Sharjah Light Festival

Avenue of Lights

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Sharjah University City Campus Avenue
Artist:
Nomada Design Team

The great ballet of the Sharjah Light festival opens on one of the most accessible…

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Connections

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Sharjah Police Academy
Artist:
Filip Roca & Dan Garotte

What is the link between families and cultures? Should we seek for its very origin?…

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One More Night

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
University City Hall
Artist:
Cindy Lo

“One more night” is a creative fusion between drawings using various techniques and 2D animations…

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Marching through Life

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
American University of Sharjah
Artist:
Julien Croyal

What is University about? University can be thought as the gathering of an intellectual family…

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The Living Netting

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Sharjah Book Authority
Artist:
Nooraiz Hasan

Identity takes shape throughout generations. Step by step, habits develop, rules take roots. Family itself…

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Transmission - The Opening Ceremony

February 06-01
Opening Ceremony Starts at 8.15pm on the 06th of February
6.00pm - 11.00pm on weekdays 6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Sharjah City Municipality
Artist:
Laurent Langlois

The show “Transmission” imagined for Sharjah Municipality is a powerful tribute to Arabic culture and…

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Aquatic Parade

February 06-16
Starts daily at 8:30 PM for 45 minutes.
The show is off on Monday February 11, 2019.

Location:
Khalid Lagoon
Artist:
Ilotopie

This show is a fairy tale on the water, a delicate prologue tickling eyes and…

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Journey Through Light

February 06-16
Starts daily at 8:30 PM for 45 minutes.
The show is off on Monday February 11, 2019.

Location:
Khalid Lagoon
Artist:
Groupe F

Sharjah’s lagoon will welcome a unique celebration, reflecting all over the city from watery waves…

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A Lagoon’s Reflection

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Masjid Al Noor
Artist:
Raphaelle Martinez

This show is a direct tribute to Sharjah as an Arabic capital of culture and…

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Sky Lines

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Khalid Lagoon
Artist:
Emmanuel Chapelan

The lagoon lights are a poetic tribute to the multiculturalism of Sharjah, building a bridge…

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A Bridge of Light

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Al Qasba - Internal Façades
Artist:
Alexey Fedorov

Laser technology shows off the best of Qasba architecture to broadcast a show full of…

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A Fireflies Forest

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Palm Oasis - Khalid Lagoon
Artist:
Nomada Design Team

Have you ever dreamt of venturing into an enchanted forest? A place where light pops…

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Route of Cultures

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Artist:
Joan Molin & Roger Amat

“Route of Cultures” is a trip back to the trade relations between the old cultures…

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Aquatic Visions

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Municipality and Municipal Council (Al Hamriyah)
Artist:
Albane Chaumet

Arabic literature gives great importance to the wonderful, especially in tales and stories of journeys.…

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Matter of Mythology

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Municipality, Municipal Council and Directorate of Human Resources (Kalba)
Artist:
Vincent Masson

This show displays the story of the very origins of culture and its inscription on…

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Heritage as a Journey

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Municipality, Municipal Council and Town Planning Department (Khorfakkan)
Artist:
Studio Halpeji

Every civilisation holds the basic elements of each writing system to pass on heritage, of…

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Tales in Mosaic

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Location:
Masjid Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi (Dibba Al Hisn)
Artist:
Francois Decourbe

Grand Mosque Dibba, overlooking the busy activities of a fishing harbor and the spiritual infinity…

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2019 Spotlight

Avenue of Lights

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

The great ballet of the Sharjah Light festival opens on one of the most accessible and powerful light installations. A gallery of light as a tribute to the spirit of the festival, symbolizing the bonds between Sharjah’s educational monuments. A technical masterpiece of a show that showcases the variety of light installations that are part of the Sharjah Light Festival. 4 months to set up, 4.6 km of lights, countless eyes amazed.

Artist

Nomada Design Team
The creative crew is composed of light artists, lighting designers and engineers who have been active in the field of light art since the 1990s.

Location

Sharjah University City Campus Avenue

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Connections

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

What is the link between families and cultures? Should we seek for its very origin? “Connections" is an interpretation of the strong relations nature and humans are able to develop. Connections between Art and Science, Architecture and Light, Families and Cultures. This show explores these connections by looking at the connections between sound, the visual and space with the canvas of 3 beautiful facades.

