Prague Light Festival SIGNAL kicks off!

From 16th – 19th October the historical center of Prague will be unveiled in a new light again! The second edition of Prague Light Festival SIGNAL kicks off today with 20 light installations, 10 world premieres, 4 video mappings and a series of interactive projects, workshops and boat trips set to transform the centre of Prague into a giant outdoor gallery of audio-visual art!

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Onionlab

The first edition of SIGNAL festival became the biggest and the most-visited cultural event in the Czech Republic last year. In Prague a completely brand new event took place which was visited by almost 250 000 visitors. The leading international and local specialists in the field of audio-visual art, video-mappings and light installations will be guiding the spectators during a four days series of breathtaking projections and light installations this year again. The organisers are awaiting some 400 000 visitors.

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Maxin10sity

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Nerdworking

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The Electric Canvas – Mestska Knihovna

What to expect? The festival opening will kick off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Square with maximum intensity presented by the Hungarian collective Maxin10sity and their Dreamforge projected onto Kinsky Palace. A unique 3D video mapping called E:Merge will be projected onto the facade of Michnuv Palace, presenting an abstract interplay of lines and illusive spaces; created by the Turkish network of designers Nerdworking. The Electric Canvas, the video mapping magicians from Australia who illuminated the Sydney Opera House, will bring a vivid and bright visual experience Out of Place to Prague. They will turn the Municipal Library building into a giant colourful canvas. The unique façade of the Church of St. Ludmila will be illuminated by the Spanish authors Onionlab who will construct and alternate the reality through time with their piece called Evolution.

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Jen Lewin – ‘The Pool’

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Chevalvert – ‘Murmur’

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Crystallation – ‘Preciosa’

The visitors can also expect more than 20 light installations. For example, the interactive installation called The Pool, an environment of giant circles created from interactive circular pads, is the work of an American renowned artist Jen Lewin who originally produced the installation for the famous Burning Man Festival. MURMUR by the French artist collective Chevalvert will transform the sound waves into the light waves. It will be placed in Staromestka mostecka vez, Krizovnicke namesti. In front of the Rudolfinum building a unique light-crystal installation will make an unforgettable experience. Here the visitors will turn into the creators by hanging their own crystal and thus making the CRYSTALLATION tunnel complete. This installation has been carried out in cooperation with Preciosa. The festival will also feature Czech renowned artists such as Petr Nikl and the internationally renowned David Černý as well as a young Czech artist Gabriela Prochazka who will release a giant sea monster Kraken into the Vltava river.

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Ring Ging Bling

All information on the installations here: http://www.signalfestival.com/2014/en/program-2/

The SIGNAL Festival also offers a rich accompanying program. Thanks to the cooperation with the boat company Venice of Prague the visitors can sail through the festival on a boat Vodouch. During the enchanting boat trip that takes about 30 minutes, each participant can let out lucky lampions onto the Vltava surface. The visitors can also attend various workshops: painting with light, tagtooling, videomapping or light design workshops. SIGNAL will not even leave out the experts in the field of audio-visual art and thus prepared a discussion on the creative industries and a round table on organising light festivals.

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Maxime Houot and Nohista – Cyclique. Photograph by Maxime Houot

Kindly find all information on the side events here: http://www.signalfestival.com/2014/en/side-events/

SIGNAL has been featured among the top 10 light art festivals in Europe by The Guardian.

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Jari Haanpera – ‘FYR’. Photograph by Jari Haanpera

SIGNAL was nominated by the European Festival Awards for Best New Festival and Best Major Festival.

“We are proud that SIGNAL has recently been featured among the Top 10 light art festivals in Europe by The Guardian: It is one more reason why to come over to Prague this October”, says Pavel Sedlak, program director of the festival.

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Kimchips – ‘Light Barrier’ 

SIGNAL will once again transform Prague public spaces into a giant and shining open-air gallery.

Connect with SIGNAL and stay up to date via www.signalfestival.com, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or G+!

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