The Lighting Detectives in Kyoto!

Professional lighting designers and artists from 10 cities around the world will gather in Kyoto for 3-days to discover Kyoto-style of light along with local residents and students.

The Lighting Detectives, started in 1990 and now in its 27th year, is a non-profit group dedicated to the study, observation, and discussion of lighting culture. In 1999, we went global with our activities and held the first Transnational Lighting Detectives Forum in 2002 in Tokyo. From Tokyo the forum traveled to New York, Beijing, Stockholm, Singapore, Madrid, Taipei, and others for a total of 12 cities to host the forum and workshops.

As Tokyo was the kickoff city for the Transnational Lighting Detectives Forum, and after traveling the world to 12 cities, once again the forum will be hosted by Japan in Kyoto. Along with local residents and students the forum will focus discussion and debate on Kyoto-style of light.

For 3-days the forum with lead continuous discussions and debates on Kyoto-style of light, with impromptu studies of neighborhood lighting and design proposals. The lighting design proposals will also be tested in a round of Light Up Ninja!

  • Date:2017, June 8th(THU)~ June 10th(SUN)Light Up at Heian Jingu ends June 11th
  • Organizer:Lighting Detectives
  • Co-Organizer:OKAZAKI LOOPS, MBS, Matsubara Street Area Revitalization Project Committee
  • Supported by:Kyoto City
  • Sponsors:USHIO LIGHTING, INC., / MAXRAY INC. / ALTO CO., LTD. / Luci Pte. Ltd./ iGuzzini / We-ef Lighting / Lamp / ERCO Lighting Pte. Ltd. / Lutron Electronics
  • Cooperated with:Kyoto University of Art & Design/ Kyoto University School of Architecture Housing and Environmental Design + Ishida Lab./ Kyoto City University of Arts Environmental Design Lab. /Kyoto Institute of Technology Sakata Lab.
  • Workshop Venue:Public facility at Matsubara Area、ROHM Theatre
  • Talk Event Venue:The Museum of Kyoto Annex Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto Park Plaza 3F Public Lobby
  • Light Up Area:Matsubara Street, Heian Jingu Shrine and surrounding area

Related Programs ◇ Talk Event

June 8th(THU) 18:00 - 20:30 @ The Museum of Kyoto Annex Hall

  • Presentation Night “Kyoto+Talk about Cultural Heritage of Light”

June 10th(SAT)16:00 - 18:00 @ROHM Thetre Kyoto Park Plaza 3F Public Lobby ・Talk
Event “Light of Historical City – Mexico City・Belgrade・Madrid・Kyoto-”

  • Guest:Gustavo Aviles, Ignacio Valero, Aleksandra Stratimirovic
  • Organizer:Lighting Detectives, ROHM Theatre Kyoto(Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation)
  • Co-Organizer:OKAZAKI LOOPS, MBS

Details will be announced in Lighting Detectives web site (

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