LUNA Fête is one of New Orleans’ most interesting annual events, taking attendees on an awe-inspiring journey through public artworks brought to life with light and technology. After drawing a staggering 50,000 attendees across four days in 2016, LUNA Fête, which stands for “Light Up NOLA Arts,” returns to Lafayette Square to excite and inspire audiences of all ages. This year, LUNA Fête is a New Orleans Tricentennial Signature event and will celebrate the history and culture of New Orleans through the works of numerous international artists.
Running from Lafayette Square down Lafayette Street to Fulton Street, LUNA Fête 2017 runs December 6-9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is free and open to the public. This year the event features video-mapping projections, interactive artworks, digital sculptures and art animated by technology. To get a sense of the type of imaginative, multimedia artworks to be featured at LUNA Fête, check out this video from 2016.
This year, LUNA Fête will transform the building façade of Gallier Hall into a cross-cultural celebration highlighting the connections between Mexico and New Orleans with an all-new projection mapping installation created by international award-winning studio AVA Animation and Visual Arts based in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico.
Projections will begin at the top of each hour, with a laser show by Laser Spectacles following each viewing. Beyond Lafayette Square, LUNA Fête attendees can experience “Passage,” the east entry into the LUNA Fête campus. Created by Canadian Artist Serge Maheu and presented by The Helis Foundation, “Passage” is a series of 20 interactive circles of light which explore the emotional connections we develop with light and sound.
LUNA Fête is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and to get an early taste of what the New Orleans Tricentennial festivities have on hand. Not only does it fuse art, light, and technology, it brings together both locals and tourists alike, to enjoy a one-of-a-kind celebration. Happy LUNA Fête, y’all!