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Zsolnay Light Art


As part of the 5th Zsolnay Festival of Light, Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd. announces the next edition of it’s popular, international, prized Zsolnay Light Art Mapping Competition to be composed on the Pécs Cathedral.

The mapping surface remains the same, which covers the Cathedral’s Southern façade, towers, roof and rear towers.

The Jury Panel consists of a five-member international professional committee, and we made two essential changes to the course of the competition:

  • Shortlisted artists, whose mapping will be included in the 2021 festival program will automatically receive a 1000 EUR compensation for their completed work
  • The official Jury will award ONE prize only

The Zsolnay Light Art team aims to present all artworks to the public in a respectful way. If restrictions will not allow live screenings, we will release the projects in a risk-free, progressive way: in a virtual space developed specifically for this occasion. The online competition will follow the same guidelines as the original call; the jury will be voting on the Grand Jury Prize, and the public will have the opportunity to vote on the Audience Prize.

The Zsolnay Light Art Mapping Competition is free for all visitors, and is recommended for all ages. For further information on the festival program, please visit

About the competition


Site: Southern facade including the four towers and roof of Pécs Cathedral (see template)

Date of competition: July 2-4, 2021

About the Competition:

We are expecting audio-visual mappings reflecting on the subject, ‘Lightmatter’, engaging with the architecture, spirit and traditions of Pécs Cathedral. An info guide provided by the church is included in the application package. During the multiple-stage selection process, the Jury will select a maximum of 10 artworks to be presented live.

The Competition is open to emerging and established artists, students and professionals – both individual and group applications are accepted. Individuals under the age of 18 may only apply with written parental consent.

By registering, applicants automatically accept competition rules!

•    Zsolnay Light Art SHORTLIST  €1.000 each
•    Zsolnay Light Art Grand Jury Prize  €5.000
•    Zsolnay Light Art Audience Prize

Competition stages:

1. Application and Project  proposal

Submission deadline: April 5, 2021 24:00 (CET) Longlist announced: April 17, 2021


  • Online registration and completed application form
  • Completed mood- or storyboard using file “ZSOLNAY_storyboard.pdf”. Attach still images of key scenes and a short description of the project using the provided template, and present the mood of the accompanying music
  • Upload the attached PDF file (at least 1 page)
  • Uploading links for mood/music will be available on the registration platform

2. Preview

Submission deadline: May 9, 2021 24:00 (CET)

Shortlist announced: May 18, 2021 Criteria:

  • Participants shall present a minimum 1,5 minute long trailer of their project, which represents the imagery and music of the final material. Resolution shall be fullHD in accordance with the

At this stage, Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd. will sign an agreement with the creators of 10 selected projects, which will legally bound creators to finish their project, and organizers to pay a 1000 EUR honorarium after the completed projects are delivered.

3. Submitting Final Competition Material

Submission deadline: June 13, 2021

Uploading video and audio material of the work to be projected in full resolution according to the technical specifications provided in the competition tender

ATTENTION! We have a new TEMPLATE this year, therefore everyone shall be using the new files issued in 2021!

Contestants will be notified via e-mail upon registration and after each stage. If you have any questions, please contact us at