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As winter approaches, cities around the world are preparing to celebrate the season by transforming their buildings, squares, plazas, and streets into magical illuminated spaces. To help visitors navigate the busy lighting festival cycle, here is a listing of upcoming events:

GLOW Eindhoven Netherlands Nov. 10 – 17, 2017
This year’s festival theme is the “The Source”—a nod to the history of Eindhoven as the first city to have a match factory (1870) and the Philips’ light bulb factory (1891). gloweindhoven.nl/en

Lumiere Durham U.K. Nov. 16 – 19, 2017
Commissioned by Durham City Council and produced by London-based public art event organizer Artichoke, the fifth edition of Lumiere Durham will feature lighting installations, artworks, and events. lumiere-festival.com/durham-2017

Filux Mexico Mexico City Nov. 16 – 19, 2017
The only international lighting festival in the Americas, the four-day event will feature art works, including light projections, light sculptures, and architectural lighting projects. filux.info

Visitors to the 2016 Amsterdam Light festival are intrigued by artist Victor Engbers’ illuminated Greenhouse.
Janus van den Eijnden Visitors to the 2016 Amsterdam Light festival are intrigued by artist Victor Engbers’ illuminated Greenhouse.

Amsterdam Light Festival Netherlands Nov. 30, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018
Now in its sixth year, the Amsterdam Light Festival brings together artists, designers, and architects to illuminate the City of Amsterdam. This year’s edition, organized around the theme title “Existential,” attracted submissions from more than 2,500 artists, from which, the jury, led by artist Lennart Booij, has selected 40 installations to be displayed. amsterdamlightfestival.com/en

A light projection show, “Evolutions,” by artists Yann Nguema and Ez3kiel, used the façade of Lyon’s Saint-Jean Cathedral as a backdrop, and was one of the highlights of the 2016 Fête des Lumières.
© Ville de Lyon - Muriel Chaulet A light projection show, “Evolutions,” by artists Yann Nguema and Ez3kiel, used the façade of Lyon’s Saint-Jean Cathedral as a backdrop, and was one of the highlights of the 2016 Fête des Lumières.

Fête des Lumières Lyon, France Dec. 7 – 10, 2017
One of the largest and most prestigious global light festivals, during the three-night event, artists, architects, and lighting designers will illuminate every corner of the city of Lyon from its buildings to its streets, parks, and squares. This year's festival is expected to include more than 70 light installations across the city. fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/en

Kobe Luminaire Japan Dec. 8 – 17, 2017
This annual winter festival takes place every December in Kobe and memorializes the 6,000 victims of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, which left the city without electricity for days. japancheapo.com/events/kobe-luminarie

Georgetown GLOW • Washington, D.C. Dec. 8, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018
The fourth edition of Georgetown GLOW, “the region’s only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations,” will kick off this winter in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown commercial district and will be on view until Jan. 7, 2018. georgetownglowdc.com

Lux Helsinki • Finland Jan. 6 – 10, 2018
Another edition of Lux Helsinki will bring together 15 light art installations as well as a number of side programs, to illuminate the city of Helsinki during the festival's five nights this upcoming winter season. luxhelsinki.fi/en

Echelman’s 2015 London installation titled “1.8.” The piece was suspended over Oxford Circus.
Ema Peter Echelman’s 2015 London installation titled “1.8.” The piece was suspended over Oxford Circus.

Lumiere London U.K. Jan. 18 – 21, 2018
Since its first edition in 2009, the Lumiere London lighting festival aims at transforming the city by illuminating its public buildings and spaces, including Westminster Abbey and the National Theater.visitlondon.com/lumiere

Light Festival Ghent Belgium Jan. 31– Feb. 04, 2018
The fourth edition of the Ghent Lighting Festival will kick off at the end of January. A new festival-route will take visitors through the city’s industrial quarter in addition to the existing historic city center and the arts quarter.visit.gent.be/en/event-light-festival-ghent?context=tourist

Illuminart Québec, Canada Feb. 22 – March 4, 2018
As part of the annual winter festival Montréal en Lumière, Illuminart will celebrate its second edition in 2018. experienceilluminart.com/en-CA

Light designer Robin Uber's 2016  Luminale installation "Bauhaus „goes“ Mondrian" converts a transformer station into a Piet Mondrian color tapestry.
Courtesy Luminale Light designer Robin Uber's 2016 Luminale installation "Bauhaus „goes“ Mondrian" converts a transformer station into a Piet Mondrian color tapestry.

Luminale Frankfurt and Offenbach, Germany March 18 – 23, 2018
Since 2002, Luminale—the Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design—connects the arts and the city by focusing on issues such as sustainability, climate change, and urbanization. The event takes place during the biennial lighting trade fair Light + Building. luminale-frankfurt.de/en

iLight Marina Bay • SingaporeMarch 2018
Billed as "Asia's leading sustainable light art festival," iLight Marina Bay will celebrate its eighth edition next year.ilightmarinabay.sg

Artist Jen Lewin's installation titled "The Pool."
Courtesy Light City Baltimore/Peter Valpiani Artist Jen Lewin's installation titled "The Pool."

Light City Baltimore, Md. Apr. 6 – 21, 2018
"The first large-scale, light, music, and innovation festival" in the U.S., Light City will return in 2018 with a seven-night-long program.baltimore.org/campaign/light-city-baltimore

Digital Graffiti Alys Beach, Fla. May 18 – 20, 2018
Organized by the Alys Foundation, Digital Graffiti is a projection art festival held every year in Alys Beach, Fla. The deadline for the call for entries for the 2018 edition is Feb. 1, 2018.digitalgraffiti.com

The Sydney Opera House, designed by Jørn Utzon, is lit up for the Vivid Sydney festival.
Rob Griffith/Associated Press The Sydney Opera House, designed by Jørn Utzon, is lit up for the Vivid Sydney festival.

Vivid Sydney • Australia May 25 – June 16, 2018
Launched in 2009, the Vivid Sydney outdoor lighting festival attracts artists, architects, and lighting designers from around the world to illuminate Sydney's iconic buildings and landmarks, including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.vividsydney.com

If you want to know about other international lighting festivals make sure to visit the International Light Festival Organisation's list of upcoming festivals.

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