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The route of lights


You can visit a lot of light art mapping and exhibitions with following the route of the light. A lot of groups of light mapping artists are coming to the festival for the big goal to paint the city with light during the events.

  • Barbakán és Esze Tamás street

    Barbican Illuminated

    Just like last year, Lighthouse Team will project their own animations on the Gothic-style Barbican, fitting the 15th-century style circular bastion and the historical, artistic traditions of the city of Pécs.

    FényHangÁr (Light Hangar) Audio-Visual Group has been dealing with mapping on facades since 2009; their projects include VJs, mapping, and editing sound and music. Beside HangKépUdvar, the annual Rippl-Rónai Festival in Kaposvár, they are often invited to Hungarian and European festivals.

  • St. Stephen's Square

    Fluid Forest

    The light emanating from the fountain will interact with the water, and their interaction results in different kinds of colour auras, transforming the space into a new position. Water is the origin of the world of forests, the vital force for the roots of trees.

    The installation focuses on the expansion of water with light, thus revealing the invisible magic of the forest for the visitors at St. Stephen's Square.

    VJ Centrum is a studio that has been operating as the first VJ workshop in Hungary. It functions as a central location where workshops, lectures, round table discussions and technical presentations are held. In addition, it provides opportunities for creative, unique visionary "media artists", introduction of creative groups, for the interpretation, analysis, and implementation of individual projects and VJ education.

    The installation to be presented at the Festival of Light is based on the collaboration of independent artists working with VJ Centrum.
    Artists participating in the project: Mátyás Kálmán, Gábor Karcis, Gábor Tarcsay, Gergő Geltz, András Nagy, Ferenc Varga, and Dániel Besnyő.

    Companies involved: Harman LedBlade, For Event ltd.


  • St. Stephen's Square


    All works by Csongor Szigeti push the limits of the genre, in their intersection they explore and dissect the relationships of our world and are generally characterized by deep profoundness. His name is synonymous with kinetic and interactive artworks, site specific, public art installations, objects, videos, that can be intuitively internalized, in which spiritual content is the foreground.

    The user can be part of the optical experiment of the creator, where the multifaceted, steel cylinders of different polygonal profiles can be used, as "lenses" breaking down the captured outer view to a kaleidoscopic decorative field. An image passing through the "analog effect filters" can be recorded, shared, and further developed by a recording device, and can be used in a unique way.

  • St. Stephen's Square


    Doppler is a 23x1x1m volumetric display made of LEDs and diffusing tubes. It is capturing the stories of imaginary characters passing through an invisible highway with short light and sound effects.

    Viktor Vicsek is a Hungarian light artist with a background in 3D animation and software development. He has been working with light and projection for the last two decades. Co-founder of Budapest based Limelight Projection which is now celebrating 11 years of existence.

  • Sétatér - Cella Septichora

    Porticus 3.1

    Porticus 3.1 is a huge, light installation of the Cella Septichora space. In the dark, smoke-filled space, there is a virtual colonnade made of rays of light. Light plays a role in the installations both as a physical material and a space organizer, but also as a symbol. The rays of light running parallel to the floor and the ceiling form a cylindrical shape, reminding to the grooved structure of the antique columns, and the columns constitute this colonnade.

    Erik Mátrai graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 2004, and is currently living and working in Budapest. His works are characterized by versatile us of media. His videos, tabletops, whose main themes are often taken from religion and art history, are associated with the latest technical solutions and the elements of classic iconography. Mátrai is constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques. He is fond of dealing with natural elements and phenomena such as reflection, water, fog, and typically puritanic works. The installations that focus on the relationship of work and space are often placed in a sacral space, or the works themselves give a transcendent meaning to the site.

    Foto: Frank Kleinbach

  • Káptalan Street

    Street of Museums

    This year, Sacra Geometria Visual team lead by Balázs Sulla dresses up the façade of the Káptalan Street Museums in ligh garments with glittering paintings and scratches, creating  projections of unique atmosphere at the entrances of Vasarely Museum, the Zsolnay Museum and the Martyn Museum.

