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ÅF Lighting at Luleå festival of light

Luleå stories will be told through light and sound.

ÅF Lighting plays a crucial part in the production of the centre piece at the Luleå festival of light. During the festival, the façade of the Norrbottens museum is transformed into a storytelling time machine, through the projection of a complex light show with soundtrack.

The show, which was especially commissioned for the event and for the site, was devised and produced by ÅF Lighting in cooperation with Czech video projecting company 3dsense. Theatre director Mattias Knave has produced the script and narrates the spoken parts.

“We are telling the story of Luleå, from ancient times until the present day. Especially of its unique church town of Gammelstad, which was listed as a World Heritage site twenty years ago”, says Martin Petersson, lighting designer at ÅF, who initiated and led the project. “It is a tale of light and darkness, ice and fire, and it has been a wonderful project to be part of.”

The project was realized using powerful projectors, capable of projecting 60 000 lumens (a light equivalent to that of twenty cars with their headlights on full beam) half a tonne of speakers, and some 20 luminaires, which were installed around the square.

Check out the local television channel SVT Norrbotten interview Tobias Olsson, lighting designer.

Read more about the light festival in Luleå.


  • Client: Luleå Municipality
  • Location: Luleå, Sweden
  • Project management: ÅF Lighting – Martin Petersson, Tobias Olsson, Kai Piippo
  • Design: 3dsense
  • Collaboration partner: Mattias Knave
  • Photographer: Kai Piippo