The 7th consecutive year The Sharjah Light Festival SLF, started on 2nd Febraury at the University City Hall in Sharjah City. This 10 day event will conclude on 11th of February 2017.
The world’s most acclaimed light festival, combining local talents and internationally renowned artists switches on again. The SLF attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to be amazed by the beautifully composed music, ingenuity of the artists and technical masters who curate the stunning illuminations onto the inspiring architecture of Sharjah.
Tourists from all over the world come to Sharjah in search of a better understanding of the art and culture of the United Arab Emirates. The Sharjah Light festival is another addition to the list of magnificent efforts made by Sharjah in offering the visitors a glimpse of the beautiful architectural landscape of the emirate.
Eye-opening displays of colour, images and lights are inspired by a variety of subjects such as beauty, science, creativity and knowledge. Sharjah Light Festival is a highly anticipated event as each year it takes the advancements of technology and transforms them with an elegant touch into something awe-inspiring.
The theme of the festival this year is “Travel Across Time” and the chosen locations for the light festival are: Al Qasba, Al Taqwa Mosque, Al Noor Mosque, Al Maghfira Mosque, University City Hall, The new Planetarium, Al Qasimi Mosque, The newly opened Jubail Fish and Vegetable Market, The Family Supreme council of affairs, Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Cultural Square, Cultural Palace, Khalid Lagoon Corniche, Al Majaz Waterfront, Flag Island, the bridges, and a few other mini locations across the emirate.
Besides the cultural events and the performances, another super highlight of the show is the cultural festival parade that goes through the street provoking the onlookers to mix together and indulge in the spirit of the festival. The Sharjah Light festival of 2016 edition witnessed over 560,000 visitors from the UAE and other parts of the world. Social media channels chronicled 2.8 million interactions offering a clear understanding of festival’s widespread appeal. Similarly, this year too, an increase of approximately 20 percent in tourists is expected.