Now in its seventh edition, the open-air visual art festival Spotlight has prepared, for the weekend of April 21-23, 2023, a new series of multimedia experiences in established locations and premiere locations on Calea Victoriei and at ARCUB – Hanul Gabroveni.
The event that awaits, again this year, over 100,000 participants, Spotlight Festival is a project organized by the Capital City Hall, through ARCUB – the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Bucharest, together with the Directorate of Culture, Education, Tourism, with the support of MONUMENT for – the General Directorate of Landscape Architecture and Public Forum Monuments.
Since 2023, Spotlight Festival has been a member of the largest international network of light festivals – The International Light Festivals Organization, thus connecting Bucharest with the largest cities in the world that host spectacular new media events in the public space.
THEME SPOTLIGHT – GEOMETRY OF THE CITY
This year’s Spotlight edition is called Geometry of the City and aims to transform the geometry of the city through three days of light, colour and sound shows. Thus, between April 21 and 23, famous buildings in Bucharest come to life through video mapping, iconic places are populated by multimedia installations, and light art projections animate the city’s statues.
PREMIERE AT SPOTLIGHT #7 – GEOMETRY OF THE CITY
For the first time at Spotlight, the InterContinental Athénée Palace Bucharest Hotel is included in the festival circuit with a huge light projection bearing the signature of one of Romania’s most important contemporary artists, Roman Tolici. Also, the Spotlight map is expanding this year, with an installation in the Bucharest Old Town on the facade of the Gabroveni Inn, the headquarters of the Cultural Center of the City of Bucharest – ARCUB.
Moreover, for the first time, the Spotlight program includes works made by famous names of contemporary art from Romania alongside Romanian street art artists, illustrators and sculptors, who transform iconic places in Bucharest together with new media pioneers from France, Hungary and Austria.
Another new element in this year’s festival edition is the choral music included in the Spotlight program as an element of inspiration for a video mapping performance. Spotlight Festival 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the National Chamber Choir „Madrigal – Marin Constantin” with a video mapping session on the facade of the Odeon Theatre, made by Mindscape Studio after a musical fragment performed by the famous vocal ensemble.
During the weekend of April 21-23, 2023, Spotlight invites the public to explore a city reinvented by new media art through dozens of light-art installations and projections on Calea Victoriei and at ARCUB – Hanul Gabroveni. From the statue of Mihai Eminescu in the Athenaeum park transformed into a visual game, to the Palace of Telephones scaled by illustrated characters, to the Odeon Theater turned into a playground or the Kretzulescu Park turned into a flower garden of light, Spotlight – Geometry of the City prepared for the people of Bucharest, a spectacular visual adventure. This year’s Spotlight route starts from the intersection of Calea Victoriei with Piaţa Amzei Street. It continues along it to Cercul Militar, with a final stop in the Old Center, at ARCUB – Hanul Gabroveni.
The Spotlight program starts every day of the festival at 19.30 and ends at 23.00.
For the second time in a row, MONUMENT for – General Directorate of Landscape Architecture and Public Monuments joins the Spotlight Festival. It animates a series of statues on Calea Victoriei through video mapping shows created by Les Ateliers Nomad as part of the „Living Statues” program. A campaign initiated by MONUMENT aims to enhance emblematic monuments of the city through a series of artistic reactivations.
Spotlight – Bucharest International Light Festival is in its seventh edition and is one of the Bucharest events that annually gathers over 150,000 spectators in three days of the festival. Dozens of artistic works, installations, architectural lighting systems and video-mapping from Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Finland, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Austria and Romania transform emblematic buildings in Bucharest, such as the Central University Library, the National Art Museum of Romania, Odeon Theatre, National Military Circle, CEC Palace.
Inaugurated in 2016 in the context of the International Year of Light, Spotlight has, over time, brought together hundreds of Romanian and international artists and enjoyed collaborations