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FILUX: The International Festival of Lights in Mexico City

By Ximena Arce |

If you like audiovisual art, you can´t miss the best of the International Festival of Lights FILUX, an event that turns the streets of Mexico City into an outdoor museum.

Mexico City always offers a wide range of cultural activities throughout the year. The city is in constant motion, since many people visit its museums and palaces, and enjoy the diversity of its landscapes and the colors of its streets. This time DINKtravelers wants to introduce you to a very original festival full of art and light. We are talking about the International Festival of Lights in Mexico City, a festival that came to this country to stay.

Origin of the Festival of Lights

The International Festival of Lights, also known as FILUX, took place for the first time in Mexico City in the year 2013. It is the first festival of its kind in Latin America. The idea behind its creation is to transform public spaces into works of art that share a story, or a message with society. Using light, the festival exhibits artworks made by Mexican and international artists. The Festival of Lights consists of a four-night tour to discover projections, and light sculptures.

FILUX 2017

This year, the FILUX took place for the fourth time in Mexico City’s Historic Center from November 16 to 19, from 18:00 to 23:00 hours. The festival transformed the streets into an open-air museum, where the visitors enjoyed taking a tour full of light and color.

The International Festival of Lights turned the most iconic monuments of the Historic Center into works of art whose protagonist was light. The artistic exhibition of the FILUX included monumental projections, light sculptures, architectonic lighting, and mapping, an audiovisual technique that consists in projecting images on the surface of buildings and monuments. In short, Mexican cultural heritage became a 3D screen!

FILUX Festival Tour Around Mexico City’s Downtown

The visual and sound effects that accompany the light projections on the buildings during this festival help establish a dialogue between art and social environment. For this reason, this year FILUX commemorated the victims of the earthquake that hit Mexico City on September 19th by showing a special projection at Santo Domingo square. Other monuments that participated in the exhibition of lighted artworks were the Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado, the Kiosco de la Alameda Central, the Ex Teresa Arte ACtual Museum and, of course, the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Here, a mapping called “Nocheztli, el color sagrado” was projected. It was a six-minute projection based on the art exhibition of La Grana Cochinilla.

The tour began at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas del Mundo. The different exhibitions were not too far from each other so it was easy to follow the route by foot. The event was free, so everyone had the chance to see this amazing artistic show. Of course, DINKtravelers, your international travel guide, was there to bring you the best images of the streets turned into beautiful creations with light as its main means of expression. Check out the best of the International Festival of Lights.

Art in the FILUX Festival

Some of the most outstanding works at the Festival of Lights 2017 were:

  • The work of Jante Echelman “1.8” was exhibited at the Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo. This piece has been exhibited in international festivals of cities like London and San Diego. Mexico City was the third place of exhibition. It is a monumental sculpture that floats, and it invites people to reflect on the earth and the sky.
  • In the Museo de Arte de la SHCP the piece “The Tree”, by Abraham Palma, was presented. It was an interactive sculpture which invited people to interact with  each other to activate the colors and sounds of the piece. It was an interesting way to create a dialogue between the space and the spectators.
  • The work “Prendedero”, located in front of the Museo de la Luz, showed a different way of transforming the space. It presented the image of  a very common sight in the neighborhoods of Mexico City: clothes hanging to dry.
  • “Ojos de Luz”, a work by Luis Ramírez, presented in the chapel of La Concepción or La Conchita, was a mapping that showed the history of the building.
  • Finally, the work “UNUM”, by Miguel Bolívar, showed a a forest of illuminated fungi in the Museo Nacional de las Culturas del Mundo. The author confronted us with everything that we discriminate and is unknown to us.

FILUX Mérida

Apart from Mexico City, the city of Mérida in Yucatán was also chosen as a venue for the Festival of Lights. The first edition took place in March 2017. The route in this city consisted of 14 points around the downtown of Mérida. The FILUX also coincided with the celebration of the city’s foundation and its declaration as the American Capital of Culture 2017. In FILUX Mérida many projections, light sculptures, mappings, and other works by national and international artists were presented.

Now that you know more about the Festival of Lights, don’t hesitate to attend its following editions. In this link you can find more information about the artists who participated in FILUX 2017, as well as the date of the next edition of the festival in Mérida.