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As part of the 7th Zsolnay Festival of Light, Zsolnay Heritage Management Ltd. announces the next edition of its popular, international, prized Zsolnay Light Art Mapping Competition, to be composed on the Pécs Cathedral.

The mapping surface remains the same: the Cathedral’s Southern façade, towers, roof and rear towers. The Jury Panel consists of a five-member international professional committee

The Zsolnay Light Art Mapping Competition is free for all visitors, and is recommended for all ages. For further information on the festival program, please visit the festival’s website or Facebook page.

About the competition


Site: Southern facade including the four towers and roof of Pécs Cathedral (see template)

Date of competition: July 7-9, 2023.

About the Competition:

We encourage artists to highlight the public art nature of mapping and consciously utilize its potentials. We prefer quality artistic pieces without clichés and with an original message.

Therefore, we are looking for mappings that meet the following aspects:

This year’s theme is COEXISTENCE

Coexistence is a system in which different elements independently exist in the same space and time. How stable that state is and how long can it exist in the same format, depends solely on its habitants.

Besides ACCEPTANCE, UNDERSTANDING is also an important part of interactions based on the “LIVE AND LET LIVE” concept. Being connected in space and time leads to various exchanges that develop overtime, resulting in a complex system with a longer life expectancy. 

This phenomenon appears in all areas of life, within relationships between individuals or social groups, cultures, built and natural environment or even machines and neural networks.

To respect the building’s sacred nature and remain politically correct, we discourage including any direct or hidden religious, political and commercial elements in your mapping. 

During the multiple-stage selection process, the Jury will select a maximum of 5 artworks to be presented live. The Competition is open to emerging and established artists, students and professionals – both individual and group applications are accepted. Individuals under the age of 18 may only apply with written parental consent.

By registering, applicants automatically accept competition rules.


Competition stages:

  1. Application and Project proposal
    Submission deadline: April 3, 2023. 24:00 (CET)
    Longlist announced: April 14, 2023.
  2. Animatic
    Submission deadline: May 7, 2023. 24:00 (CET)
    Shortlist announced: May 18, 2023.

At this stage, the organizer will sign an agreement with the creators of 5 selected projects, which will legally bound creators to finish their project, and organizers to pay a 2000 EUR honorarium after the completed projects are delivered. 

  1. Submitting Final Competition Material
    Submission deadline: June 18, 2023. 24:00 (CET)
    Uploading video and audio material of the work to be projected in full resolution according to the technical specifications provided in the competition tender

ATTENTION! The TEMPLATE has been updated; please make sure you are using the new files!

Contestants will be notified via e-mail upon registration and after each stage. If you have any questions, please contact us at

We would like to draw the attention of those interested to the fact that in parallel with the Zsolnay Light Art competition, in January 2023 the Route of Light tender was announced, whereby light art installations for Zsolnay Light Festival will be selected. The two tenders are completely separate from each other both in terms of the selection process and the deadlines.

February 17, 2023. Pécs, Hungary