LUMA was founded in 2015 by a street photographer, a film editor and an event planner.

They expected a crowd of 3,000.

And 30,000 came.

Today, from artists to engineers to city workers and designers, LUMA represents the effort of hundreds of people united by a common vision.

We believe when we give artists the freedom to play, the results are incomparable. We believe that art is the foundation of livability and livability is the core of economic development. And we believe in bringing our partners serious value by creating an experience unlike any other.

The first few years of LUMA have seen symphonies, cartoonists, artificial intelligence and live motion actors. We can’t wait to show you what’s next.

Projection Mapping and More

Using powerful projectors and 3D animation, we create the illusion that enormous structures are transforming as if by magic. City hall turns into a gingerbread house. The courthouse becomes Stonehenge. The light overpowers the architecture and the effect seems real.

Going to LUMA is like visiting some giant outdoor art gallery where the paintings tower over you 6 stories high. Enjoy it in any order you choose at whatever pace you like. You’ll find projection mapping, light installations, immersive live performance and something new every year.

Far more than just spectacle, LUMA is dedicated to the fine art of storytelling–through projection mapping and many other forms of tech-driven artistry. What experiences can we share by transforming the urban landscape into an animated canvas?

Help us find out.

Art for Everyone

LUMA has no entrance fee. You don’t need a ticket. Just make your travel plans and come celebrate.

Support comes from the City of Binghamton, Broome County and the State of New York–plus dozens of sponsors, a few foundations, some generous private donors and hundreds of individual Kickstarter contributors.

We occasionally ticket special features to cover a higher production cost. But the vast majority of the festival is free.

Want to know more? Check out the frequently asked questions.


LUMA Projection Arts Festival is a co-production of LUMA Arts Initiative Inc and LUMA Projection Arts LLC.