Visualia Festival of Light

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Discover the Magic of Visualia Festival of Light in Pula

Top Highlights

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of the Visualia Festival of Light, where Pula transforms into a breathtaking spectacle of light and art. Held annually, this festival showcases the magic of new technologies and audiovisual art, creating an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

  • Lighting Giants: Witness the iconic illuminated cranes of the Uljanik Shipyard, a symbol of the festival and a must-see attraction.
  • 3D and 2D Video Mapping: Experience spectacular video mapping shows at various locations, transforming historical sites into immersive art displays.
  • Interactive Light Installations: Engage with numerous interactive installations spread throughout the city, offering a hands-on experience with light and technology.
  • International and Local Artists: Enjoy performances and installations by artists from around the world, showcasing diverse styles and techniques.
  • Recreational Night Race “Xica”: Participate or watch the popular night race through the city, adding a dynamic element to the festival’s activities

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About

The Visualia Festival of Light is an annual event that transforms the city of Pula into a mesmerizing spectacle of lights, drawing both locals and international visitors. Here’s a more in-depth look at what makes this festival so unique and enchanting:

History and Growth

The Visualia Festival began in 2013, initially focusing on 3D mapping projections. Over the years, it has expanded significantly, now featuring a wide array of light installations and performances that utilize the latest in audiovisual technology. The festival has grown to become a significant event in Pula’s cultural calendar, attracting around 10,000 visitors each year​.

Key Attractions

  • Lighting Giants: One of the festival’s highlights is the “Lighting Giants,” where the cranes of the Uljanik Shipyard are illuminated, creating a spectacular sight that has become an iconic symbol of Pula.
  • 3D and 2D Video Mapping: These shows transform historic sites and buildings into dynamic canvases of light and color, providing a breathtaking visual experience.
  • Interactive Installations: Spread across various locations in Pula, these installations invite visitors to interact with light in innovative ways, blending art with technology​

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Unique Events

  • Xica Night Race: A unique feature of the festival is the Xica night race, where participants run through the illuminated streets of Pula, adding a dynamic and active element to the festivities.
  • Light Postcard Guinness World Record: In 2015, the festival set a Guinness World Record for the largest photograph of people forming a light sign, known as the “Light Postcard,” in the Pula Arena​

Artistic Contributions

The festival features works from both international and local artists, including stunning performances and installations from artists hailing from countries such as France, Spain, Germany, Hungary, the UK, the Netherlands, Finland, Romania, Ukraine, and Australia. Notable contributions from Croatian artists further enhance the event. This blend of local and global talent ensures a diverse and rich artistic experience for all attendees.

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Impact on Pula

Visualia Festival not only provides entertainment but also significantly contributes to the city’s branding and cultural identity. It highlights Pula’s commitment to arts and technology, making it a must-visit destination for tourists during the festival period

Locations

The festival is spread across various locations in Pula, including:

  • The Forum
  • Portarata Square
  • Kaštel
  • Graz City Park
  • Kandlerova Street
  • Uspon St. Teodora
  • Riva
  • Tito’s Park
  • King Petar Krešimir IV Park

These locations come alive with interactive light displays and performances, making the city a dazzling playground of light.

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When to Visit

The Visualia Festival takes place 19.09 – 21.9.

What is There to See

Visitors can expect to see a variety of installations and performances, including:

  • 3D and 2D video mapping shows
  • Interactive light installations
  • Performances by international and local artists

Each installation offers a unique blend of art and technology, turning Pula into a canvas of light.

How Long Does a Visit Take

A visit to the Visualia Festival can vary in duration. To fully experience the festival, plan to spend at least one evening exploring the different installations and performances scattered throughout the city. However, many visitors find themselves returning each night of the festival to catch all the highlights.

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Local Tips & Tricks

  • Footwear: Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be walking a lot to see all the installations.
  • Camera: Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the stunning light displays.

When It Starts

The festival usually kicks off in the evening, with the opening ceremony drawing significant crowds. Specific start times can be found on the festival’s official website or social media pages.

Price

The Visualia Festival is free to the public, making it an accessible and family-friendly event.

Contact Info

How to Get Here

The Visualia Festival of Light is centrally located in Pula, spread across approximately ten locations throughout the city. 

Where to park

  • For the best parking spots, please check the “where-to-park” section. This guide provides a detailed overview of all recommended parking locations.

Location

What is the Visualia Festival of Light?
The Visualia Festival of Light is an annual event in Pula that showcases a variety of light installations, 3D and 2D video mapping, and interactive performances. The festival transforms the city into a stunning spectacle of lights and art.
When is the Visualia Festival held?
19.09 – 21.9.
Where is the festival located?
The festival is spread across approximately ten locations in the center of Pula, including The Forum, Portarata Square, Kaštel, Graz City Park, Kandlerova Street, Uspon St. Teodora, Riva, Tito’s Park, and King Petar Krešimir IV Park.
Is there an entry fee for the festival?
It is Free
How long does a visit to the festival take?
A visit to the Visualia Festival can vary in duration. To fully experience the festival, plan to spend at least one evening exploring the different installations and performances. Many visitors find it worthwhile to return each night to catch all the highlights.
How can I get to Pula for the festival?
Pula is accessible by air via Pula Airport, by train, and by intercity bus services. Once in Pula, local buses, taxis, and walking are convenient ways to reach the various festival locations in the city center.
Are there any tips for attending the festival?
Yes! Arrive early to avoid crowds, wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot, bring a camera to capture the stunning light displays, and pick up a festival map at information points to plan your route efficiently.