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The opening of the Lumen light art event is held on New Years Eve on the Market Square

The opening of Lumen light art event is held on Saturday 31 December at 5.30 pm on the Market Square. The opening will feature light art, performances, and speeches.

Rauma Youth Band percussionists and vocal ensemble Deli are responsible for the event’s music. The chairman of Rauma City Council Otso Huuska will give a New Years speech and Johanna Sainio from Osuuskauppa Keula will also give a speech.

– It has been a long since people in Rauma have had the opportunity to welcome the New Year together. Lumen provides a great opportunity for this, director of museums and culture Risto Kupari says.

Lumen installations turn on on the opening day beginning with the piece Aurora – Colors of the sky at 6 pm. The piece moves amongst the crowd through Kalatori, Market Square, Anundila Square, and the inner ward of the City Hall.

– The Aurora piece brings to life the northern lights with amazing light wings. Moving amongst the crowd, it will stop the viewer for a moment. It will provide a thrilling experience and beautiful lights and colors, producer Annukka Ketola tells.

The route runs from the Rauma Art Museum to the City Hall

The Lumen route will begin from the Rauma Art Museum and run through Kalatori, The Market Square, Anundila square, before ending at the inner ward of the City Hall. In addition to artworks done by artists, there are six light installations and two communal pieces. The works are on display during the event from 6 pm to 10 pm.

The route is about one kilometer long, and visitors can decide the direction themselves but it is advised to take the route on foot. Available parking is marked on the route map.

– Visitors should walk on the sidewalks, use reflectors and look out for vehicles in the area. Streets are not closed for the event. People should also bring flashlights because one of the artworks is done with reflective fabric, Ketola says.

Additional information about Lumen, its artists and artworks can be found on the website lumenrauma.fi. In addition to the opening a family day is held on 7 January, when the artworks are lit up from 5 pm to 10 pm. The program of the family day is informed about separately.