Festivals of light take place in various cities of the world approximately from September till March. The most famous of them are annual light festivals in Lyon
; these festivals are rated among the biggest cultural events and top tourist destinations of these cities.
Of course, the best way to learn from the experience of these successful light festivals would be to go and see them with your own eyes. Some cities combine their festival of lights with experience sharing evens. For example, each year during the Fête des Lumières in Lyon you can also visit the Lyon Light Festival Forum
, a big event that focuses on the most recent issues and trends in temporary public lighting. This year, participants of the Lyon Light Festival Forum had an opportunity to meet the organizing team of the Fête des Lumières; for two hours, the Director, the Technical Director and other team members of the Fête des Lumières had been talking about their experience of organizing this huge event – preparing all the logistics, distributing the budget, working with the authors of installations, searching for sponsors, involving volunteers, and doing all kinds of other things. There was also an open Q&A session where the speakers gave advice to the cities on how to organize a festival of lights for the first time. The organizing team of the Fête des Lumières is very friendly and open for cooperation: in case of further questions, they can always be reached by email (but bear in mind that the answer might take some time, because such consultations need to get approval from the department of international affairs of the City of Lyon.