“GoPhoton!” brings the power of light to Barcelona

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is celebrating The International Year of Light (2015) with a programme of activities that kicks off on the 6th of February with a number of light-based performances

The United Nations have designated 2015 as the International Year of Light. In celebration of the nomination, the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, a state-of-the-art, light-based science and technology research centre, has programmed a series of activities throughout the year.

The month of February will be a particularly busy one in this respect and will include a variety of activities, many of which form part of the ECOP project, GoPhoton!, which includes the participation of seven other European cities in combined events entitled PhotonicSplashes, which will include performances, debates, exhibitions and competitions, among other activities, in numerous venues around Barcelona as well as in the ICFO facilities.

The inauguration will take place on the 6th of February in the Saló del Tinell and the Plaça de Sant Jaume and will also serve as the inauguration of the light festival that the Barcelona City Council has programmed as part of the local Santa Eulàlia's annual festival. Beginning at 6 pm with an opening address by architect Benedetta Tagliabue,  following the event, at 8.15 pm, the activities will take to the streets, beginning with an exhibition of illuminated “castellers” by the human tower groups Colla Jove, from Barcelona, and Micacos, from Badalona, in the Plaça de Sant Jaume.

Among other activities already announced, the Palau Robert hosts the exhibition The power of photonics: the application of light, from fiction to reality, these days until 22 February. The exhibition was a test of the impact of photonics has many areas of our lives, through some of the most important applications based on light, highlighting the link between the imagination of the most creative minds ago a century and advances in science and technology today.

GoPhoton! – PhotonicSplash

When: February

Price: Free

Where:Barcelona

More information here

Publication date: Monday, 02 February 2015
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