About Lumen

What is Lumen?

Established in 2018, Lumen takes place on the last Saturday of September at various indoor and outdoor installation locations, bringing together tech industry leaders like the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Perimeter Institute and Shopify, with locally and internationally renowned multi-disciplinary artists.

Traditionally hosting 30+ visual, interactive, new media, and performance-based installations, the event is adapted in 2020 to a virtual format in order to accommodate for the safety of the community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Introducing: Lumen at Home. A virtual festival where art, light and tech meet. Join us online to enjoy interactive art installations that celebrate the intersections of light, art and technology. Head to the Installations page to watch the artist's exhibit their work online through videos and an online gallery, with more to be released throughout October.

In addition to a lineup of high-caliber artists, Lumen has also featured collaborations and partnerships between the City of Waterloo and cultural organizations such as Button Factory Arts, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo Public Library, Mary Allen Studio Tour, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Kazoo!Fest, THEMUSEUM, City of Waterloo Museum, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, LAUNCH Waterloo, Canada Learning Code.

Lumen is an annual, free, all-ages festival that is open to the public and run by the City of Waterloo’s Arts and Culture team (Create Waterloo). The event features the work of artists as they explore the interplay of light, art, and technology in installations located throughout uptown Waterloo.

Man wearing a leather jacket, glasses, and long hair in a bun on his head plays guitar on stage at Lumen 2019. There is a mixture of purple, blue, and pink lights behind him.