ABOUT THE PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL
5th Annual Portland Winter Light Festival:
FEBRUARY 6-8, 2020
FREE TO ATTEND
Our mission is to build community by bringing cutting-edge art and technology to diverse audiences while invigorating the city of Portland in winter.
The Portland Winter Light Festival (PDXWLF) is a city-wide, vibrant outdoor arts festival held at the height of winter, when there are few free cultural events taking place in the city, and builds community through collaboration between organizations, businesses, artists, and guests.
The 2019 festival hosted over 156,000 visitors and presented nearly 200 public art installations, performances, and workshops, all free of charge.
The Willamette Light Brigade (WLB) founded PDXWLF in an effort to propel forward its mission of connecting community and enriching the public realm through artful lighting. The Festival began as a coalescence of ideas in 2016, and was spearheaded by Portland State University Professor of Architecture Jeff Schnabel, Lighting Designer and Artistic Director Chris Herring, and Technical Director Jean Margaret Thomas. The three were separately inspired by dynamic winter light festivals around the world such as France’s Fête des Lumières and Sydney’s Vivid.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR CHRIS HERRING
The inaugural version of the festival took place along the Willamette River, Eastbank Esplanade, and OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry). In its fourth year, the festival's footprint has expanded to areas in all corners of the city, including a major presence at Portland State University.
Download a PDF version of the 2019 festival infographic.
OREGON ART BEAT
Portland Winter Light Festival Sparks Illumination
Here Are The Five February Art Openings We’re Most Excited to See
Winter Light Festival Brightens Cold Nights
EAST PDX NEWS
'Light Fest' again dazzles on Willamette's east bank
PRESS PHOTOS & LOGOS
Logos, festival images in .PNG and .JPEG formats.
MAPS OF 2020 FESTIVAL