UNESCO’s bright idea for 2015

2015 will be the time to switch on to celebrate… light. The International Year of the Light and Light-based Technologies run by the UN agency UNESCO will highlight how important […]

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By Taryn Nixon

2015 will be the time to switch on to celebrate… light.

The International Year of the Light and Light-based Technologies run by the UN agency UNESCO will highlight how important light and light science is, not only for developing countries but for everyday lives and future development.

Kicking it all off will be an opening ceremony in Paris on 19-20 January at UNESCO Headquarters, celebrating ground-breaking anniversaries including the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago.

Countries worldwide are hosting light inspired events to celebrate, including art exhibitions, science lectures and even a writing competition.

We’ve picked a few coming up over the next month to give you a flavour of what it’s all about.

Lux Helsinki (4 – 8 January) is a festival in the heart of Helsinki’s city centre that will engage all your five senses in the dark of the winter night. The festival includes light themed exhibitions, guided walking tours and an open air festival.

A Laser Quest show in London (8 January) kicks off with a laser tea ceremony and then explores how lasers are helping scientists recreate the forces that power our sun – it could provide a source of green energy on earth.

Bet you never thought you needed to know the history of Streetlamps! A New York exhibition of more than twenty functioning streetlamps has information about how they were made.

Dundee is hosting an art show by American artist Jim Campbell which uses LEDs to create light sculptures. The free show called Indirect Imaging is on at Dundee Contemporary Arts gallery until 25 January.

Bath is also putting on a mini light extravaganzaIlluminate Bath 2015 promises interactive light installations and  architectural projections. (3-11 January).