Prestigious artists from around the world and up-and-coming talent from Barcelona’s schools of art, design and architecture share Poblenou's streets to try out new forms of expression in public spaces and create a big urban festival of light.
A hypnotic constellation of water and light on the Disseny Hub pool, a storm caused by a hundred people gathered in a big cloud and two of the world's brightest projectors hanging from a crane on a colossal frame are just a few of the amazing installations from prestigious guest creators this year at the 8th Llum BCN festival on 15, 16 and 17 February.
Alongside the 23 creations of professional artists there are 15 installations made by students at Barcelona's schools of art, design, lighting and architecture that alter our perceptions and meaning of urban space. A commitment to innovation and experimentation and one of the hallmarks of Llum BCN that sets it apart from other light festivals.
For the second year running, Barcelona’s Poblenou is the setting for a festival that turns the features of this once industrial neighbourhood into a giant outdoor experimentation lab through works by artists, designers and architects from around the world who use light as a creative medium.
Eight of the outdoor emergency staircases that can still be seen at some buildings – a characteristic feature of Poblenou bearing testimony to its industrial past – have been the focus of special lighting in a tribute to the neighbourhood’s history and its political and social protests.
Llum BCN tries out the possibilities offered by new techniques such as dynamic lighting, large-scale projection and interactive environments, inviting the public to discover a new way of experiencing the streets and reflecting on how the language of public space can evolve in the future.
For three nights the festival will turn upside down an urban landscape that moves between large, latest generation buildings, old chimneys, industrial warehouses and, often, vacant plots of land. Very diverse spaces full of meanings that come together with the expressive capacity of light and its transformational power to create a unique festival.