Our city has been struck by lightning(s). Starting Monday, March 18th, mysterious flashes of lightning have started striking various parts of the city. If you were confused about the sudden burst of lights in your neighborhood, worry not: it is all part of “The Lightning Project”, a project developed by BEGA as part of the Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2021 project.

Here’s what we’ve managed to find out about the project so far…

 

The Lightning Project – What’s the deal?

While we usually cover events before they happen, this time the odds have not been in our favor. This project has been as spontaneous as lightning: the location of the event has only been announced 10 hours before the start of the event.

And that is not all! By “location of the event” we mean the neighborhood in which the show will take place. In order to find the exact location, you must search for the light – literally. A modern “treasure hunt” for the locals of Timisoara?! We certainly think so. While some have complained about the spontaneity of the event, you have to admit it’s a new and interesting concept.

The Lightning Project has been announced to take place between March 18th and March 22nd, starting 8 p.m. in 5 Timisoara neighborhoods.

 

Photo via BEGA.

The Lightning Project – The Artists

The show driven by lights and music has certainly drawn our attention. But who are the artists behind it?

Just like in the case of Lumen, the previous show organised by BEGA, the show is a co-production between Romanian and foreign artists. The “lightning” is yielded by the group

Lords of Lightning. The group is the outcome of a collaborative effort between the creator of Lightning for Hire in New Zealand and the creative genius behind Arcadia Spectacular in the UK.

The Romanian contribution to the show comes mainly from music group Armies. Armies is a trip-hop / ambient project started in September 2013 in our lovely city of Timișoara.

For “The Lightning Project”, Lords of Lightning have worked on the music composed by Armies. This show is a result of this collaboration.

 

Photo via BEGA.

When and where?

The show is performed twice each evening: the first show starts at 8 p.m. and the second one at approximately 9 p.m. So far, the show has been performed in:

  • The Student Campus (Complexul Studentesc)
  • The Soarelui Neighbourhood
  • this night’s representation will take place in the Freidorf neighborhood.

Where next?! Each of the events is announced around 10 a.m. on BEGA’s official Facebook page and in the dedicated Facebook event.

However, we have also spotted something electric in Liberty Square… And this has also been mentioned on BEGA’s Instagram page.

So, you can look for the hints yourself, while charging your phone. But does this mean there will be show in Liberty Square too? We don’t know yet, but we do have a few more days to find out….

Later Edit: On the fourth evening, the local neighbourhood of Bucovina was struck by lightning, while the last “The Lightning Project” show took place – as we well guessed – in Liberty Square. Looking forward to more intriguing events in our city!

 

What do you think about this project?! Have you been intrigued by it?