|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.
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.