Miss IN Light IN? Three More Digital Projection Festivals to See

Suffering IN Light IN withdrawal? The digital art festival that lit up parts of downtown last weekend drew a crowd the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Super Bowl. They watched 3-D water projections on the canal, put on neon-lit headphones to create a silent dance party, and posed with models dressed in illuminated outfits. It stands to reason that lots of us are looking for another fix of “photon bombing.” If you don’t mind traveling for it, you won’t have to wait long.

Glow: A Festival of Light and Fire

October 20, Santa Cruz, California

An open block near the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History becomes a party scene with fire dancers and digital projections.

Lyon Festival of Lights

December 8–11, Lyon, France

Paris may be the City of Light, but Lyon outshines the capital a few nights each year. The entire city in southeastern France, near the Alps, turns into a circus of light when projections cover the old quarter’s handsome Renaissance buildings and large-scale installations fill the twisty cobblestone streets.

Digital Graffiti Festival

May 19–21, 2017, Alys Beach, Florida

Alys Beach is one of the stylish Florida Panhandle communities that Hoosiers frequent along 30A, between Panama City and Destin. Every structure here is whitewashed, which makes the village a natural canvas for what may be the country’s largest projection festival (and the oldest—next year will be the 10th installment). Artists from around the world cover buildings, houses, sidewalks, and pools with splashy “social cinema.” Even the palm trees are lit up. USA Today named the festival one of the top 10 places in the world to see digital art.

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach from Alys Beach on Vimeo.