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Submission Deadline: 03-11-2019

More information on the call here.

Luminale 2020: Start of the Open Call for projects at the interface of Light and City. Additional thematic focus: “Digital Romantic “

From 12th to 15th March 2020, the Luminale will take place for the tenth time in Frankfurt and Offenbach. And, for the very first time, from Thursday to Sunday, beyond the duration of Light + Building, the world's leading trade fair for lighting and building technology. Artists and creative minds are invited to submit their ideas and concepts for the CURATED category by 1st September 2019. The deadline for the STUDY, COMMUNITY and BETTER CITY program sections, however, is 3rd November 2019.

The Luminale Program in five categories

  • CURATED combines exceptional light art and theme-specific artistic works.
  • TALK comprises lectures, expert forums and discussions on urban design. STUDY bundles content-related contributions from colleges, universities and other educational institutions.
  • COMMUNITY is open to associations, institutions and creative people from the cities and involves Frankfurt's and Offenbach's residents in shaping the festival itself.
  • BETTER CITY has set itself the goal of presenting at least one project that will remain permanently in Frankfurt or Offenbach beyond the duration of the Luminale.


Thematic focus 2020: “Digital Romantic”
Light and city are the all-embracing themes of the Biennial for Light Art and Urban Design. For 2020, the Luminale offers a further springboard for artistic works with the thematic focus "Digital Romantic". The question here is: How can digital and Romanticism be integrated in the city? How, or where, can a new Romanticism shape the urban space? Participants of all categories are invited to be inspired in the development of their projects and to view the city and its locations with this theme in mind. Consideration of this thematic focus is not mandatory but is to be understood more as a suggestion or possible catalyst in the concept development.

In 2020, when the Romantic Museum in Frankfurt am Main is due to open, the Luminale is also seeking associations between the Romantic era and the current digital revolution.