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8. International Lighting Design Workshop: Focus on practice & learning from professionals

21.-26. April 2019


International lighting design workshops are one of the bigger features of KRONACH in lights: Within six days students from all over the world get the unique chance to test their theoretical knowledge in practice. They are mentored by renowned lecturers from universities and architectural studios that focus on light. The team develops concepts, puts them into practice and finally, they can be presented to the 120,000 visitors as a homogenous part of the light festival in Kronach.

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At luxlumina 23/2018 our long-time partner Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Römhild recommends the Workshops in Kronach:

When experimenting with the effects of light, ‘the Lighting Design Workshop in public space is a particularly effective one. It challenges the students to do their best in a short time. To try again and again, to interpret the building and space through light. So the location seems new and unknown to the visitors. At the same time, working as part of a team is required and encouraged, even in difficult situations. One is forced to gain the ability to make decisions in a short space of time. For these experimental workshops events like “Kronach in lights” are particularly well-suited.”
“Here students have the opportunity to test how light interacts with architecture. They offset locations in a different socio-cultural context.”


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About the Event



Description of the Workshops 2018


Lichtpunkt 53: Workshop Mapping “On/Off”

Photo: Jennifer Alka

For the first time in history of Kronach in lights a video installation in cooperation with University of Applied Sciences Europe from Berlin and Hamburg is shown in the Regimentsstube at the Kronach Rosenberg Fortress. Together with the workshop heads Alexander Trattler and Prof. Verena Kraemer students from the departmemts of film and motion design, game design, communication design and illustration created a modular sculpture. A variety of videos are projected on its surfaces. An audiovisual experience awaits the visitor, which leads the castle in a whole new light.

INSTRUCTOR : Alexander Trattler, Verena Kraemer

Here you will find the workshop video entitled “Best workshop ever”


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Light point 3: International Lighting Design Workshop  Group 1 Spirit of Light


St. Anna, represented by the sheltering light behind the holy family. Photo: Andreas Rauh

“Seek the path of Jesus and the floating tour shall guide you”. Experience the 3 stages of Jesus’ journey through the lights, from the amber warmth of the holy family to the bluish size of heaven. Step into the Anna Chapel in the morning and you will wonder where Anna is, enter in the evening and she would reveal herself through the light that the holy family contains from behind. Walk through the centuries of the church of John the Babtist, witness to the vertical windows, overlooking the tower closest to heaven. See the greatness God has given to a prying Jesus, surrounded by his sleeping disciples in the chapel of Jesus. At the finale you end up in the children’s performances of the BDKJ, immersed in blue!

INSTRUCTOR : Michael Bamberger


Light point 11: International Lighting Design Workshop Group 2 Flowing with Light

The blue and green of the rivers that are so important for Kronach shape the workshop installation. Photo: Falk Bätz

Since medieval times the rivers represented the engine of Kronach and brought life and well-being to the community. For this reason, this installation is a celebration of rivers and water. The choice of the theme is related to the site, since the Melchior-Otto-Platz is the intersection of the main roads of the whole town, exactly as the three rivers intersect in Kronach. The roads in the square flow in a sinuous movement. Moreover, the heart of the intersection is the blue funtain, permanently creating a relaxing sound of falling waters. The theme of rivers and waters is suggested through a refreshing colour gradation of blue and green, as well as by the texture and reflections of water. In order to emphasize the blue atmosphere, contrasting magenta colour is used on the vegetation. Light is guiding people. We create a river that has its springs in the tower coming out of the cellars, flowing and washing the facade of the Lucas Cranach building, meeting in the fountain and spreading in the entire square.


  • Angelo Lombardo (Italy)
  • Dimitris Christodoulou (Cyprus)
  • Gamal Medhat (Egypt)
  • Laila Zohny (Egypt)
  • Nicholas Gatti (Italy)
  • Silvia Tripsa (Romania)
  • Valeriya Pavelko (Ukraine)
  • Yu-Ting Chen (Taiwan)

INSTRUCTOR : Dr. Ashraf Nessim (Egypt)


Light point 18: International Lighting Design Workshop  Group 3 Opera


3-colored shadows emphasize the concept of opera. Photo: Falk Bätz

Drama: an important part of the opera. Contrasting light scenarios change this part of the city into a spectacular theatrical setting. Here, the visitor becomes the actor walking in onto the stage nervously through the dark curtains. On the other side there is the excited audience walking along the red carpet, waiting curiously for the show to begin.

INSTRUCTOR : Sabine De Schutter and Isabella Mordeglia


Lichtpunkt 28: International Lighting Design Workshop  Group 4 Clarity and Mistery – Town Hall Square and Tower Area


Blue-green light and long shadows emphasize the creepy atmosphere of the witches tower. Photo: Andreas Rauh

The main idea is to create an opposition between two environments, one made of a very clear and reassuring light, the other that inspires fear and anguish. The town hall building and the square in front of it are characterized by a neutral white, very pure and simple, used in order to underline the architectural features of the buildings. For the town hall especially the white bright light is used to pint out the boundaries and the pitched roof so that the architecture really stands out. Walking toward the square you reach different trees, two of which create a gate to enter in the other area. Those trees symbolize the trees of life, realizing a link between good and bad, heaven an hell. Afterward the visitor is faced with a very different scenario where there is a tower and a walkway belonging to the medieval age. In compliance with this dark historical period, the aim was to create a mysterious an creepy atmosphere through light, according also with the “Demons game” hosted by this place. For that reason we have used a color-scheme that goes from blue to green, uplighting seats, the statue and the tower. The tower is the true protagonist of the scene, so the design focus mainly on it, trying to emphasize particular details. The result is the contrast between two different ambiences, thank to which the very scary and magical atmosphere is enhanced, involving and amazing anyone who crosses this space.

INSTRUCTOR : Clemens Grapentin


Lichtpunkt 33: International Lighting Design Workshop  Group 5 A fairytale world


Historic buildings as Snow-White and Rose-Red. Photo: Falk Bätz

A fairytale world, where you are “guided” to “somewhere over the rainbow”. The area near to the marketplace pictures the german tale “Snow-White & Rose-Red”; highlighting the idea of being different but also complementary. The small baroque building so is Snow-White, while the firehouse is Rose-Red. From that area to the next the page is turned to the scene of a rainy day followed by a beautiful rainbow leading you up to the castle.

INSTRUCTOR : Markus Julian Mayer


Participating Universities:

From the very beginning, we have worked together with universities from all over the world at the International Workshops. They provide high-ranking lecturers and give students credits for the completed workshops. Some have KRONACH in lights as a practice element firmly incorporated into their program.

These universities and institutes cooperated with us in 2018: