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A glittering start to Sharjah Light Festival

Photos: M. Sajjad/Khaleej Times

Published on February 6, 2020 at 19.23

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The 10th edition of the Sharjah Light Festival kicked off on Wednesday.
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Over the years, the festival has successfully provided an astonishing line up of light shows since its inaugural event in 2011. The show has become a major tourist attraction in Sharjah, promoting the emirate's landmarks while also highlighting the beauty of the architectural and engineering details of these buildings.
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The opening ceremony witnessed a presentation entitled 'Glorious Sharjah', which brought together the four elements -- water, fire, earth and air -- in a dazzling show, taking the audience on a visual journey exploring the depths of cultural heritage in Sharjah and uncovering future horizons.
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The show unfolds element by element till the whole building seems to move away, revealing the first Emirati astronaut floating in space, surrounded by a visual allegory of Arab sciences and discoveries.
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The 11-day festival will run from February 5 to 15 across 19 locations in Sharjah, featuring 21 shows, such as video mapping shows, three interactive shows (the first one in University City Hall and the second and third in Al Majaz Waterfront), two light sculptures at Al Majaz, and one live show along with fireworks displays.
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The University City Hall building will showcase an interactive show titled 'Planet Sharjah'. This interactive show, which mixes video and AR maps techniques, is characterized by its presentation of the idea of traveling around a world inspired by elements of Sharjah.
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Al Majaz Waterfront will showcase another interactive presentation entitled 'Resonance & Kontakt', which magnificently echoes the light tunnel that runs between palm trees. Here the audience is invited to walk around and change the atmosphere through an interactive interface located at the entrance.
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An additional display on the other side of Al Majaz Waterfront is entitled 'Waves of Light', which is an attractive folklore show, representing the true colors of Sharjah and the global harmony that exists between people of different cultures. This distinguished display combines folklore, lights, music, video and fireworks.
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This year, there are two locations for food truck areas, the first is opposite University City Hall, and the second is opposite the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Free parking is available at both.
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The daily shows run from 6pm until 11pm from Saturday to Wednesday, and 6pm to midnight on Thursday and Friday.
 
 
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