Light Bright: Luna Fete Returns

LUNA Fete (Light Up NOLA Arts) debuted at Gallier Hall last year and became an instant classic. A diverse crowd ranging from families to teens in altered states packed Lafayette Square to watch a sound an light installation tell the City’s history using the Greek Revival façade of the architectural landmark as a canvas. In 2016, the show is returning, but much, much bigger.

 

“Projection mapping is an important movement in blending art, technology and architecture,” Kim Cook, Arts Council president and chief executive officer told NoDef last year. “If we can ignite this movement here we can connect across these sectors and work to shine a light on all of New Orleans.”

 

And indeed, the project’s reach is much expanded in 2016. Three larger installations are slated to begin next week at Lafayette Square, the Ashé Powerhouse Theatre, and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). In addition, seen smaller events will foster community, let the artists speak, and provide outlets for twenty smaller light artists.

 

This is the second of a five-year initiative by the Arts Council of New Orleans to let the city's iconic architecture become a canvas for bright lights. LUNA Fete will continue dazzling local audiences as the city gears up for the 2018 Tricentennial. 

 

Check out the official schedule below.

 

MAIN EXHIBITIONS

OCUBO

Sunday, Nov. 29 – Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Ashé Power House Theatre, 1847 Polymnia Street

Free and open to the public

    •    OCUBO’s New Orleans installation was developed in conjunction with local children, supporting LUNA Fête’s ongoing objective to create an education initiative that engages youth. The projection will unfold as a theatrical play, with children from Ashé’s KUUMBA Institute and St. Martin’s Academy playing essential roles in the film, not only as actors, but also as creators of the graphic material serving as the foundation of the animation, which accompanies work by local artist Terrance Osborne and animations produced by OCUBO’s multimedia team in Portugal.

 

Jen Lewin: The Pool

Sunday, Nov. 29 – Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Lafayette Square

Free and open to the public      

    •    The Pool is an environment of giant, concentric circles created from interactive circular pads that create a world where play and collaborative movement create swirling effects of light and color. As multiple users play in The Pool, their interactions become mesmerizing patterns of shifting and fading colors.

    •    On Friday, Dec. 4, Yelp New Orleans will be hosting a Get Glowing Booth in Lafayette Square with couches for chillin', a prize wheel for spinnin', and a station to charge up mobile devices to capture all that is LUNA Fête. Yelp is a website and mobile app that connects people with great local businesses.

 

Miwa Matreyek: Myth and Infrastructure and This World Made Itself

Friday, Dec. 4 & Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 900 Camp St.

$10 general admission tickets available at www.cacno.org

    •    These are live performance pieces in which the artist's shadow is constantly present as the world around her shifts and transforms. She becomes an integral part of fantastical animation worlds as she traverses oceanscapes, cityscapes, and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes with light and shadow.

 

ADDITIONAL EVENTS

Arts Council New Orleans’ Arts Market New Orleans

Saturday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Palmer Park

Free and open to the public

    •    Featuring more than 150 regional fine arts vendors, a children’s craft tent and activities, food and beverage vendors and live music from local musicians.

 

Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Tech Talk – Please Touch the Art

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m.

Zeitgeist, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

Free and open to the public

    •    The Pool’s Jen Lewin shares her insights and experience on the power of interactive art.

 

Arts Council New Orleans’ Community Arts Awards

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4 to 7 p.m.

Civic Theatre, 510 O’Keefe Avenue

Tickets prices begin at $75 and are available at: www.artsneworleans.org/event/communityartsawards/

    •    A celebratory and entertaining evening honoring outstanding contributions in the local arts community. Carlo Miguel Prieto will receive the Chairman’s Award.

 

Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Bazaar

Thursday, Dec. 3 – Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Lafayette Square

Free and open to the public

    •    Enjoy shopping under the stars at this special nighttime pop-up market featuring more than 30 local, contemporary artists and artisanal retailers.

 

Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Fete at New Orleans Arts District

Friday, Dec. 4 & Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

300 – 600 blocks of Julia Street

Free and open to the public

    •    Local light artists exhibit along Julia Street, and select galleries will also be open. Enjoy an art walk on Saturday.

 

Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Tech Talk – Art & Place

Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m.

Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

Free and open to the public

    •    A presentation by local artists on the impact of art on building a community.

 

Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Fete After Party

Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Ashé’s Power House Theatre, 1847 Polymnia Street

Free and open to the public

    •    Celebrate the LUNA Week finale with a special performance by Tank and the Bangas until midnight, followed by local DJs until 2 a.m.

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