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The route of light

In addition to the Mapping Competition, you will be able to savour the most intense experience of the festival if you walk along all 29 stations our boulevard of light at The Route of Light. After twilight, the local and foreign artists' site-specific lightworks amaze visitors. Their compositions are displayed in the cozy streets, squares, inner gardens and church facades of Pécs.

In the evenings, The Route of Light, expanded with new locations this year, will make downtown Pécs a dazzling wonder world. Visitors interested can come across light creations made with both analogue and digital techniques, as well as static and interactively controlled installations. In addition to domestic artists, the works of Finnish, Spanish, Brazilian and Mexican artists make The Route of Light an international curiosity.

At the free festival, those who want even more experience, The Route of Light Extra can offer something more at its exclusive locations and exclusive programs. They can be visited by purchasing a festival wrist-band.

Concept of Route of Light: Péter Pusker
Co-curators: Bálint Gévai, Andrea Kovács, Márton Noll

You can visit The Route of Light:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 21.30–01.00
Sunday: 21.30–00.00

Stations with different availabilities will be indicated at the relevant descriptions!

For detailed information regarding ticket purchase: Information

The Route of Light map is avaliable through this link.

Where it is not specifically indicated, the creations can be seen free of charge!

Other than the attractions of the Route of Light, unique lightarts can be seen at our joining program hosts, which are: Nana Bistro & Bar, Nappali, Szabadkikötő, Trezor, Wunderbar.
Artists: Grafoscope (Emil Schulteisz), JoFa Laser, Emese Karácsony, XGrid Lab

  • Barbakán

    Saxum Infinitium


    When we look at a piece of stone, we find ourselves against one of the most aincent materials in the history of architecture based on the old traditions of centuries. It is natural, resistant, beautiful and it carries some sort of ancient, raw power.

    What happens if light meets stone? In the 3D mapping of Barbakán bastion we can get rid of the boundaries between space and time, ancient and modern and we could get closer to understand the universe with a brand new approach.

  • Esze Tamás Street

    Tímea Ferth: Le voyage dans la lune A trip to the Moon

    Tímea Ferth: Le voyage dans la lune
    A trip to the Moon

    We are in 1902, and Georges Mélies drops us into the face of the Moon wrapped in a metal coneshaped rocket, just to explore it! Underground darkness, unknown, gleaming textures and

    Esze Tamás street goes completely dark, so that you can explore the light-reactive environmental scenes of the Moon with the flashlight of your phone. Sometimes it’s scary, but it worth laughing instead.

  • Szent István square

    Hidden Garden

    Hidden Garden
    Koros Design

    Hidden Garden is an installation inspired by natural geometries and mechanisms. The artificial flowers are hidden around the trees and they extend the city’s green space by creating a unique

    The Budapest based studio Koros Design (Réka Magyar and Péter Koros) is working with special materials and new technologies to create inflatable light installations. Their art works were invited to several light festivals and theatre productions.

    Light programming by Limelight

  • Szent István square

    Pixel beetle / PIXNSECT

    Glowing Bulbs

    The totem animal of the Zsolnay Light Festival will celebrate the universality of light this year in a new environment with expanded light space and quadronic sound. In the daytime, the digital public statue simply puts its exhibition site into a new perspective, but in the evening, the rose-beetle magnified thousand-fold will come to life and fill their surroundings with light.
    While its shape is simplified to the extreme and far from the usual representation, the pixel-controlled LEDs placed on the structure link the structure to Pécs as clip. The light-play becoming visible in the evening evokes the glitter of eosin as a static vase becomes dynamic and alive. The four-hundred-kilo illuminated lo-poly beetle with its hundreds of unique elements, can be seen even from an airplane, but it can also be admired by the festival's visitors from a short distance.

    Sculpture and light play by Glowing Bulbs
    Sound by Rozi Mákó
    Technical partner: LightPositive

  • Littke Palace Visitor’s Centre (The building of Pezsgőház restaurant – Szent István square 12.)


