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ILLUMINATE – Utah’s Light Art and Technology Festival Nov 9th -10th

Utah Arts Alliance presents the second annual ILLUMINATE Light Art and Technology Festival, November 9 & 10 at The Gateway and on Regent Street in Downtown Salt Lake City. This free event invites the community to explore our city in entirely new ways and to see it in a whole new light, by illuminating our culture and community through art and technology.

ILLUMINATE is a free two-day community art event and a celebration of innovation and imagination that features installations from local and national artists, live music and performances, kids programming and short film fest, interactive light art demonstrations, virtual reality displays, food trucks, local brews & spirits and much more!

Artists working with technology and using light as their medium will approach the city as their canvas, creating light art displays and exhibits for the community to experience at this unique festival. Festival locations include indoor and outdoor spaces at The Gateway and on Regent Street / McCarthey Plaza. Programming partners include Utah Film Center, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Discovery Gateway, Spy Hop, UMOCA, and Clark Planetarium. More than 50 individual artists and performers are involved in creating work for the festival.

In a historic technological milestone for Salt Lake City, ILLUMINATE will be placing virtual public art pieces around the city with ILLUMINATE AR 2.0, the new Augmented Reality app that invites users to use their smartphones to interact with artworks in augmented reality, discover virtual reality artworks and visit portals to virtual space that are only viewable through the app. ILLUMINATE AR creates a gamified festival experience were users are challenged to find 23 artworks and festival areas, receiving a 3D-printed trophy of our mascot Illumino upon completion. ILLUMINATE AR will be available as a free download from the apple and android stores on November 9.

ILLUMINATE is free and family friendly. Kid-focused activities the Kids Light Lab on street level at Discovery Gateway, special educational demonstrations at Clark Planetarium, and a selection of animated films from around the world curated the Utah Film Center.

On Saturday night as the festival winds down, there is a special ticketed event called the AFTER GLO PARTY for those 21 and older. The AFTER GLO PARTY will be held at 110 South Rio Grande St at the Gateway, featuring top DJs and performers as well as projection-mapped displays, light art installations and more.

ILLUMINATE Festival is produced by the non-profit Utah Arts Alliance. For more info visit

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