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Portland Winter Light Festival 2019
4th Annual Portland Winter Light Festival:
FEBRUARY 7-9, 2019
FREE TO ATTEND
Our mission is to build community by bringing cutting-edge art and technology to diverse audiences while invigorating the city of Portland in winter.
The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is a city-wide, vibrant outdoor arts festival held at the height of winter, when there are few free cultural events taking place in the city, and builds community through collaboration between organizations, businesses, artists, and guests.
The 2018 festival hosted over 142,000 visitors, and presented over 173 public art installations, performances, and workshops, all free of charge. The 2019 festival is expected to increase all of these numbers across the board.
The Willamette Light Brigade (WLB) founded PDXWLF in an effort to propel forward its mission of connecting community and enriching the public realm through artful lighting. The Festival began as a coalescence of ideas in 2016, and was spearheaded by Portland State University Professor of Architecture Jeff Schnabel, Lighting Designer and Artistic Director Chris Herring, and Technical Director Jean Margaret Thomas. The three were separately inspired by dynamic winter light festivals around the world such as France’s Fête des Lumières and Sydney’s Vivid.
The inaugural version of the festival took place along the Willamette River, Eastbank Esplanade, and OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). Now approaching its fourth year, the festival’s footprint has expanded to areas in all corners of the city.
Cover image by Amy Sakurai, banner image by Brooke Hoyer; Courtesy Portland Winter Light Festival.