    ABDX (MEX)

    The word Numen comes from Latin - it is a synonym of Sacrum (Sacred): encompasses all that exists beyond the everyday and natural world that we experience. Numen installation consists of an immersive audiovisual projection that captures the visitor´s senses in an overwhelming environment of light, shapes, and sound recreating the feeling of an ancient temple in an unknown world. It’s an immersive feeling based on synesthesia. All the sounds are generated by the essential characteristics of generative geometrical visual elements. Each shape and form triggers information to make a sonical representation of the composition creating the impression of an unknown language.
    With: Rodrigo GUZMAN

    AV Composers: ABDX live set: 27th of June., Thursday 00.00
    Special projection technology partner: Visual Europe Group
    Corresponding partner: Littke Palace Visitor’s Centre

    Opening hours: Thursday: 21.30–01.00, Friday, Saturday: 10.00–01.00, Sunday: 10.00–00.00
    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Szent István square – Miasszonyunk zárdatemplom

    Night lantern

    Night Projection

    In recent years, the Night Projection team, as a technical partner, has been involved in the implementation of special lightworks such as the Light Carpet, but they have also made surround-panoramic projection at Széchenyi Square. This time they are not only deploying their powerful analogue projection machines for providing unique light experience, but they are also going to give evidence of their creative side.

  • Cella Septichora (Szent István square)


    András Nagy (XYZ)

    Shadow is an optical phenomenon that can easily be observed in a space by following the changing process of darkness and light. It helps to identify the position between our body and the physical environment. It’s an instinctive experience like our emotional states and reflections. The interactive WE SENSE shadow installation this time invites us to explore the invisible connection between space-time in the Cella Septichora. The work of Andras Nagy is mainly focusing on real-time graphics and interactive technologies. Stepping into the light of a two side projected screen, through our movements we can discover a third dimensional space which is normally invisible in our daily life. Our shadow can be visible in front of or behind the projected images. The unique visual elements and surrounding musical contents are becoming the components of our changing space-time experience.

    AV Composers: András Nagy (XYZ) live set: 29th of June., Saturday 24.00
    Special projection technology partner: Visual Europe Group

    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Opposite of Csontváry Museum (Janus Pannonius street 11.)



    The oldest life forms on Earth have existed for several millions of years, and for different reasons, some species go extinct from time to time. Humans are hindered in survival by the lack of a cosmic perspective - the desire to destroy and to love and being loved exist in them together. Slowly floating tardigrades that live through extreme circumstances remind us that in order to survive, we must live in harmony with nature.

  • Káptalan street

    Museum street

    Dénes Hizsnyik - Zoltán Arany Gold

    The Museum street marks Káptalan street, this name comes from the fact that most of the street buildings are museums. If we walk through it at night, a complex view will be seen and become the organizer and shaper of the relationships between people. The "Magic channels" of the projector connect the audience and the contributing artists. In the composition of diversity, we can also discover the kinetic applications that are experimenting with texture games, murals, and the relationships of stills and moving pictures.

  • Court of Janus Pannonius Museum Directorate (Káptalan u. 5.)

    Méhkas Aura Garden


    The creators of Méhkasaula have made glass stills in the spirit of Bauhaus and recycling, in combination with the specific environment of the yard, including paper cutting technique and microscopic motifs. This view is complemented by the sculptures of Gábor Németh-Kassa, which are unique optical solutions. In addition to the light experiences, DJ Zöld, aka Imre Szepesi and invited guest musicians create live music accompaniment.

    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Court of Martyn Ferenc Museum (Káptalan street 4.)

    Wir lieben Bauhaus

    Hangar of Light

    As the Bauhaus-school conceived at the beginning of the last century: It's not enough to know the different materials, we have to research the potentials in them. This is what FényHangÁr tries to achieve at Martyn-court, using light as a medium for its artistic construction, where the buildings and artistic objects of the court will serve as canvases. The team will try to visualize the versatility of this wonderful era using the styles of not only international, but local artists. The Martyn-statues of the court will feature a special interactive projection, where the visitor can be a part of the artistic process.

  • Court of Universitiy Library (Szepesy Ignác street 3.)

    The Ninth Wave

    New Visual Paradigm

    Gather round a futuristic digital nomads tent to hear classic tales of lost lands below the sea. Projection, spoken word and music are combined in this magical and theatrical installation with an environmental message. Zsolt Balogh is an innovative animation and video designer and artistic director of New Visual Paradigm. Trained at NFTS and the Royal College of Art, London, his creative portfolio spans live events, theatre, exhibitions, and film production. The artistry and visual power of his designs have been widely acclaimed. New Visual Paradigm's clients include Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the World Economic Forum, and Royal Court Theatre, London.