Artist

Filip Roca & Dan Garotte
Living in Barcelona, the city of art and architecture, Filip Roca, Yugoslavian and Dan Garotte, Catalan, master different technics that they combine to create beautiful artworks. While Roca specializes in the field of architectural video projections, object mapping and live generative visuals, Garotte is a renowned leader in motion graphics and real-time performances. Together they explore generative and organic visual territories to convert architecture into colorful natural landscapes.

Location

Sharjah Police Academy

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One More Night

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

“One more night” is a creative fusion between drawings using various techniques and 2D animations on computer software. The show will display a dreamlike epic through tales from Orient and Occident. Thanks to a subtle play on visual metamorphosis, City Hall’s facade turns into a wonderful show echoing our collective memory filled with princes and princesses, initiatory journeys, mythological animals, lost treasures and wise encounters. This show acts therefore as a tribute to these tales that help us grow and feed our imagination.

Artist

Cindy Lo
Cindy Lo is a multidisciplinary Cambodian artist fascinated by the connection between ancestral cosmogony and contemporary cosmology.

Location

University City Hall

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Marching through Life

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

What is University about? University can be thought as the gathering of an intellectual family passing on everlasting knowledge and desire to learn even more to each next generation of students. The show imagined for American university of Sharjah symbolizes this procession of actors passing on traditions and knowledge from one generation to another. A band of characters in animated hand drawing, march and play all around the facade of the building, a tribute to the talent of AUS’s creative students.

Artist

Julien Croyal
Illustrator and motion designer, Julien Croyal enjoys working with both traditional and digital material, switching from a pen and a sheet of paper to a stylus and a touch screen to animate sceneries and characters. Drawing inspiration from Franco-Belgian comics to foreign pop-culture elements, he intends to tell playful stories in still or animated images, pursuing the desire to explore a multiplicity of medium in this regard, from wall painting to screenprinting, adding now projection mapping to his list.

Location

American University of Sharjah

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The Living Netting

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

Identity takes shape throughout generations. Step by step, habits develop, rules take roots. Family itself develops in time, generation after generation its very own culture. However, outside cultures and influences also shape a family, culture and family are therefore evolving in a constant state of transformation: a symbol for a solid base with constant renewal. The Book authority show takes its inspiration from organic elements such as coral, and displays a variety of unique graphical universes each developing in their own way and expanding to meet each other.

Artist

Nooraiz Hasan
Originating from Pakistan and living in the United Arab Emirates, Nooraiz Hasan brings his culture into his work and takes the audience to a universe of new geometrical forms and magnificent colors. As shapes take form on architecture, music brings new emotions and the work of Nooraiz is accomplished: creating magical illusions.

Location

Sharjah Book Authority

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Transmission - The Opening Ceremony

February 06-01
Opening Ceremony Starts at 8.15pm on the 06th of February
6.00pm - 11.00pm on weekdays 6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

The show “Transmission” imagined for Sharjah Municipality is a powerful tribute to Arabic culture and the ones who made it live, yesterday and today. The stories emerging from legends and mythic poets that are still told today. This show focuses on the universality of Arabic culture and singularity of its symbols. It aims at presenting Sharjah as a place of reunion of all these different directions. The show takes full advantage of the magnificence of the Municipality building to enhance its colossal architecture with a thought-provoking ballet.

Artist

Laurent Langlois
Laurent Langlois’ activities are mainly based on the art of using projected photographic images in his stage directing and space designing projects. Since 1986, he’s been collaborating for multiple cultural events, in museums, theatres and festivals.

Location

Sharjah City Municipality

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Aquatic Parade

February 06-16
Starts daily at 8:30 PM for 45 minutes.
The show is off on Monday February 11, 2019.

Show

This show is a fairy tale on the water, a delicate prologue tickling eyes and curiosity and drawing the audience to the beautiful lagoon show. A 200 meters long parade magically leading to the Grand Final on the water. An aquatic muse dressed in blue gown opens the dance, a dozen glowing silhouettes emerge from a mysterious mist and follow her as a colony of servants. After them come the fairy's luggage, carried by giant floating horses and their rides, loaded with trunks and shimmering fabrics. What follows is a captivating show with mythic aquatic heroes, fire and petals swirling in the sky spreading sparkles.

