Essen (dpa / lnw) - The city of Essen is setting an example in the energy crisis. At this year's Light Festival, the second largest light art festival in Germany, from September 30th to October 9th, around 70 percent less electricity is to be consumed than last time. "This year's electricity consumption corresponds to around 7 watts per hour per visitor - i.e. the consumption of an energy-saving lamp that is switched on for one hour," said Essen Marketing.
According to Marketing Director Richard Röhrhoff, there was no question of canceling the popular Festival of Lights despite the enormous increase in energy prices. According to him, many entrepreneurs who have already suffered badly from the pandemic are attached to an event like the Light Festival. Among other things, retail, gastronomy and the hotel industry live from the many guests who come to events such as the Essen Light Festival, as Röhrhoff said. "The culture and event industry cannot once again bear the brunt of the major crises."
In order to reduce energy consumption by 70 percent, power-intensive light shows are dispensed with. The use of modern technology for projections and video mapping as well as energy-saving LED lights contribute to reducing consumption. There will also be fewer installations than in previous years.
According to information from Essen, the Light Festival in the Ruhr metropolis is the most popular light art festival in Germany after the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin.