Hong Kong's very own light festival, Lumieres Hong Kong, made its debut in November 2017. Throughout the three-night festival, 16 heritage landmarks across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon were installed with light projections and installations inspired by local history and culture. The festival attracted half-a-million spectators, working in collaboration with youth communities and organisations, the festival involved a programme of activities and performances as well. Following the success of its first edition, and with the vision to become a world-class annual light festival, Lumieres Hong Kong will be returning for a second edition this year, bringing in new local and international artists for the lighting showcase.
The second edition will take place from November 29 to December 1 2019
Inspired by and in partnership with Fête des Lumières de Lyon, one of the world's oldest light festivals, Lumieres Hong Kong invites local and international talents to turn landmark sites and buildings into canvases, honouring Hong Kong's very own culture through the art of illumination and lighting design. Fête des Lumières de Lyon will continue its support as event partner of Lumieres Hong Kong 2018, and join force to advocate Hong Kong's reputation as 'Asia City of Light' to the world.Following a highly anticipated 2018 edition, an announcement was made that Lumieres Hong Kong will take place as a biannual event going forward. The second edition will take place from November 29 to December 1 2019. "The community's response to last year's festival was overwhelming. Over 500 000 local and overseas spectators participated in the three day event, making it one of the top five light festivals worldwide and one of the largest in Asia,” said officiating guest Matthew Cheung Kin-chung GBM GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration on the evening.
"Looking at our past, heritage and legacy, Lumieres Hong Kong has the objective to connect it towards our future. A large-scale public free event, the Festival is dedicated to enhance the culture and heritage appreciation of the general audience, and to involve the different communities of our rich territory,” said Andrew Yuen, Chairman of the Board of Lumieres Hong Kong.
The response to [2017's] festival was overwhelming. Over 500 000 local and overseas spectators participated in the three day event, making it one of the top five light festivals worldwide and one of the largest in Asia
New landmarks have also announced for Lumieres Hong Kong 2018, such as Kowloon Park, The Fringe Club and the newly revitalised Tai Kwun. These landmarks join Tsim Sha Tsui’s Clock Tower, Statue Square and others in a luminous make-over during the four-night festival. The 2018 edition will feature 15 artists , eight of them from Hong Kong, and their creations, handpicked following a call for artistic proposals in April. The Hub will once again be staged at Chater Garden, with performances, workshops, activities from day to night, as well as food and beverage.
A fundraising gala dinner was held on 29 November 2018 at Government House, where government officials and dignified guests were given a preview of the upcoming spectacle. The dinner was officiated by: The Hon. Mrs. Carrie Lam GBM GBS, Chief Executive of the HKSAR.