    Directed by Kathryn Johnson and Zsolt Balogh
    Developed in association with the Crick Crack Club
    Sound Design by Richard Hammarton
    Originally commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, Hull UK

    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Janus Pannonius street

    Lightcarpet roadtrippin


    The act of taking road trip for the purpose of experiencing fantastical lights and sights.

    Artist: Benze - Graphic artist, illustrator, animator.
    Each of his work has its own gravitational field which irresistibly forces us to zoom in, explore more, discover new aspects.

    Projection technology partner:Night Projection

  • Gázi Kászim pasa mosque and Irgalmasrendi Saint Sebestyén church (Széchenyi square)


    Koszti Zsuzsó (Flux), Katona Kati, Nagy Kála

    In the last years'work of the creative trio, Biofilia, the audience was able to follow the creation of an alternative visual ecosystem. We can get to know this imaginary world even more this year, still searching for the mystical connections of nature.

    In the creation, the rhythmically repeating shapes of nature collapse, colors and shapes exist in an inseparable way, in a sort of indivisible eternal unity, peace.The Symbiosum emphasizes the importance of coexistence, and the importance of mutual observation and reciprocity.

    For presenting, it uses two opposing iconic buildings in Pécs and a double-faced projection. Thanks to the distance of the project surfaces, the creation is never fully experienced, but in the middle of the system, the visitor can feel being part of it.

    Lead projection partner: Visual Europe Group

    Projection partner: Night Projection

  • Nádor Gallery (Széchenyi street 15.)


    Healium Decoration

    Observing the basic principles of our social life or the – really – world wide web, the importance of connections and connectivity emerges. The interactive installation we’ve dreamed exclusively for this year’s light festival tries to offer a visual metaphor for this principle and the role lasers play in communication technology.

    Interactive 3D control: Healium Lightformer
    Technical partnerr: RGB Laser Systems

    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Nádor Gallery (Széchenyi square 15.)

    Light and Shadow of Fundamental Interactions

    Alexander Salvesen (FIN)

    Alexander Salvesen's works Orbit I-III (2018), Attractor I-II (2018) and Cosmos (2018) flirt with the relationship between the heavenly bodies, reflect on the forces in the universe, and thus on the place of the viewer in the cosmos which scale is totally incomprehensible to us humans. The pieces are a part of a bigger series called Light and Shadow of Fundamental Interactions, and have been shown together and independently in different exhibitions throughout Finland. The fundamental interactions, also known as the fundamental forces, are in physics any of the four basic forces: gravitational, electromagnetic, strong and weak forces. These forces govern how particles and objects interact and decay, and make up the basic building blocks of all interactions we know about in the universe.

    Alexander Salvesen (b. 1990) is a Helsinki based visual artist and lighting designer. Salvesen works mainly with light as his main interest, investigating its properties through different media. In his works Salvesen often emphasizes the interactions between colours and shape and through his works he tries to open up the viewers senses. He focuses often on colour and the interactions between light and darkness.
    Supported by: FinnAgora

    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Pécs Gallery (Széchenyi square 10.)

    Gothic holograms

    Sándor Vály

    Sándor Vály is a Hungarian artist, media artist living in Finland. His art is characterized by a conceptual and philosophical dimension, which is not limited to painting, but extends to sculpture, music, film and literature as well, creating holistic works of art. The works of Vály make extensive entities and a reference relationship with different periods of art. His installation Gothic holograms reflects to the perspective of the representation of space by Gothic art with the system of spatial relations and perceived time planes emerging from the lights. Due to light and special contexts, abstract spatial fragments, enclosed in science-based, but forgotten, dusty boxes and display cabinets, are transformed into anthropomorphic shapes if one view them from a distance, while approaching them the small visual details appear. This inverse spatial relationship represents the time structure of memory: in the present, you live the moment in every segment, but as you move away from it in time, your memory will preserve only certain aspects of them.

