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Festival of lights
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2014-12-02 17:23:01 | Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Keywords: attraction
For about 50 years now, Medellín held various celebrations in December and was known for its lighting in the streets. Last year, they brought things to a higher level by forming an official Lights festival (known locally as Festival de las luces).

There are many sites throughout the city with lights and activities. In most cases it takes the form of basic lighting like we usually see all over the world. On major streets you will encounter giant structures like a Christmas tree or some large-scale characters.

Decorations on the shore.

The river

But the real attractions are on a stretch of the river between 33rd and 44th streets. The main decoration site is in fact the river itself which is covered with light structures and sculptures. The sculptures located over the river are only fishes and boats for now, i suppose they will add more over the years.

There are many other small lighting structures representing gifts and other festive decorative elements. There are also four or five pavilions with larger theme-based exhibits in which the children and their parents can go through and be part of the exhibit

Large pavillion where we could go in and get very close to the exhibit.


Water and lights

But in my opinion the most impressive display was a light and water show. At first sight it appeared from afar like a classic sater fountains show with lights and music (like the one of the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas for example), but it was more complex than that. They used the water walls formed by the fountains as a projection screen to display animated characters in between the songs.

The site was very secure with lots of cops all over the place. In fact, as I was walking away to reach the path I used 2 days before (by day), a cop whistled me from afar and told me it wasn't a good idea for me to go that way with my camera (which was in my bag)... and indicated me to go by another way where more people were flowing out.

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