tools including Kyle McDonald and Joanie Lemercier, and essential names on the new creative scene in Barcelona. One of the signatures of Llum BCN that disgtinguishes it from other light festivals is that it welcomes experimentation and innovation from students in art, design, lighting and architecture schools in Barcelona to participate in fifteen light installations.
This is the second year that Llum BCN has taken place in Poblenou. For three nights the urban landscape is shaken up, moving between the big, latest-generation buildings, old smokestacks, industrial warehouses, and, often, empty lots. These diverse spaces full of character join the expressive capacity of light and its transforming power to create a singular festival.