Lux Helsinki 2020 – more diverse than ever

Large Pendulum Wave by Ivo Schoofs in Lux Helsinki 2019. Photo: Helsinki Marketing, Superreel Productions.

The light festival Lux Helsinki is a bright spot in the winter that will once again present a diverse range of top Finnish and international light art from 4 to 8 January 2020. Granlund partners with the event for the 4th time.

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The official route of the Lux Helsinki light festival stretches from Senate Square through Kaisaniemi Park to the beautiful Tokoinranta shoreline. The route comprises nine installations. This year, the light festival will feature six satellite installations and groups of installations outside the city centre. These satellite installations will extend Lux Helsinki even further, including East Helsinki for the first time.

“Promoting urban culture is close to our heart and light art is a fantastic way to bring buildings to life in the darkest time of the year", says Pekka Metsi, the CEO of Granlund.

The collaboration aims to emphasize the importance of light art in the built environment. 2020 kicks off Granlund's 60th year with their lighting design department celebrating its 20th year in action.

“The route mixes the built urban environment with parks and shorelines. One of the great things about Lux Helsinki is how the festival can spread out quite freely in the urban environment, highlighting places that are less familiar. Arctic Helsinki is just as big a star in Lux Helsinki as the light art,” says Lux Helsinki curator Ilkka Paloniemi who is also Granlund’s leading expert on presentation technology.

Granlund’s title work this year - Large Fire Tornado by Dutch artist Ivo Schoofs takes viewers at the Kaisaniemi field to the mother of light – fire. This kinetic fire installation creates a rapidly rotating flame that reaches a height of 16 metres.

Lux Helsinki, 4–8 January 2020, 5pm–10pm

Lux Morning (installations 1, 4, 7 and 9): Wednesday 8 January, 7am–9am

Lux Helsinki is organised by the Helsinki Events Foundation and produced by Susa Nokelainen. Sun Effects Oy is responsible for the design and production of the Lux Helsinki route and installations. The festival is curated by Ilkka Paloniemi together with Christina Dvinge (DK) and Martin Pošta (CZ).

Main partner: Sun Effects

Partners: SATO, Hanaholmen – Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, Korkeasaari Zoo, Granlund, Cultural Centre Stoa, Ylva, UNICEF Finland, Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Torikorttelit, Bright

Network partners: City, Johan & Nyström, Local Crew, Marski by Scandic, Kaslink Aito

Find out more about the Lux Helsinki route, light installations and artists:


Photo: Helsinki Marketing, Superreel Productions.

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