    Sándor Vály moved to Finland 30 years ago, and accepting the invitation by Pécs Gallery, this will be the first time he has an exhibition in Hungary ever since. The exhibition is a joint program of the Pécs Gallery and the Light Festival, which will open on June 22 at the Night of Museums as the Prologue of the Light Festival.

    The exhibition is curated by Vali Fekete.

    Opening hours: Thursday: 21.30–01.00, Friday, Saturday: 10.00–01.00, Sunday: 10.00–00.00
    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • House of Art and Literature (Széchenyi tér 7–8.)

    Camera Obscura

    Aron Pórszász

    The room-sized camera obscura dazzles visitors with a rare light phenomenon. The phenomenon of light comes into the dark room by a light coming through a small hole, so the reverse "live" image of the outer world appears on the wall. A multi-meter recording of the artist's camera obscura from the széchenyi square can be seen again this year.

    Opening hours: friday, saturday, sunday: 10.00–20.00

    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Ground in front of the House of Art and Literature (Széchenyi square 7–8.)

    The Iris

    Zoltán Arany Gold and Péter Kern

    The iris is based on the principle of the operation of a photo-lens aperture, but while the lamellae in the camera lens block the path of the light, in this iris the colored, transparent plexiglasses overlap each other so we can see the reality in different colors. We can control the diameter of the aperture on the installation, which offers an even more special experience in the evening as it has its own light source. The installation was realized with the help of the Contemporary Art Festival in Székesfehérvár, and it was made by Zoltán Arany Gold and Péter Kern.

  • Jókai square


    LaLuz Visuals

    Our light paintings created for Jókai Square give you an insight into different art movements and ages. We pay our respect to the 100-year old Bauhaus movement, reflecting on contemporary West African motifs, and the timeless organic formations of nature that's always close to us.

  • Király street 3.

    Analogue Light Museum

    Analogue Crew

    The Light Museum project is an attempt to make the festival visitors familiar with the historical and artistic background of the projection. We create a pop up exhibition space where the analogue techniques, projectors and procedures associated with the Zsolnay Light Festival can be viewed and tested by the audience. Visitors can participate in workshops and professional discussions also.

    Opening hours: Thursday: 21.30–01.00, Friday, Saturday: 16.00–01.00, Sunday: 16.00–00.00
    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Court of Csorba Győző Library (Király u. 9.)


    Total Art Egyesület

    Entering the gate of Király utca 9, you will go back five million years in time, and arrive at the time when the area of ​​today's Pécs was covered by the Pannonian Sea. Visitors to the yard can feel like a diver submerging into the sea. Shapes of sea fish, jellyfish and octopuses glitter in the shimmering underwater blue.
    In the afternoon, the members of the Total Art Association await the enthusiasts to create aquatic creatures or divers, zootropes (rotating drums) and with stop-trick techniques. In the exhibition space, visitors can learn about the various animation techniques and the history of making animated films in Pécs through guided tours. And as darkness comes, episodes from classic and modern animation films are displayed on the canvas in the back of the yard which guide you to the underwater world.

  • Színház square

    Night Photosynthesis

    Fényszórók Visual

    The representation of the relationship between nature and light has been present for years in the innovative works of the Fényszórók Visual team. Most living creatures produce organic matter using light energy, a process called photosynthesis, which appears to the eye in primary colors. This can be a portrayal of light painting, when dark surfaces are transformed into vivid colours, as a result of artificial light and glass pigments. Kinetic structures allow this to move, and with the graphical features of chemical substances, the constant cycle can be illustrated.

  • Király street 15.


    Janne Parviainen (FIN)

    Awareness is an UV-light art installation from Janne Parviainen that occupies an empty business space and changes it into a different universe. The site specific composition questions the physical shapes we normally see and tricks us to see how far our imagination is able to take us if given the right elements. The installation consists of anamorphic drawings and light art sculptures binding seamlessly together, creating a feeling of looking into space.

    Janne Parviainen (born 1980) is a light artist from Helsinki. His work has been featured in various magazines, books and art blogs such as The National Geographic, The Guardian, Wired, Juxtapoz, Spiegel Online and Metro Newspaper. He has worked with well-known brands such as Adobe Systems Inc., Olight and Nippon Television. His work has been on display globally on exhibitions, light art festivals and museums. In his artwork, Janne Parviainen studies the possibilities of spaces and dimensions by creating topographic maps of human bodies with light and by incorporating them with illuminated anamorphic drawings.

