The First Ever Nobel Week Lights Will See Stockholm’s Iconic Buildings Illuminated

Katherine Notman Katherine Notman - Staff Writer

The First Ever Nobel Week Lights Will See Stockholm’s Iconic Buildings Illuminated

These beautiful displays will celebrate this year’s Nobel Laureates.

Since 1901, Stockholm has played host to the most prestigious awards ceremony in the world, and this year the city is certainly celebrating in style. From 5-13 December, the first-ever Nobel Week Lights will illuminate 16 different locations around Stockholm, combining technological and artistic skill to create something wildly impressive. [Featured images courtesy of Visit Sweden]

The Nobel Prize Museum will itself be illuminated with enchanting lights, alongside other iconic buildings such as Stockholm City Hall and The Royal Dramatic Theatre. Moreover, the whole experience will be available to view online, so that everybody can enjoy it, regardless of the circumstances. The event is all about accessibility – with no need to buy tickets for this free event – and digital tours with English subtitles available on the Nobel Week Lights website and Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Visit Sweden

The Nobel Week Lights is an amazing initiative, initiated by Stockholm’s very own Annika Levin, Lara Szabo Greisman, Alexandra Manson, and the lighting company Helmet. The excitement that this project brings to the city will be immense, bringing bursts of light to one of Stockholm’s dark winter weeks, at a time when the world needs brightening. Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, Lars Heikensten, commented that: “This year is unique in the history of the Nobel Prize since many of the week’s activities are being held online. So we’re particularly happy to be able to invite the public to an experience in an outdoor environment that spreads light and hope.”


In collaboration with the Swedish National Space Board and the European Space Agency, amazing images from outer space will be projected onto  Stockholm City Hall. This honours the work of this year’s Physics Prize winners, Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez. These three phenomenal physicists have together produced groundbreaking research regarding the presence of black holes and their impact on the general theory of relativity.

Photo courtesy of Visit Sweden

Other displays that use light to create an interactive experience include Paloma Design Studio’s ‘Reflection’, which shifts according to the viewer’s perspective, creating a truly impressive spectacle in the courtyard of City Museum. It’s not to be missed, and neither is Alexander Lervik’s ‘Sense Light Swing’, which has previously been used in Dior fashion shows. This project promises to be inspiring, just as the Nobel Prizes have themselves inspired brilliant minds across all fields for more than a century. Check out the website for more information on the event.

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