Artist

Ilotopie
Since its creation, Ilotopie has developed artistic creations and cultural experiences built on the greatest transversality of disciplines possible. This unique team sprung from an island hidden in the depth of France’s mystical and bewitching wetland region of Camargue. Nested in the mouth of the Rhone where the river progressively flows into the Mediterranean Sea, Ilotopie spawned from the mesmerizing wonders and forces of water. So as to preserve this singular point of view they hold on the world, Ilotopie creates artistic universes in which they draw the audience from the ultimately intimate to the ultimately universal.

Location

Khalid Lagoon

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Journey Through Light

February 06-16
Starts daily at 8:30 PM for 45 minutes.
The show is off on Monday February 11, 2019.

Show

Sharjah’s lagoon will welcome a unique celebration, reflecting all over the city from watery waves to clear sky. We are reminded of ancient celebrations and forgotten cities, but also the joy of gathering with family to watch the skies together.

Artist

Groupe F
Groupe F is a worldwide renowned company designing pyrotechnic shows and open-air theatrical artworks. They have enlightened the skies of Olympic Games, Football World Cups, New Year’s Eves at iconic monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Burj Khalifa and more. Their fireworks combine technicality and art at the same time, the members of their team are engineers as well as artists. When Groupe F takes possession of a building or an event, the sky becomes their paper and fire is their pen.

Location

Khalid Lagoon

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A Lagoon’s Reflection

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

This show is a direct tribute to Sharjah as an Arabic capital of culture and is a reminder of the surrounding landscape of Al Noor Mosque as well as of the water environment of Sharjah. The Mosque alongside the water acts like a spiritual gate to the city.

Artist

Raphaelle Martinez
Raphaelle Martinez has created projection mapping artworks all around the world, developing light art concepts and projection mapping ideas that make thousands of people smile.

Location

Masjid Al Noor

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Sky Lines

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

The lagoon lights are a poetic tribute to the multiculturalism of Sharjah, building a bridge of light over the water of the lagoon, and therefore over cultural differences. The lagoon lights offer a new perspective of the Festival. They ask the audience to raise their eyes to the sky and and see the landscape anew.

Artist

Emmanuel Chapelan
As a lighting designer, Emmanuel Chapelan creates the lighting and atmosphere of a location. The combination of colors, effects and intensity of the light can transform a landscape into different ambiances. Each spectator will feel different emotions while the light changes and evolves. Using technical expertise to create lighting schemes, he is always looking for creative and innovative solutions balanced with the most up to date and energy efficient technology.

Location

Khalid Lagoon

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A Bridge of Light

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

Laser technology shows off the best of Qasba architecture to broadcast a show full of life and energy. Highlighting the architecture in a dynamic and playful way, the laser show illuminates each detail and cuts out stone carving like delicate lace. Emerging from both internal facades of Al Qasba, laser threads make these twin edges meet and build a bridge over the water. This play of light draws us to reflect on the many paths we choose to travel and the point at which we meet again to come home.

Artist

Alexey Fedorov
Alexey Fedorov is working since the last 25 years for international and UAE projects. His experience covers complex and artistic shows created with the German laser-controller "LaserGraph DSP". Mr. Fedorov is an expert for special laser shows, such as lasermapping, 3D aerial effect shows and laser effects in combination with light, video, water fountains and other kind of special effects. His speciality is working with a huge amount of laser systems at the same time, creating the most spectacular shows nowadays.

Location

Al Qasba - Internal Façades

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A Fireflies Forest

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

Have you ever dreamt of venturing into an enchanted forest? A place where light pops out of the trees and bewilders your senses? Where the borders between dream and reality are fading away… Palm oasis sees its famous trees covered with billions of fireflies. This installation rethinks this space to offer a renewed use for families and friends. During the festival, they are invited to gather, wander and wonder. This technical marvel “sets light” to 330 trees.

Artist

Nomada Design Team
The creative crew is composed of light artists, lighting designers and engineers who have been active in the field of light art since the 1990s.