  • Káptalan Street – The yard of Ferenc Martyn Museum

    Mappings on Sculptures

    Light Hangar from Kaposvár is projecting on the statues of the museum yard with the animated paintings in the style of Ferenc Martyn. The paintings moving in space fit exactly to non-figurative and geometric shapes, with the help of modern visual techniques, giving a new interpretation for Ferenc Martyn's works.

    Opening hours:
    Friday and saturday: 21.30 to 01.30
    Sunday: 21.30 to 00.00

  • Káptalan Street – The yard of Ferenc Martyn Museum

    Wood FX – public VJ station

    VJs work mostly behind the scenes, so it's difficult to figure out how they create the visual world of different productions. WOOD FX will provide tests for 6 most commonly used visual effects and shows how they can be layered on one another, so that anyone can get an insight and create real-time manipulated images.

    MeetLab is a multifunctional, open-source project incubation space and creative workshop. Basically, they are developing special imaging and visualization procedures, and designing and implementing interactive installations.

  • Káptalan Street – The yard of Ferenc Martyn Museum

    Tron – light arena

    Do not just look at the light, let’s play with it! One of the world's first and most powerful video games is TRON. The Battle of "Light Motors" has been re-dreamed for laser by the MeetLab team, and you can try this in a specially designed light arena!

  • Káptalan Street – The yard of Ferenc Martyn Museum

    Papír Panír Imaginárium

    Papír Panír Imaginarium is an enchanted light laboratory where children can play in a playful way with the regularities and irregularities of visible light.
    The complex pedagogical workshop based on the theories of theatre and fine arts of the Pécs-based art group is looking for the common forms of entertainment and the sharing of knowledge.

  • Káptalan Street – The yard of Vasarely Museum

    Sand animation and shadow theatre yard

    Levente Sáli - StoryWindow – by "Swimming House" Shadow Theatre
    The yard of the Vasarely Museum is offering different events every evening. On Friday, Levente Sáli's sand animations are displayed, while the last two nights is featuring  the shadow-theatre performance by the Pécs-Somogy School, followed by the show Story Window by Emese Stavniczki and Natália Perez.
    You can find detailed descriptions in the program brochure

  • Janus Pannonius Street


    Lumimosa team uses classic, handmade slides to project on the various layers of Janus Pannonius street. Their creations are impressions, colours and light meet while dense patterns are whirling. Thanks to the projectors, 256 cm2 of painted glass will be explored on 256 m2.

    It is a rare phenomenon attributable to the family of mimosas, which in contrast to the shy touch-me-not mimosa (Mimosa pudica), turns to blossoms by light. Behind the name there is Edina Andrási, fine and applied artist. For more information please visit:

  • Széchenyi Square


    The Mosque of Pasha Gazi Qasim underwent many transformations in the previous centuries and it will change its look on the Festival of Light as well! The “lightrobes” on the mosque to be replaced every day are tailor-made by the Labor Lumen Squad (Pécsi Fényfestő Műhely) with decades of expertise. The images created by geometric shapes, vibrant colours and small figures generate an ever-changing mood for the audience on the main square of Pécs!

  • Széchenyi Square

    Pixel Beetle

    Pixel Beetle is a digital public statue, the latest creation of Glowing Bulbs, a passing miracle. The totem anima made for the Zsolnay Festival of Light, proclaims the universality of light while rising above the visitors of the festival. In the daylight, the minimalist statue simply puts the space that hosts it into a new perspective, but at night it comes to life, and the rosebob magnified to a size of a thousand times illuminates its surroundings.

    While the form is simplified to the extreme and far from normal representation, the pixel-controlled LEDs on the structure attach the object to Pécs as a clamp. The light show seen in the evening evokes the glitter of eosin, while the static structure becomes dynamic and alive. The four-houndred-kilogram illuminated lo-ppoly beetle made up of hundreds of unique elements can be seen, from an aeroplane, but visitors of the festival can also enjoy it all three days.

