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Geneva LUXuriates in its annual festival of lights in the new year

“lightShip” by Alexandre Burdin-François and Boris Edelstein places a beacon of light atop the vintage paddlesteamer Italia.

The Geneva Lux festival of lights, organised by the city’s Department of Urban Environment and Security, returns from 24 January to 2 February 2020 to transform its boulevards, boats, churches, hotel facades and parks into vibrant artworks for visitors and residents alike.

Each year, this ‘street art’ event evolves to include new creations on top of those held over from previous editions. This year, the festival starts later — January rather than December — and is shorter than previous ones in a nod to climate change concerns and costs to the public purse.


“Jeux typographiques pour recueil de poèmes” by the Swiss collective Encor Studio displays typography on the face of the Hôtel des Bergues.

Yet there’ll be more than enough time to enjoy the city’s transformation into a giant art installation with ample magic and wonder to entrance admirers of all ages.

Geneva-based artists and students of the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (HEAD – Geneva) participate in Geneva Lux, so it illuminates (if you’ll excuse the pun) local as well as international talent.  The event enjoys the support of numerous private partners and the City of Geneva Contemporary Art Fund.


“Les Eaux-Vives” by the artist Mourka Glogowski fills the Geneva street of the same name with fish, fifty of them, some small, some big, and all with varied patterns.

So get out and trip the light fantastic while you can (yes, you can dance or walk the route if you wish) and if you like, take in Geneva Tourism’s 2-hour  Geneva Lux Festival Tour in French and English (for a fee) on selected dates in January and February. Get ready to be inspired!


“HEAD LUX”: using mapping techniques, the under-/graduates of the HEAD, brought together by Camille de Dieu, create a fluctuating, colorful pattern that transforms the facade of the Temple de la Madeleine.

All photos by Rémy Gindroz.


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