Sharjah Light Festival 2017 set to be brighter than ever
Since it began in 2011, the Sharjah Light Festival has been brightening up Arabian nights in the UAE during the month of February. This year, the tradition approaches once more with amazing 3D shows, performances by talented local artists and an exciting parade that will run through some of the city’s most astounding architectures and attractions.
From 2nd to 11th February, the beautiful city of Sharjah will liven up with the traditional Light Festival which will fill its most important landmarks with an astounding display of colours, images, and of course, magnificent lighting shows. Renowned as the UAE’s cultural capital, Sharjah is responsible for some of the most amazing artistic events in the Middle East.
This year, the festival celebrations are expected to brighter and more spectacular than ever thanks to technology advances as well as the sparkling decorations which will feature the best of oriental art displaying the beauty of Sharjah’s Islamic civilisation and the Arabian cultural legacy.
The 2017 Sharjah Light Festival will be held every night during the festival days from 6.30pm until 11.00pm on all the weekdays, and 6.30 pm until 12 midnight during the weekends and provide great entertainment for onlookers. Local and tourists alike will be gazing in awe as the walls, pillars and arches all transform into a spectacular show of design and style and amazing 3D shows are projected on some of the city’s most popular buildings.
One of the most cherished yet newest traditions in the Emirate’s calendar since it was created in 2011; the Sharjah Light Festival has been decorated by the best of international artists across 23 prominent locations of the city. Boasting a “Travel Across Time” theme, this year’s edition has chosen several locations to brighten up: 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 other mini locations across the emirate.
Besides the much-excepted lighting shows, the festival will comprise many other events to encourage the participation of visitors and offer more varied entertainment. Performances by talented artist can be appreciated at the Khorfakkan University, Al Qasimia University, Dibba, Kalba, and Al Dhaid, whilst a 3D stereoscopic show displaying geometric Arabic patterns, time designs and science forms will be taking place at the University City Hall. Moreover, the biggest highlight of the 2017 festival will be cultural parade that will march through Sharjah’s main streets, showering onlookers with enthusiasm and enticing them to join in on the festival spirit.
Taking into account that the 2016 Sharjah Light festival witnessed over 560,000 onlookers, including locals and foreigners, the number of visitors this year is expected to keep growing. Experts portend an increase of approximately 20 percent in tourists for 2017.
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