  • Széchenyi Square – Nádor Gallery

    Healium Lightformer - The Future of 3D Light Control

    The team of Healium Decoration from Budapest has been engaged in lighting technology, projection, mapping and stage visual design since 2012. In addition to their installations, they have been working on a self-developed light control software since 2014.

    They created regular geometric bodies for the event to illustrate the operation of the program. There are five regular or platonic bodies in the three-dimensional space - the tetrahedron, hexahedrer, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedral - whose common property is that they are bounded by regular polygons that match their sides, each of their angles is equal and the forms at their tops are also identical.

  • Széchenyi Square – Nádor Gallery

    Fantastic reality

    Holographic messages and movie heroes navigating with movements. Star Wars, Matrix, 2001 Space Odyssey. Sci-fi scenes, fantasy images, which can be brought to life and animated with mobile phones. With the cameras of the smartphones, you can even display 3D visual layers in reality through AR-applications. Fantastic Reality created by AR (Augmented Reality) technology can be viewed by using the Interactive Print application. Printed images contain such virtual elements that allow visitors to interact with each other.

    Creators: Lorenz SZÉCSÉNYI-NAGY, Ágnes SZEKERES
    Creative management: Andrea KOVÁCS
    Collaborating partner: Let it Be! Art agency

    Interactive Print

  • Széchenyi Square – Nick Yard


    After last year's The Big Blue, Grafoscope team is now packaging the yard into a bubble cloud. An installation of a garland made of spheres will float in space. In the gateway Ákos Molnár will blow giant-soap bubbles, while the swarm of bubbles illuminated from the upstairs window is flying over the spectators. The walk is accompanied by music composed of musical sounds and noises of the environment.

    From 18:00 to 20:00, bubble-aquarell printing, foam-worm blowing and hovercraft foil painting await the visitors of Nick Yard.

  • Széchenyi Square – House of Arts and Literature

    Beehive Slide Project

    The Slide Project in Székesfehérvár, used to belong to party culture, got into street art, and it also has architectural projections in public spaces and in interiors. The projected diaphragm forms a photomontage on the interior and exterior walls of buildings, and packages the environment into "light" wallpaper. The slide projector acts as a "mapping" brush, allowing them to "fit in" the specific space, adapting to the particular venue and its form. Slide Project aims to incorporate the evolving intellectual avant-garde street art into contemporary art context.

  • Széchenyi Square – House of Arts and Literature

    Fragile Giants - Beehive Glass Exhibit

    Méhkas (Beehive) Cultural Association exhibits the works of its the glass-painters as icons, and presents the photos of building mappings considered the best. The artists of the Association combine traditional glass painting with graphic designs. The essence of their technique is to create translucent works that are put onto manual projectors and project them to different surfaces. In the present case, the aim is to display those works concerned in a showroom.

  • Széchenyi Square - House of Arts and Literature

    Camera obscura experience room and large photo shoot of Széchenyi square with camera obscura

    The Experience Room of the Festival of Light rewards the visitors by allowing them to experience the camera obscura light phenomenon. The light phenomenon is created in the dark room by the effect of light penetrating through a tiny hole, so the reverse, "live" image of the outer world appears on the wall. Visitors can see the several-meter-size photos of Széchenyi square taken by Áron Pórszász photographer by means of a camera.

  • Jókai square

    Jókai light panorama

    In the visual world of the young visual artists of Fényszórók Visual include the stylistic features of surrealism, steampunk as well as the ornamental motifs of secession. They turn wall surfaces into a rotating kaleidoscope, wind-blown canvas, floating water surfaces with hand painted glass slides.

  • Irgalmasok Street, Church of Order of the Brothers Hospitallers

    African inspirations

    The team spent a few weeks in West Africa this year, where they were captivated by the multitude of colours and the beautiful patterns. They collected the most beautiful textiles and painted pictures beside them, which were then animated and animated. African inspirations tells this story.

