A UNIQUE LIGHTING DESIGN EVENT
The heart of the project is the workshop. Only the theme and the lighting trail are determined in advance by Alingsås Energi. The workshop lasts for one week and the lighting designers and the students work together day and night. No one knows what the final result will be until the grand opening. Thereafter, the installations can be seen for five weeks throughout October.
ONCE UPON A TIME…
In 1998, students from Ljuscentrum at the University of Gothenburg came to Alingsås to experiment with architectural lighting in public spaces. The following year they did the same thing and were joined by students from Jönköping University. It was a success for both the residents of Alingsås and the students. The municipality of Alingsås therefore entered into an agreement with the Professional Lighting Designers Association (PLDA) in 2000. Since 2018, Alingsås Energi is the owner of the project and collaborates with International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) that connects Alingsås Energi with lighting designers around the world.
A BRIGHT FUTURE
Lights is a much appreciated lighting design event by visitors, designers and students.
It has become a matter of course for many who study lighting design and architecture to participate in the workshop and see it as a part of the their education. In the lighting design industry it is even common to ask each other “Have you done Lights?”. And the one who once visited the event and participated in the workshop is happy to do so again. So the question is, have you done Lights?
Lights has become a world-class lighting design event that many people want to participate in. Internationally active designers apply to become Workshop heads and to lead a group of international students, that also apply to be part of the workshop. They get valuable “hands on” experiences of lighting design and the creation of the installations, which can otherwise be difficult to obtain. The workshop week itself is intensive and starts with lectures and presentations. Then sketches and prototypes are made. They are tested, discussions are held and reports are made. Finally, the finished installations are displayed. The workshop offers a wide range of theory and practice.
Immediately after the opening ceremony, the exhibition begins. For five weeks, the installations are up and running and Alingsås is filled with visitors every night in October who want to walk the light trail, on their own or with a guided tour. Cafes and restaurants have extra opening hours, shops organize shopping events and associations and companies arrange events for their customers. Running races, exhibitions and concerts are other activities that are added each year. 2020 was slightly different, due to the current pandemic.
WHAT’S BEHIND LIGHTS?
Follow Lights for a whole year and discover all the steps that takes us to those five magic autumn weeks.
Designers apply to be part of Lights in Alingsås as Workshop Heads.
THEME & LIGHTING TRAIL
The project group determines where the lightng trail should go and what theme should be.
SELECTION OF WORKSHOP HEADS
The designers get selected.
All designers arrive to a first meeting in Alingsås where they go the lighting trail and get to be familiar with the theme. The first concept ideas are developed.
Students send their applications.
The designers make sketches and submit requests to Alingsås Energi for equipment that is needed for their installations. Alingsås Energi tries to match these requests and have a dialogue with the sponsors.
All students and designers meet for the first time during the workshop week to build and create the installations together.
During five weeks, the installations are up. During this time, the visitors can walk with a guide along the trail, attend lectures and various events.