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Zsolnay Light Art

After last year’s successful event, Zsolnay Light Festival and Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd. announced the second annual international Zsolnay Light Art Mapping Competition composed on Pécs Cathedral, with a total prize money of €10.000.

Mappings will be displayed for two nights on June 30 and July 1 on the façade of Pécs Cathedral as the main attraction of Zsolnay Light Festival. Organizing partner and official host of the 2017 competition, internationally renowned Hungarian visual arts studio, Glowing Bulbs will also be presenting yet another opus at this year’s festival, and a selection of out-of-competition works will be showcased on the night of June 30, including Glowing Bulbs’ epic work, ‘The Book of Jonah’.

Besides the Southern façade and the two towers, the Cathedral’s roof will also be added this year to the mapping site to enhance the overall visual experience.

Winner of the three Jury Prizes will be selected by an international Jury Panel, and shortlisted works will also be open for a public vote for the Audience Prize, granted by

The Zsolnay Light Art Mapping Competition is free for all visitors, and is recommended for all ages. For further information on the festival program, please visit

About the competition

Theme: Attracted to Light

Site: Southern facade including the two towers and roof of Pécs Cathedral (see template)

Date of competition: June 30 and July 1, 2017

We are expecting audio-visual mappings reflecting on the subject, ‘Attracted to Light’, engaging with the architecture, spirit and traditions of Pécs Cathedral.

During selection process the Jury will select a maximum of 10 pieces to be presented live.

The Competition is open to emerging and established artists, students and professionals – both individual and group applications are accepted.

Individuals under the age of 18 may only apply with written parental consent.

By registering, applicants automatically accept competition rules.


Zsolnay Mapping Festival Grand Jury Prize – €5.500

Zsolnay Mapping Festival 2nd Place – €3.000

Zsolnay Mapping Festival 3rd Place – €1.500

Zsolnay Mapping Festival Audience Prize by

Competition stages:

1. Application and Project proposal

Submission deadline: April 30, 2017 - 12:00 AM (midnight)

Longlist announced: May 8, 2017


  • Registration on
  • Completed Application form
  • Project proposal  – candidates will be asked to write a short description of their project
  • Mood or Storyboard – attach still images of key scenes using a template provided by Zsolnay Mapping Festival, and present the mood of the accompanying music

1. Preview

Submission deadline: May 29, 2017 - 12:00 AM (midnight)

Shortlist announced: June 5, 2017


  • Shortlisted participants present their Finished Project in fullHD resolution with music

2. Submitting Final Competition Material

  • Submission deadline: July 20, 2017
  • Upload complete video and audio material of the Project in fullHD resolution according to the technical specifications provided in the competition tender

Contestants will be notified via e-mail upon registration and after each stage. If you have any questions, please contact us at