South Africa is light years shy of the world’s light festivals
The Port Louis Light Festival was a bonus for tourists visiting Mauritius in November. The city came alive as its streets and parks were filled with lighting installations and its buildings used as a canvas for state-of-the-art lighting projections. Music, street performers and dozens of stalls with delicious food to celebrate the island’s independence and start the holiday season were added. Among the light shows on display were Photosynthesis, a luminescent interactive installation that mimics the steps of photosynthesis; Scintilla, which explores humans’ fascination with the night sky; and Subsee, a 360-degree video taken under the sea. A special low-tech exhibition was held courtesy of SA’s Suntoy, which turned Consol jars into solar lanterns. CEO Harald Schulz said the installation, which led visitors through winding passages of light, consisted of about 500 solar jars. Over the past decade, light festivals have been gaining popularity in cities all over the world — as a touris...
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