The Sharjah Light Festival returns, to spin the stories of light and music that have so enchanted viewers for over a decade. Uniquely combining historical landmarks with modern innovations and technology, Sharjah’s rich heritage and historical monuments take on a mantle of light with a blend of illumination, music and storytelling, thrilling audiences and transporting viewers on multiple journeys through nature, urban landscapes and the evening sky.
Local and international artists, musicians and light technicians participate every year in a collaboration that takes over Sharjah, their efforts culminating in 12 memorable evenings where diverse locations are featured, each selected for its dramatic setting and inspiring architecture. The emirate becomes, beyond the festival, home to a poignant sense of community and inclusivity as spectators together discover a newfound appreciation for the emirate’s landmarks and public spaces.
The emirate's achievements and excellence in all matters related to education, knowledge and innovation are reflected, literally turning technological advancements in the field of lighting into beautiful art displays. Voted the Culture Capital of the Arab World 1998 (UNESCO), Islamic Culture Capital of 2014 and the Capital of Arab Tourism 2015 and most recently World book Capital of 2019 (UNESCO) the emirate of Sharjah offers a new take on building a common language with its cultural distinctiveness, bonding communities and fostering a deep-rooted atmosphere of inclusivity; families gather for the SLF, visitors travel to the emirate for the SLF, strangers meet and talk and friendships are nurtured within the umbrella of the SLF.
As sustainability has grown in importance globally, it has, moreover become part of the SLF agenda, all the lights and projectors used have passed certification for environmental compliance while surrounding lights are switched off saving up to 60 % of the power in area, another defining moment in the journey of the Sharjah Light Festival.