    Supported by: FinnAgora, MOLOTOW
    Only visitable with ROUTE OF LIGHT ARMBAND!

  • Király street 38.

    Spectrum wall

    Erik Mátrai

    The arriving visitors will see the surging fog on the street as they will be getting closer. In it they will see beams of light across the spectrum cross the street. These beams will form a constantly changing, volatile barrier, and the world behind it will be left to the imagination. The passengers will bump into this rainbow-wall, but then it will surprisingly let them through and will embrace them thanks to its gaseous and immaterial nature. While passing through the light curtain, passengers will feel a sense of magic, as if they had actually entered a rainbow and had become parts of it, and they will have the impression of standing at the gates of another world for a few moments.

  • Kossuth square


    Vigas (BRA)

    TRAMA is a light sculpture created from the idea of technology, through the questioning of how human evolution is related to technological evolution. The work alludes to the past, to the first fabrics created by man, the first nodes used in his clothes. In this way, the work projects to the future an idea of intelligent fabric capable of self-regeneration as a living structure. TRAMA is a work that draws attention to its organic form, its brightness and size. As a pulsating living organism, the sculpture stands out from the wall, arousing the curiosity of the public attracted by the light and form that sprout from the concrete.

    Brazilian multimedia artist Vigas creates large-scale projections, light installations, 360o projections and live performances. His public art projects’ organic esthetics is working with the immersion of the viewer as starting point to unique experiences. He began his research in multimedia performances at 2003. He conquered the 1st prize in 4 editions of VJ TORNA International competition held in Mexico, Italy, South Africa and Turkey. Recently he was awarded in the category video mapping modern at the Circle of Light Moscow festival in Russia. His works are presented at major light festivals like Amsterdam Light Festival, SP Urban Digital Festival São Paulo, Athens Digital Art Festival, SAT Festival Montreal, Sónar Festival de Barcelona or Mutek Buenos Aires.

    With: Leandro MENDES


  • Kossuth square

    Wandering Luminaries

    Pécsi Fényfestő Műhely

    If the stars are colors, noises, and flames of memories, then space itself is the ocean, oblivion, the silence of darkness. We dive into the infinite space as migratory stars. Analog-Kinetic Light Painting and sound montage in the facade and inner garden of the synagogue of Pécs in romantic style.

  • ÁRKÁD Pécs Shopping Center (Entrance from Rákóczi street)


    Zsolt Korai and András Császár

    In the 360 degree, immersive installation of Zsolt Korai and András Császár, three different worlds, three different experiences of space await the visitor, from abstract geometry and organic, entwining lightwebs to futuristic, mechanical cityscapes. In the box, which is covered in LED displays on all of its walls, the spectator can experience these virtual environments without the use of any special glasses or devices, just by using his or her own eyes, and thanks to the sensors integrated in the system, even influence the visual streams displayed on the walls with his or her own movement in the space.


  • ÁRKÁD Pécs Shopping Center (Entrance from Rákóczi street)


    Alex Posada and Xevi Bayona (ESP)

    Sfera is a light and sound-reactive installation shaped like a hemisphere that is reflected by a matrix of mirrors. It was made from over 300 vintage LED bulbs and controlled in real time by custom generative software that triggers patterns of light and sound in perfect sync. Made with a metal grid, Sfera features a support and display system for 315 carefully positioned LED bulbs. Every pixel is controlled in real time using DMX protocol. It is implemented with a sophisticated hardware installation of 27 DMX relay controllers and more than 2km electric cable installed under the structure. An array of over 625 mirrors completes the careful assembly, creating the effect of total reflection during the performance. As Sfera displays the LED bulbs, the reflective mirrors return the glamour while a beautiful electro acoustic soundtrack generated by software and mathematical algorithms is played into a quadraphonic sound system surrounding the installation, immersing the audience in it.

    Sfera is a project built and developed by XAA Architecture and MID Studio.

    It was produced and showed in Barcelona Light Festival LlumBCN 2018.