Call for proposals for Lumo Light Festival Oulu 2024 is open

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Lumo Light Festival Oulu is calling for artists, designers, and lighting professionals as well as students and educational institutions to submit their proposals for the 2024 event.

The multi-disciplinary festival is looking for impressive installations and innovative video mappings as well as light-utilising content from different fields, such as music, dance, theatre, and workshops. We are primarily looking for proposals designed for outdoor spaces.

A special theme at Lumo Light Festival 2024 is interaction. We encourage applicants to contemplate how to promote and encourage open and respectful dialogue between different points of view and showcase this in their installation proposals.

Artists are asked to submit their proposals by 20 March 2024 using the application form.

Festival dates

Lumo Light Festival will take place on Fri 22 – Sun 24 November 2024, between 4 – 10 p.m. each day. Some of the installations may remain on display for a longer period if they are tolerant to weather changes and do not require maintenance.

Festival zone

We call for installation proposals primarily for the zone presented and sites marked in the map behind the following link. Proposals can be submitted also without a designated site for the installation. See the map.

Weather conditions

Please note that the weather conditions in Oulu in late November can vary a lot. During the festival, the temperature may fluctuate between -20°C and +10°C. Snow cover may be anything between 0 and 20 cm, and the circumstances are likely to be very humid or slippery. The wind may reach storm speeds. However, the darkest time of the year provides an excellent setting for light installations. The sun rises at 9 a.m. and sets at 3 p.m.

Selection of installations

When selecting the installations, the following points shall be considered:

  • elements of surprise and adventure, visual and emotional experience, attraction, and novelty
  • presence of the given theme
  • technical requirements for the installation
  • total installation costs, including local production
  • suitability and compatibility with other selected artworks within the programme framework
  • soundscape
  • independent method of production and realisation
  • ecologically sustainable solutions
  • suitability for large masses of people to view and experience

Budget

We will select installations within the following budget limits:

  1. Total price of over 25 001 € (1 – 2 installations will be selected)
  2. 15 001 – 25 000 € (2 – 3 installations)
  3. 10 001 – 15 000 € (3 – 4 installations)
  4. 4 001 – 10 000 € (3 – 4 installations)
  5. max. 4 000 € (3 – 4 installations)

Submitting the proposals

Artists are asked to submit their proposals by 20 March 2024. The proposals must be submitted in Finnish or English. The proposals shall include the following:

  • presentation of the visual appearance of the installation
  • concise description of the installation
  • description of production and technical implementation
  • detailed specification of the total budget for the artwork, including all expenses pertaining to the realisation of the installation, including travel, accommodation, and shipping costs
  • information about the issuer of the invoice (name of organisation plus company ID or similar)
  • installation proposals are to be submitted with the attached form in a single .pdf file including pictures and possible links to videos.
  • the file must be named YourInstallationName_YourArtistName_TotalPrice

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at lumolightfestival@ouka.fi.

We shall contact the artists selected for further negotiations by the end of April. Unfortunately, we cannot reply to all proposals.

We look forward to receiving your ideas!