LUNA Fête combines history with technology to highlight New Orleans’ architectural prowess.
What originally began as a solitary installation on Lafayette Square in New Orleans has turned into one of the most interesting festivals in the Big Easy, LUNA Fête.
Whether you like technology, architecture or just art in general, LUNA Fête will leave you with an experience that only New Orleans can deliver.
What Is LUNA Fête?
Thanks to motion graphics and video mapping technology, residents and tourists alike can enjoy the southern city’s architecture in a different light every December.
Images such as ocean waves crashing are cast against centuries-old buildings, and entire facades are covered in stunning projections of art.
A different take on interactive art
The Arts Council New Orleans created the festival of art, light and technology in 2014. The council married its vision of using art to transform communities with the power of technology. The result has been an art exhibit without walls, and with few other boundaries.
The festival uses the entirety of the Big Easy as a canvas. Furthermore, there’s a wide variety of hands-on activities. Each onlooker even has the opportunity to create their own works of art.
Past installations allowed festival-goers to “paint” a canvas with light. Budding artists can use their flashlights and phones to create their own works of art. Likewise, to light up New Orleans’ streets at night.
A nod to New Orleans’ past and present
One of LUNA Fête’s best features is its location. Few other cities have such strong traditions of architecture and art as New Orleans, with its impressive buildings that have stood for 175 years or more.
The main installations, where projections use New Orleans’ architecture as backdrop, are typically located on Lafayette Street. One of the most sought-after stops of the festival is Gallier Hall. It was built between 1845 and 1853 and is still considered a significant example of Greek Revival architecture.
For locals and tourists, LUNA Fête is a meaningful way to celebrate New Orleans’ history. This includes a vibrant art scene, and the holiday season, as it takes place in mid-December each year.
LUNA Fête is free to attend, but festival-goers get plenty of opportunity to support the cause and its vendors by purchasing snacks like cotton candy.