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Berlin shines bright thanks to IALD Enlighten Europe 2014

Enlighten Europe 2014, organised by the IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers) enlightened the capital of Germany on 9, 10 and 11 November, with educational talks aimed at lighting professionals and students.

Did you know that feelings are extremely important when working with lighting? That's what Jöran Linder and Eric Olsson taught us at ‘Did you give the world some love today, baby?', where they explained how to pamper the world with light. At ‘Light and happiness', Edwin Smida explained the emotional effect light has on us. More than once you've probably felt more energetic or sad without knowing why... it might have been because of the type of lighting around you! Lastly, during the closing session we were shown in a fun way all about typical 1960s stage lighting, which was very psychedelic.

Once again we felt very comfortable at this event, where there was a good atmosphere and top quality networking. We were able to chat to Emma Cogswell and Kai Piippo, future members of the jury of the Lamp Awards; and with Kevan Shaw, Charles Stone, Lupercales, Andreas Schulz, Kaoru Mende and Douglas Leonard Sr, amongst others. We also had the chance to promote the Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards 2015.

As well as holding the IALD conference, Berlin is closely linked to lighting: the event to commemorate 25 years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall took place around the same time. The Lichtgrenze (‘Frontier of Lights'), an installation designed by the Bauder brothers, created a symbolic wall with 15 km of illuminated balloons along the Berliner Mauer route. The event reached its highest point on the evening of 9 November, with an emotional countdown to release the balloons into the sky.

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