Om Kolding Light Festival

The idea of ​​the festival

Kolding Light Festival is a light festival that was held for the first time in December 2013 in Kolding city.

The festival will be held in the first December weekend each year. This year’s festival will be held December 2-4, 2021.

The festival’s idea is to give visitors a new and different experience of Kolding city by using light and sound. With exciting lighting, video lighting, interactive installations and lighting art, the urban space will unfold from a whole new side.

The wish is also that the festival will be able to provide inspiration for visitors, whether it is the city’s residents, tourists, artists or professionals.

In the last decade, light festivals have been established all over the world. Closest to Kolding we find festivals in Berlin and Amsterdam, but also in Lyon, Eindhoven, Sydney and Singapore and others. play there with light. Common to all is that they add more and new meaning to the public space and show culture, beauty and technology in elegant union.

In 2013, the first step in a long development was taken, where the festival will grow larger and wider. We started with relatively few large but impressive installations, as well as a number of smaller installations.

We expect that the scope will develop over the years and also hope that the festival will be able to leave lasting lighting installations around the Kolding area. Kolding Light Festival builds on the event “Kolding Lyser”, which was held in the years 2011 and 2012.

Kolding Light Festival would not be possible without great support from companies, foundations, Kolding Municipality and many more.

Who is behind Kolding Light Festival?

Behind the festival is Kolding Light Festival S / I, which is a non-profit independent institution and established by Erhvervsgruppen Kolding. This has been done with a view to creating an annual recurring event that has appeal beyond the municipality’s boundaries.

Kolding Light Festival S / I is signed by the board. Until the summer of 2018, the festival was run as an ApS, but to spread the “ownership” out to more people in the local area, Erhvervsgruppen Kolding chose to “donate” the festival to the city.

Erhvervsgruppen Kolding is a party-independent group of local business companies and business people established in 2012, which i.a. wants to contribute to Kolding and the surrounding area receiving positive publicity. Kolding Light Festival is just one of several activities initiated or supported by the  Erhvervsgruppen Kolding.


We turn off more than we turn on

This year, the 11th edition of the Kolding Light Festival marks a special anniversary event, which was postponed last year due to the energy crisis.

The festival has responded to these challenges by drawing attention to a unique approach to sustainability.

The city is transformed during the festival into a magical spectacle of light installations that not only celebrate art and creativity, but also focus on responsible energy consumption.

Based on the fact that festival visitors naturally switch off electricity at home when they leave for the light festival, it becomes a collective effort that reduces the overall energy consumption, and in this way makes the Light Festival more than just a visual experience.

Another important sustainability dimension at the Kolding Light Festival is the choice of light sources. All lighting installations are designed with a focus on minimal energy consumption by using LED lights and other energy-efficient technologies.

This significantly reduces the overall load on the electricity grid and underlines the festival’s commitment to focusing on the environment during the event.