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Barcelona’s Light Festival returns for its 8th edition this Friday, February 15. The festival transforms the city in this case, the Poblenou neighborhood— into a huge, open-air exhibition for artists, designers and architects who use light as a creative medium.


The idea is, for those involved in the festival, to explore new ways of using light and space, i.e. dynamic lighting, large-scale projection, interactive environments, etc. It’s all about experimentation and innovation. For Barcelona residents and tourists, it’s an opportunity to see the city in a new way.

There are 20 participants in this year’s edition. Prestigious international artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Daniel Canogar, technologists Kyle McDonald and Joanie Lemercier, as well as students from Barcelona’s art, design, lighting and architecture schools will take part in the event.

Important information

Where: Poblenou (Line 1: Marina or Glòries; Line 4: Bogatell or Llacuna)

When: February 15-16, 19:00-24:00; February 17, 19:00-23:00

To download the official map with a list of the festival’s installations, click here.

Photo Contest:

If you decide to attend the event, taking photos of the different Llum BCN installations could win you a prize!

Llum BCN 2019 invites you to share your photos of the festival on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for an opportunity to claim one of three prizes. All you need to do is tag your photos with the festival’s official hashtag: #LlumBCN19!

Here’s what you could win:

  • 1st prize: Barcelona Cultura backpack made with recycled banners
  • 2nd prize: Bag + tablet sleeve + card holder + Barcelona Cultura notepad made of recycled canvas
  • 3rd prize: bag + tablet sleeve + card holder + Barcelona Cultura notepad made of recycled canvas

The contests starts on February 15 at 18:00 and runs until February 20 at 23:59. Jury members from the Institut de Cultura will be in charge of picking the three most original photos.

Winners will be announced on February 22 on Llum BCN‘s website and on Barcelona Cultura’s social networks (@bcncultura on Instagram and Twitter; @barcelonacultura on Facebook).

Food Trucks: Van Van Llum 

The Llum BCN 19 festival is offering up food service! You can find the Van Van Llum food trucks at the following locations:

  • Carrer de Tànger (between Carrer de Zamora and Carrer de Pamplona)
  • Carrer de Sancho de Ávila (between Carrer de Badajoz and Carrer de la Ciutat de Granada)

The gastronomic space offered by Van Van Llum serves as a meeting point for festival visitors as well as a place to take a break — there is a garden of illuminated trees to relax in.

There will be hot food served at food trucks offering a variety of different types of cuisine. Drinks will be on sale as well!

Open Doors

For the Light Festival, some museums and civic centers are offering free access over the weekend. For a list of those that are participating, click here.

Now that you’re armed with all of the necessary information, tell your friends and take advantage of this unique event! We hope to see you there!


Check out @carrersbcn‘s photos on Instagram!

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