The Mainz Lights were intended to lure people into the city center with lighting projects – but the event was postponed. Where are the causes and what the people of Mainz can expect next year.
Despite the presentation, the event will be postponed for the time being: originally scheduled for the weekend from September 30 to October 2, now it is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023. The reason is the current energy crisis. The city wants to present its own energy-saving solutions this week. Ebling thinks the big light show parallel to the energy crisis is inappropriate: “Now we think about light and energy consumption differently than when we were planning it.”
Companies should participate
Next year, if the situation improves, “Mainz shines” will be held. Various companies in the city center should be involved – with special “light menus” in restaurants, facade lighting in shops or, for example, an open-air event in the Schönborn Bastion.
The highlight of the event are the light projections developed during the Temporary Media course at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences. In addition, the cathedral, the state theater, the area around the former Karstadt building, the town hall, the Rheingoldhalle and the Mainz shop on Domplatz will be illuminated with light installations. They are thematically different and always adapted to a given building. 40 students worked on the screenings. “One installation makes reference to changes in the Mainz landscape, another is interactive and fun. In the department, the show will be more spherical and meditative, says Professor Olaf Hirschberg, dean of the University’s Design Department.
A financing program carries with it financing
In addition, the emphasis will be on the sustainability of the project: “Planning in a way that conserves resources is crucial for us as a university, and not only since the energy crisis,” says Hirschberg. And Michael Ebling adds, “Fireworks don’t match the time anymore.” Unlike the 20-minute fireworks of the summer lights in Mainz, repeated projections are now set to draw people to the city. According to Ebling, since the lighting installations take place all over the place from dusk, the event should be more family-friendly and require fewer safety precautions. “During the summer, the lights in Mainz reached their limits,” he says.
Mainz Sparkles is funded by the state-run Inner City Impulse program. The director of the economic department Manuela Matz (CDU) is pleased: “This is being used on purpose to revitalize our city. Events like Mainz Sparkles offer residents and tourists a specific reason to visit the city center, gastronomy and retail. ” For Ebling and Mainzplus Managing Director Katja Mailahn, it is important that the project can be expanded: starting with the current six larger lights of the installation, this can easily be extended to the entire downtown, for example the castle and the cherry orchard.