Location

Palm Oasis - Khalid Lagoon

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Route of Cultures

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

“Route of Cultures” is a trip back to the trade relations between the old cultures around the world, one of the first mediums of making connections between cultures – opening roads and building bridges. The adventure starts in Ancient China, crosses India and Old Mesopotamia, on the way, we will encounter dangerous glaciers, fertile oasis, graceful horses, lost pearls...a story on the walls.

Artist

Joan Molin & Roger Amat
Based in Spain, Joan Molins and Roger Amat are audiovisual creators. Their extensive work in art, graphic designing, illustration, broadcasting, advertisement and show business has taken them everywhere around the world. In 2017, they founded MARTES, a creative atelier where many of their artistic projects were born.

Location

Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Aquatic Visions

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

Arabic literature gives great importance to the wonderful, especially in tales and stories of journeys. The patterns in this show take elements of the wondrous from Arabic literature; fishing nets, azulejos mosaics, Arabian carpets and transform into marvelous aquatic visions. The activity of Al Hamriya city is centered around its lagoon and harbor, which therefore highly influences its culture. This show is directly inspired from this aquatic world becoming a fantastic childish universe, a contemplative moment for families.

Artist

Albane Chaumet
As an international animated films designer and illustrator, Albane Chaumet brings life to buildings by projecting her work onto them. She transports her spectators to a world of insomnia and dreams. She uses her imagination, fired by limericks, word plays and poetry to create unexpected pictures and movements.

Location

Municipality and Municipal Council (Al Hamriyah)

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Matter of Mythology

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

This show displays the story of the very origins of culture and its inscription on paper: literature, the page itself holds a variety of treasures. The practical use of paper and ink are shown as open gates leading to stories and spirituality. “Matter of Mythology” will therefore display several scenes, beginning in the curves of calligraphy. These curves progressively take the shape of book pages covering the buildings’ facades.

Artist

Vincent Masson
From Los Angeles to Paris, passing by Bangkok or São Paulo, and for the first time in Sharjah, Vincent Masson travels the world with his shows. Inspired by the Japanese culture, the world of David Cronenberg, animation, video games, science fiction and posthuman theories, he expresses his art by questioning the instability of contemporary bodies. In his work, the fluctuation of identity corresponds to the transformation of the body. The protagonists of his stories become variables in perpetual state of evolution.

Location

Municipality, Municipal Council and Directorate of Human Resources (Kalba)

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Heritage as a Journey

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

Every civilisation holds the basic elements of each writing system to pass on heritage, of a way of thinking, or of a story. This show will retrace on the first facade, the journey of the smallest of signs in its simplest shape (a dot, a line) as it changes into a sharply designed silhouette, a letter. The second building will take the audience to an educational journey through the traditional book cover marble technique called “Suminagashi”, an inspirational, abstract show with landscapes and gently moving organic shapes.

Artist

Studio Halpeji
Studio Halpeji is a duo of artists trained at ENSAD in Paris and the HEAD in Geneva. They are talented graphic and interactive designers who like to turn almost any surface into a dynamic video display, while exploring a wide range of digital technologies.

Location

Municipality, Municipal Council and Town Planning Department (Khorfakkan)

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Tales in Mosaic

February 06-16
6.00pm - 11.00pm
6.00pm - 12.00am (on weekends)

Show

Grand Mosque Dibba, overlooking the busy activities of a fishing harbor and the spiritual infinity of the lonely sea, is the facade for this show. The voices and stories being told to families and new generations can be seen as a mosaic of speech, a kaleidoscope of tales and elder’s wisdom. The show’s aesthetic focuses on traditional Arabic lines and offers endless texturized effects. One after another, an infinite variety of glass pieces, mosaic, offers us a different way of seeing and in this way; a different way to see the world. A colorful experience that will act as a contemplative show for families and friends to marvel at.

Artist

Francois Decourbe
Francois Decourbe is a well-experienced lighting designer and consultant combining creativity with pragmatism and developing light solutions that are energy efficient and visually impactful. Specializing in light and environment, Decourbe is committed to the realization of original lighting concepts that enhance spaces. With wide international experience in a variety of projects, he seeks to implement lighting solutions that best meet the aesthetic and environmental goals of the projects.

Location

Masjid Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi (Dibba Al Hisn)

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