LUMO Light Festival Oulu
23–25 November 2018

This year’s Lumo Light Festival is concentrated within Oulu city centre and spans only one weekend. Once again, the festival is highly international, and most of the artworks receive their Finnish premieres in Oulu and Lumo. The selection features also many pieces made by local artists and communities from Oulu. Lumo Festival 2018 is already the sixth of its kind in Oulu.

The theme of the Lumo Festival this year is feelings, which the artworks placed on display arouse in many forms – reaching beyond everyday experience, even touching on the sublime. Landscapes of the moon, a tempest of love arising from unknown forces, love darning the torn-up world together, a street ripped apart to reveal the underworld, longing and death, emotions hiding in the depths of consciousness, journeys around the world, between the heavenly and the infernal – all of these are central themes and images of this year’s Lumo Festival.

The Lumo Light Festival invites everyone to embark on an adventure of light and shadows in Oulu this November.

The whole program will be released on 23 October.



Sturm Der Liebe

Everything bathes in mazarine blue. Birds announce a rising, undefined energy, swelling in the distance. A whirlwind of colours rouses, dictated by the growing sound of distant voices. Emotions flare up in every corner and as chaos passionately takes over, a storm reaches its climax.

The similarities between the build-up to a hurricane and the ups and downs in an ardent relationship are endless. Sturm der Liebe visualises this metaphor in all its facets. From the tiniest molecule finding its way to the eye of the storm to endorphins released, each element remains in constant movement. You cannot help but get carried away by Nele Fack’s compelling projections onto Oulu Cathedral, propelled by the powerful soundtrack of composer AMyn.

Relief eventually comes when the tempest dies down and tempers have calmed. All seems peaceful again, but is it calm before the storm?

Museum Of The Moon

Shopping Centre Valkea
By: Luke Jerram, (UK)
Sponsored by: Shopping Centre Valkea

Measuring  seven metres  in diameter, the  moon features 120dpi  detailed NASA imagery of  the lunar surface. At an approximate  scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of  the internally lit spherical sculpture represents  5km of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion  of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor  Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. 

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Skeleton Dance

Kirkkokatu 9
By: Skullmapping (Belgia)
Sponsored by: LähtiTapiola

In 'Skeleton Dance', the street breaks open to reveal the underworld to the public. An unpleasant discovery, as there are gruesome skeletons hiding under the paving stones… But what starts out as a nightmare takes an unexpected turn and even has a romantic ending...

We created a mapping project in which we developed a new technique to project onto the cobblestones  instead of onto a building. A procedure similar to the well-known street paintings, but with moving images.


Darned by Love


Program Manager Jarkko Halunen
+ 358 44 703 8274

Producer Anna Lanas
+358 44 317 1282


Past festivals

Lumo Light Festival Oulu was celebrated for the fifth time in 2017. The theme of the festival was “Encounters”. Visitors came across astonishing encounters in familiar environments, in virtual worlds, and with characters from the past painted with lights. The festival lightened up the darkest days of the year and created stunning views, strange appearances and performances that enabled the audience to see their environment with new eyes.

The weekend 17–19 November was the main weekend of the festival, during which the works of European guest artists and groups were exhibited and most of the festival events were kicked off. The works and events of the main weekend were on display mostly in and around downtown Oulu.

The program continued until Finland’s centennial independence celebration on 6 December. The light artworks with their different shades of blue on the last week of the festival were part of the official Finland 100 programme in Oulu.

Once again, the Lumo Light Festival also left a long-lasting impact in the cityscape with permanent light installations.