Illuminale – Light Art Festival in Trier

When tree tops suddenly mysteriously gleam, when architecture reveals its hidden secrets through projections, when grassy areas are overtaken by tall Chinese lanterns, soft music wafts through the hedges and streets, and the entire area sparkles for a few hours – then the Illuminale has once again taken over a new playing field. The light festival has been a highlight of late summer since 2011, lighting up the eyes of not only children: About to twenty thousand stream year for year to different parts of the city and its green spaces, where the Illuminale permits them to shine in a completely new light.

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When darkness falls, hedges, trees, and buildings will be "staged" as never before: with sometimes white, sometimes colorful, sometimes bright, sometimes soft, sometimes small, sometimes large, sometimes projected, and sometimes transparent light from thousands of LEDs and spotlights. Lanterns, arc lights, star lanterns, swimming candles, and colorful projections. No matter whether it’s Petrisberg mountain, the Moselle embankment, the Palace Garden, or Nell’s Park, Neustrasse, or Imperial Baths: Every year the Illuminale seemingly transforms well-known spaces into mystical, enchanting magic worlds. Together with diverse performances by light artists, dancers, or artists, the Illuminale creates a festival by Trier townspeople for Trier townspeople with family-friendly food and drink and laid-back music, where visitors’ interaction and ideas of inclusion play a significant role.

Solidarity Button for Illuminale 2019:
"I shine with you* – You can support Illuminale 2019 with this theme. Buying a "solidarity button" makes you a part of this light festival, free of charge for visitors. Help the city light up on two evenings. The button costs € 5.00 and can be purchased online in our online shop and in the Trier Tourist Information as well as on site at the festival grounds.

Visit the City Campus of the Trier universities on Main Market on September 27, starting at 4 p.m.. The Trier universities present their projects and research results up close and transparent for the entire family.
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Please note the following note for sound recordings of the video mapping on the west facade of the Trier Cathedral:

This is a copyrighted artwork of Mr. Michael Batz. The artist has no objections to private use and the private use of photos on social media channels. Posting videos on social media platforms is not allowed without approval.
Contact: VG Bild - Kunst, Weberstraße 61, 53113 Bonn, Tel: 0049 228 91534 0,

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September 27 and 28, 2019

Trier, Cathedral Square and around the Cathedral

admission free

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