Stockholm launches a new celebration of lights for Nobel Week 2020 marks the debut for this cultural experience, taking place from 5-13 December

Stockholm launches a new celebration of lights for Nobel Week
2020 marks the debut for this cultural experience, taking place from 5-13 December

Stockholm is launching its first Nobel Week Lights from 5-13 December, which will see 16 locations around the city creatively illuminated, weaving together art and technology to celebrate this year’s Nobel Laureates.

Locations such as the Stockholm City Hall, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Stockholm City Museum and the Nobel Prize Museum are just a few of the places that will serve as stages for a range of spectacular and artistic light installations by Stockholm’s leading artists and designers. The cultural programme, which is non-ticketed and free for all to enjoy, aims to become an annual occasion intersecting art and science to bring artistic creativity to a broad audience whilst celebrating the Nobel prizes and raising awareness about how we experience the urban environment.

For those who cannot travel to Stockholm at this time, the experience will be available digitally with ‘clickable’ installations that showcase the artworks with artist commentary. Digital tours with English subtitles will be available on the Nobel Week Lights website as well as posted onto their Facebook page.

Several of the light installations have been inspired by the Nobel Prizes from this year and previous years. One of the most impressive installations sees images from the outer reaches of space projected onto the façade of Stockholm City Hall, following a collaboration with the Swedish National Space Board and the European Space Agency, connecting to this year’s Physics Prize relating to the discovery of black holes.

Other works include the striking LED-lit ‘Sense Light Swing’ by artist Alexander Lervik, which has been previously used by Dior in its international fashion shows, as well as the multi-coloured ‘Shadow Playground’ by designer duo Alex Manson & Ola Carlsson Fredén, who run an agency for light and visual experiences in the city. In the City Museum’s courtyard, Paloma Design Studio has designed a cloud-like artwork named ‘Reflection’ which plays on the perception of light. The piece moves and changes according to the viewing angle, making it a unique experience for each spectator.

The Nobel Week Lights project was initiated by a group of Stockholm-based creatives; Annika Levin, who has many years of experience in art and culture projects, Lara Szabo Greisman, cultural attaché at the Institut Français de Suède, Alexandra Manson, architect and lighting designer and Helmet – a lighting company with long experience of lighting installations and a great interest in connecting advanced technology with art and culture.

Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, said: “This year is unique in the history of the Nobel Prize, since many of the week’s activities are being held online. So we’re particularly happy to be able to invite the public to an experience in an outdoor environment that spreads light and hope.”

Nobel Week Lights is an outdoor cultural experience that facilitates social distancing measures and is available online for people from other countries for whom travel is not advised. For further information on the project, visit .

Visit Stockholm has also created an inspirational online guide called ‘A Warm Light In The Winter Darkness’ for readers to plan future visits to the city. The platform has been built to provide some ‘light’ during the darkening days, with love from Stockholm.