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LUMA Projection Arts Festival set to light up Downtown Binghamton

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JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- America's premier projection arts festival returns this September.

Each year, the City of Binghamton is transformed into an outdoor gallery celebrating the intersection of both art and technology. LUMA Co-Founder and Operations Director Joshua Bernard said artists gather from all over the world to use the city's buildings as their canvas.

"We use computer animation to create the illusion that the building is transforming," Bernard said. "That's it's falling down, that it's reconstructing itself that the Courthouse is turning into the Colosseum or that 95 Court St. is turning into a gingerbread house."

Bernard said there will be a variety of new 2021 features along with some fan favorites as well.

"First of all we are bringing back some of people's favorite artists like Light Harvest out of Brooklyn who is probably one of our finest storytellers," Bernard said. "We also have two new artists this year, we have Sila Sveta from Moscow and they are actually doing a production mapping based entirely on Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven."

The LUMA Projection Arts Festival will take place Sept. 10 & 11 in downtown Binghamton.

New this year in an effort to control and reduce crowd capacity, tickets are required in order to attend the event. Tickets are free and can be reserved here.

There are three-time slots available for each night of the festival. Time reservations are an hour and fifteen minutes each and they begin at 8:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Bernard said with COVID-19 being a continued threat to the festival there are a few safety precautions the festival is implementing in order to keep guests safe.

Organizers said that those who show proof of vaccination are permitted to attend without a mask and those who do not show proof of vaccination are asked to wear a mask. A wristband will be issued to those who show proof of vaccination.

"The deal is this, if you're vaccinated you do not have to wear a mask at the festival," Bernard said. "If you are not vaccinated we do ask that you wear a mask which is based on state regulations."

For updates on New York State health requirements ahead of the festival click here.

Steph Shtoyko

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