The first edition of the LUNAR Festival of Lights will take place in Sofia between May 6 and 9, 2022. The event will turn the heart of the capital into a huge gallery under the open sky, in which Bulgarian and international artists will present their high-tech art. The organizer and main artistic team behind the project is the Bulgarian visual effects studio MP-STUDIO, in partnership with one of the most popular light festivals in the world, Festival of Lights International Productions GmbH. The event will be held with the support of the European Parliament in Bulgaria and the representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Culture and under the patronage of the chairman of the Metropolitan Municipal Council, Georgi Georgiev.
Within a walking tour in the central part of the capital, the public will have the opportunity to see the well-known city in a new light. Through 3D mapping spectacles, light projections and sculptures, thirteen of the most emblematic buildings, parks and squares in Sofia will come to life over the course of four evenings. All works can be visited free of charge between 20:30 and 00:00.
is one of the buildings that will be transformed into works of art during the festival. Artists from four countries will transform the facade of the five-star hotel into a portal to different cultures, traditions, customs and perspectives, united under the theme "divARTsity". Among them will be the Australian artist Nick Azidis, the Bulgarian MP-STUDIO, the Indian Knownsense Studios and the legendary Frenchman Thierry Noir – the first graffiti artist who painted on the Berlin Wall in the 1980s.
“It is a great joy for us to be part of the first LUNAR festival and to support the talented young people from MP-STUDIO.We can't wait to see our hotel come to life, conveying the message of the power and freedom of being different, accepted and appreciated for who you are. I believe that the festival is not only a great opportunity for interaction with our guests and visitors, but will also contribute to the promotion of the destination and the development of cultural tourism in Bulgaria," shared Laurent Schoder, general manager of Hyatt Regency Sofia.
In addition to introducing the Bulgarian public to one of the newest types of art, LUNAR aims to support the development of the skills of young people who are interested in professional development in the field of high-tech visual arts. On May 7 and 8, Hyatt Regency Sofia will organize practical trainings by leading Bulgarian and international specialists. They will be focused on acquiring new knowledge and skills in the creation of 3D mapping, exciting animations, music through artificial intelligence and the art of night photography. The trainings will be completely free for the participants.
The full program of the festival and the possibility to register for the trainings can be found at: www.lunarlights.eu.