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The festival

The country's first and only light festival, the Zsolnay Light Festival in Pécs illuminates downtown Pécs with dazzling light creations every July. The buildings are clad in garments of light, the streets are carpeted with light, while the monumental façade of the Cathedral is brought to life by the best 3D cinematic projections of the international mapping competition.

The 4-day festival is a memorably experience for families and groups of friends in the Mediterranean city center of Pécs, with mappings paintings and numerous accompanying programs!

Walking along the Route of Light crossing downtown Pécs, visitors can again see sometimes grandiose, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes extravagant – but in each case amazingly spectacular, space-specific light installations.

Every year, the event attracting the greatest interest is the Zsolnay Light Art International Mapping Competition, when moving, three-dimensional artworks of light come to life on the façade of the Cathedral.

The festival organically combines the world of light festivals with street art productions, concerts, theatre and contemporary circus performances. Visitors can acquire insight into the nature of light in an interactive and entertaining manner, and this educational satellite events convey new, creative content to visitors. The domestic and foreign artists invited and creative workshops mostly include internationally recognized professionals of the field and play a leading role in this dynamically developing form of art.

There is no other event in Hungary that offers as many diverse attractions, building mappings, light sculptures and interactive light shows as the city of Pécs and the Zsolnay Light Festival!

Zsolnay Light Festival 2023

It was the seventh time for Zsolnay Light Festival to await the audience thirsting for world-class light experiences in Pécs, between 6-9 July 2023. Visitors could see our planet from the perspective of astronauts, the legends of the Mecsek forests came to life with mapping, and those who came could experience it through a four-dimensional experience as the music appeared visually in front of their eyes. More than 100 programs awaited those interested: in the afternoons, giant dodos were roaming around the Mediterranean streets of Pécs, and in the evenings the world's best light artists presented their grandiose moving mapping works in the Zsolnay Light Art international mapping competition.