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XV Oulu
Public Event 17 - 19 November, 2023


Lumo Light Festival, Flow Productions
Public art, illumination and performance show • Highlighting mental well-being in Europe today

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Suomen Taidepankki, Oulu, FINLAND

Date & Time

17 – 19 November, 2023

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Circe is Joyce’s dreaming episode of the unconscious with frequent interruptions by hallucinations experienced by the main characters. The city of Oulu is located in northern Finland, where light conditions change considerably with the change of seasons. With nightless nights in the summertime and a lack of sunlight in the winter months, there are obvious challenges with mental well-being in this northern Finnish town. It is vitally important to help people cope in different ways, especially during the dark months. Light festivals and other cultural interventions are proven tools to increase resilience and stimulate discussion. The Ulysses episode takes place in Nighttown. As does the Oulu Lumo Light Festival.


Enter into a night dreamworld with an immersive performance taking its inspiration from James Joyce’s Ulysses chapter 15: Circe. The artwork combines light and video art with performative elements including contemporary dance and circus. The audience is invited into the depths of the show to dive into the multisensory world of the subconscious, hallucinations and decadence, depending on their individual courage. The performance is located in the former Finnish National Bank building, which has been hidden from the public in the cityscape for decades.

Nighttown is directed by the award winning dance artist Pirjo Yli-Maunula and co-created with the whole team of 15 artists from Flow Productions

Nighttown Video Trailer

Nighttown is an immersive experience to be enjoyed at Lumo Light Festival on November 17-19. This site specific performance is located in Art Centre Culture Bank. NIGHTTOWN is part of European project Ulysses – European Odyssey supported by Creative Europe. Additional support was awarded by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The international team creating the performance has been given chapter 15 of Ulysses by James Joyce as an inspiration source for the creation.

The bank’s vaults and halls are the stage where dance, circus, music, bent light, photography and other visual arts come together to create an unforgettable performance. The viewer traverses an ever-changing, intense piece in which Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness odyssey becomes flesh.

Lumo Light Festival Oulu – Lumo-valofestivaali
Ulysses European Odyssey
Suomen Kulttuurirahasto

Credit photographer Janne-Pekka Manninen

Reheaersal Images

Photographer Janne-Pekka Manninen