    "We like painting; creating a new dimension with light and colours. Playing and meditating with the unthinkable offers a great experience. We are inspired by each other's vibrations, nature, organic formations, and folk-tribal motives. The joy of sharing, the sight and the awareness that we can bring a light space to life, stimulate us to create our vision. "

  • Csorba Győző Library, 9 Király Street - yard

    Fullness and emptiness, the play of lights and shadows

    Shadow animation films from the great works of the first half of the 20th century: works by Lotte Reiniger, Tony Sarg, Hidehiko Okuda, and Noburō Ōfuji; Mapping; Hommage á László Moholy-Nagy: Light-Space Modulator model

    This has been the fourth year for Total Art International Art Association to present the Pécs cartoon profession boasting several decades of history with the Animation History of Pcs Exhibition. With their animation workshops, they draws attention to the importance of visual culture. Visitors can not only get an insight into the secrets of the profession, but can also be an active participant in trying out a short, puppet or paper cutting technique

  • Király Street, National Theatre of Pécs

    On the Ground, in the water and air

    Laluz Visuals shows you real and fictional creatures existing only in your imagination. Creatures who live in the water on the ground or in the air. They may just be invisible and you need to an open mind feel them. 

  • Nappali, Király Street

    Nappali By Night

    Fullkolor works with visual static and motion pictures, and on can come across their works mostly at festivals. They build montages from hand-made slides onto landmarks, conjure live video mappings at electronic music parties, and this time they will bring the façade of Nappali to life.

  • Szabadkikötő, 64 Király Street

    Night Harbor 2.0

    Szabadkikötő invites you to a three-day-long audio-visual tour, and this time their crew was recruited from the students of the Electronic Music, Media Studies major students of the, 650-year-old Pécs University as well as from the circle of creative artists involved in the festival this year.

    The resident visual designer in charge of the venue is Full Color Visual.

  • Dóm square

    Zsolnay Light Art Mapping competition 2017

    Under the Zsolnay Festival of Light event, ZSÖK Ltd has called for. the success of the "Zsolnay Light Art" mapping competition of the Pécs Cathedral again. The Festival, following the overwhelming success of 2016, brings together the array of art different forms and creators of light art, the theme of this year's competition is: Attraction of Light.

    The professional partner of Zsolnay Light Art and the host of this competition is also the internationally acclaimed Hungarian mapping artist group, Glowing Bulbs, who are helping not only to compete in the organisation of the competition but also with a new, out-of-the-box, breath-taking opus.

    The central attraction of the Zsolnay Festival of Light, is the competition which can be seen for two days, June 30, 2017 and July 1, 2017, after darkness. Before the competition, on June 30, at 10 am, the epic video of "Book of Jonah " by Glowing Bulbs will be re-screened, and the next day, after the competition, this year's film of the group, "Resonance" will be shown.

    The film on the facade of the Cathedral was inspired by the bell in the western tower. "Peter" cast in 1819, Hungary's eighth largest bell, can be operated for up to 32 seconds, as the resulting vibration can damage the tower for extended periods of time.

    "The bell is a particularly complex phenomenon.

    Acoustically, it is a multidimensional vibration that creates a complicated system through spatial and temporal interaction of dimensions. With regard to its function, the tolling of a bell always calls attention to a particular moment in our lives, exhausting the moment with its sound, blending into every other process. In our film, we want to explore these complex, cross-dimensional effects. Direct synaesthesia of image and sound is directly reinforced by the movements and changes generated by music, while the abstraction is mixed with the scanned elements of reality."

    The audiovisual fusion process is kept in resonance by the experimental electronic music created by S Olbricht and Gábor Deutsch / Anorganik. 

    To enhance the sight, this year, not only the side navels and the towers of the basilica, but the roof is also included in the projection.

    The jury will be made up of a five-member international committee. The competition is held in one category, but in addition to the official prizes to be awarded by the jury, there will be an audience prize as well this year. The recognition for the best mapping creation according to the viewers will be provided by FestivalUnlimited.

    The Zsolnay Light Art Festival of Light is free of charge and is recommended for visitiors of any age.



    Glowing bulbs is one of Hungary's most respected visual workshops. For years they have played a decisive role in the renewal of contemporary visual culture, whether it is a concert or party visual project, a light installation, a video clip, or (to mention one of their most successful works) to bring the side wall of the Hungarian House in Berlin to life.