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Once again the city of Frankfurt will play host to Luminale – Biennale of Lighting Culture – a collection of events that will run in conjunction with Light+Building.


“Light+Building visitors and exhibitors from all over the world and people from the region enjoy the glamour of the illuminations, the hustle and bustle at the evening venues and the new lighting ideas by architects, artists and designers” explains Luminale curator Helmut Bien. The events, which will be held from the 15th – 20th April in line with the fair, will be presenting different areas of Frankfurt in a new light. Streets and squares, skyscrapers and churches, museums and galleries will all take centre stage, and visitors will be able to access the events via an organized bus link that will link each destination throughout the city.


Luminale encompasses around 160


different events in Frankfurt and the surrounding regions. Installations include the Palmengarten botanical gardens in Frankfurt, which will include installations by international lighting artists from London, Amsterdam and Lyon and projects by Offenbach University of Design. As well as an impressive array of installations on land, a ‘light ship’ will also be tying up in Frankfurt, not far from the Städel Museum. This will be the site of an interactive lighting installation by Mainz University of Applied Sciences sponsored by lighting solutions company Zumtobel. Luminale is now one of the most important events for Frankfurt, and experiences an international participation as a result of its collaboration with Light+Building. Visitors to the show create an amazing mood that is truly unique.


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Luminale curator Helmut Bien expects around 140,000 ‘genuine’ visitors, as well as around three million ‘contacts’ with commuters and passers-by, which means a phenomenal level of participation. Because the visitors include such a distinguished audience of lighting professionals, Luminale holds a specific importance in the world of lighting, and proves that trade fairs can be far more than just commercial events. With the installations typical of Luminale, artists and designers explore the potential of control equipment, sensors and software and thus test the technologies that enable the industry to develop energy-saving and highly efficient products.


Despite their contrasting practices, artistic endeavour and industrial applications interact to create an inspirational event.


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