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First ever Lusio light art festival ready to switch on Saturday in Volunteer Park

On what is expected to be the darkest night of the year, artists plan to bring light to Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park.

Lusio, a celebration of light art organized by artist Mollie Bryan, will take place Saturday, July 30 in the park from 8 to 10 PM. The festival will feature more than 20 light and sound installation pieces, including collaborative and interactive pieces.


As the sun sets on July 30, Volunteer Park will slowly come to life and “awaken” with light and sound. Local artists will install and project multiple light installations all over the park for you to explore. The live ambient showcase from the Vancouver BC label, Silent Season, will orchestrate the entire event with beautiful, deep, natural sounds to delight the auditory senses. Visuals will be projected onto the amphitheater wall . Local artists brought in from all over to delight you with their craft.

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public and will begin and end in the Volunteer Park amphitheater area.

The installations will be spread throughout the open. grassy spaces of the park. Bryan says she is trying to achieve an exploratory vibe with the event, but if you want to make sure you have seen everything, she plans to publish an interactive map with instillation locations on the Lusio website.

CHS first wrote about the project to create Lusio in June and a fundraising campaign to help get the event off the ground as Lusio transitions to grants for future editions to help pay for more artists. Bryan raised $1,471 through an IndieGogo campaign to help support the event.

As far as Bryan knows, Lusio is the first light event that has happened in Seattle. She hopes to make the festival an annual happening and ideally extend it into a series of three events through the year. Bryan says the biggest obstacle to this goal, unsurprisingly, is money. This year the festival is being funded by a $600 grant from the city, the fundraising campaign, and out of pocket funding from Bryan and participating artists. For Lusio 2017, Bryan is hopeful that she can obtain an Art in the Parks grant.

For Saturday’s inaugural event, Bryan suggests bringing glow-in-the-dark accessories like glowsticks, bracelets, and hoops, and a blanket and snacks to enjoy the show. Leave your own light art and fire twirling gear at home, please. Polite, well-behaved pets are welcome. Children, too.

You can learn more at

Lusio — A Night to Awaken

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4 years ago

facebook event page in case people want to set a reminder for themselves –

4 years ago

Seems cool and not to split hairs but… how is July 30 the darkest night of the year? Have the organizers of this event been in Seattle in, like, February?

4 years ago
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Celestially dark :) 14% waning crescent. Personally, I prefer a *dry* crescent… but, seriously, it might make more sense for future editions to take place in deepest winter.

Trey A
Trey A
4 years ago

Absolutely fabulous evening. Next year, please keep it going through midnight.