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My Oulu: Lumo Light Festival will be celebrated next week – the end of the year is full of events


Tierna season brings light, events and atmosphere to Oulu from 19 November 2021 until 6 January 2022.

The first event of this year's Tierna Season is Lumo Light Festival that delights visitors and the people of Oulu with 17 installations, five of which will be on display for a longer period. Five district events in different Oulu neighbourhoods complement the event in the city centre.

Snellmaninpuisto Park was renovated last summer and is now showcased as one of the festival venues, as Lumo brings a temporary light installation there. With the renovation, an art path was made in the park, making it possible to place different artworks alongside it.

Samuel Mäki-Kerttula’s installation Wormhole has the honour of inaugurating the park according to its actual purpose. Wormhole is an installation for many senses, inviting visitors to experience a reality created by lights and sound inside a tunnel.

One of the pieces that will remain on display longer is Pillars of Light by the Flowers of Life collective, set in the most recently built section of Rotuaari pedestrian street. It will bring a special mood to the street for a month, until December 19th. The installation was commissioned by Oulun Liikekeskus and it serves as an example of what Christmas lighting in Rotuaari could be like in the future.

“This is the right time for us to experience with light art in the pedestrian centre. I am eagerly awaiting residents’ and shopkeepers’ feedback on how they feel about light art as lighting for the traditional Tierna period. For me, light art in this dark, slushy season brings energy and a sense of freedom into the city space,” says Leena Vuotovesi, Managing Director of Oulun Liikekeskus ry.

Health security in mind

A group of restaurants and cafés in the city centre are also involved in the festival, pampering festivalgoers with delicious Lumo Menu offers. A map of the festival area, with installations and participating restaurants marked, can be downloaded on the Lumo Light Festival website.

The festival is arranged mainly outdoors, and it has gathered 100 000 people at best to admire the light art installations. The event has attracted spectators also from outside Oulu.

The Lumo area has been designed with health security in mind, by making the festival area less tightly packed. In indoor locations, the number of simultaneous visitors will be restricted as necessary.

Entire festival programme:

Other events during the Tierna Season:

- Christmas season opening on November 26–28. The Christmas lights of Rotuaari, city centre, is lighted on Friday at 6 pm. Come and see the real Santa Claus from the Arctic Circle! There is much more to see for the whole family. From Saturday until Sunday the traditional Tierna boys’ competition will be held on the Rotuaari stage. Events are admission free.

- Independence Day and its eve on December 5–6. Finland's independence will be celebrated in multiple ways. You can participate in celebrations, for example, by going to events or lighting up an important place to you with blue and white colour. Most of the events are admission free. 

- New year's eve on December 31.The renewed New Year's Celebration event will take place at Rotuaari at 6 pm on New Year’s Eve. The event is admission free. More information about the event will be published later on the event calendar.

- Find more information and events on Oulu Event Calendar.


Mun Oulun tavoite on vahvistaa oululaisuutta ja sen näkyvyyttä lisäten Oulun kaupungin pito- ja vetovoimaa kirjoittamalla paikallisista ja ajankohtaista aiheista, kuten kaupungin päätöksistä, tapahtumista, kolmannesta sektorista, yksittäisistä kaupunkilaisista sekä mielenkiintoisista ilmiöistä. Mun Oulu on osa Oulun kaupungin viestintäorganisaatiota.
Lumo Light Festival takes place on 19–21 November. Photo: Janne Ahola, City of Oulu media bank

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