Christmas Lights, Camera, Action! at the Geneva Lux Festival 2016

Christmas lights Geneva
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“La Pêche Miraculeuse”, an 8-minute video projection against the facade of the Four Seasons Hotel, created by Casa Magica, highlights some of Geneva’s most iconic motifs every night between 5pm and midnight until 2 January 2017.

Never one to rest on its laurels when it comes to celebrating Christmas in style, the City of Geneva has added 11 new light installations to the already impressive seven that comprised the Geneva Lux Festival in 2015.

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“Le Pont de la Machine”, illuminated by Mourka Glogowski.

The city almost seems to be in competition with itself, striving year upon year to better its Christmas installations to the benefit of residents and tourists alike. If anyone knows of another city that renews rather than repeats itself so creatively with each Christmas season, then drop me a line and tell me all about it!


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“Pinta Cura”, a creation by artist Frédéric Post on Rue des Malatrex in Les Grottes.

In total, the Geneva Lux Festival 2016 features 17 light installations scattered across the central Geneva area on both sides of the lake between Plainpalais and Le Pâquis. In this, its third edition, the Festival includes an installation by a new Swiss artist and two works from students of Geneva’s Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (HEAD) in addition to contributions from other Swiss and European artists.


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“Sens dessus dessous”, a work by the artists Maro Avrabou and Dimitri Xenakis on Rue des Pâquis.

You can find the location and a full description (in French) of each installation on the Geneva Lux Festival homepage but to give you a taste of what you’ll find if you venture into the city, here are a few examples of the extraordinary new light displays that you can feast your eyes on this Christmas and until the end of January 2017. ♥


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“Grapp’Lum”, created by Erik Barray, at Rond-Point de Plainpalais.
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“Les Edelweiss”, another light installation by Mourka Glogowski, on Rue de la Croix d’or.

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Detailed map (pdf.) of the installations’ locations here
Booklet (pdf.) with photos and descriptions of each of the works here.

All photos, copyright Hansjoerg Wolf.

4 responses to “Christmas Lights, Camera, Action! at the Geneva Lux Festival 2016”

  1. Every year a new surprise – but it is also nice to see last year’s features reappear…. So nice to have these lights makimg this foggy, cold period of time festive and joyful.
    Thank you for sharing


  2. Elena, this is breathtaking stuff! The edelweiss and the lanterns in the trees are magical. I would so love to see this!

    I bet the 7 minute film was pretty fantastic, too…



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