A festival where light, art & tech happening on Saturday, September 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in uptown Waterloo.

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  1. About Lumen
  2. 2022 Open Call for Artists
  3. 2021 Festival

 About Lumen

Lumen is an annual, free, all-ages festival that is open to the public and run by the City of Waterloo’s Arts and Culture team (Create Waterloo). The event features the work of artists as they explore the interplay of light, art, and technology in installations located throughout uptown Waterloo.

Established in 2018, Lumen takes place on the last Saturday of September at various indoor and outdoor installation locations, bringing together tech industry leaders like the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Perimeter Institute and Shopify, with locally and internationally renowned multi-disciplinary artists.

The event hosts 30+ visual, interactive, new media, and performance-based installations. Residents and community members are invited to enjoy this free festival in uptown Waterloo and get thinking about our community’s public spaces and how they transform our shared experiences.

In addition to a lineup of high-caliber artists, Lumen has also featured collaborations and partnerships between the City of Waterloo and cultural organizations such as Button Factory Arts, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo Public Library, Mary Allen Studio Tour, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Kazoo!Fest, THEMUSEUM, City of Waterloo Museum, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, LAUNCH Waterloo, Canada Learning Code.


2022 Open Call for Artists

Artists are encouraged to apply with their new or previously exhibited work for Lumen 2022. Applications are due by May 19, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Apply to the Lumen 2022 Open Call

2021 Festival

Last year, we launched Lumen Lite, an adapted version of the annual festival of light, art & tech, with COVID-19 protocols put in place.

Visit the official Lumen website to find out more about the 2021 festival.