Skyway Festival of Lights sees Toruń lit up in spectacular colour

In Zone 1 they will pass the Toruń entrance gate and luminous stones at a length of over 70-80 meters, stones of various sizes will be placed, some of which are over 1.5 meters wide. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

The 11th edition of the spectacle will be a drive-thru event along a 5km course consisting of 12 zones.

In Zone 1 they will pass the Toruń entrance gate and luminous stones  at a length of over 70-80 meters, stones of various sizes will be placed, some of which are over 1.5 meters wide.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

In Zone 2 the drivers in their cars will be dazzled by the acrobatics stunts of motocross riders who will light up the night sky with their daring tricks.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Traditionally visitors would walk the streets of the medieval town taking in the sights and art projected against the historic buildings.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

In Zone 4 a large format projection will appear on a 300-metre-long forest wall, the only such display to be found the World.Google

The centre piece of Zone 5 is named ‘Head in the clouds’ and is ‘an installation that treats aspects of the deep dimension of the flying dream in an abstract way. The airport runway will transport the viewer to reflect what lies dormant in the human psyche,’ according to the festival website.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

There will be  street theatre along the way with a show that is titled ‘The Energy Factory’ which sees  pyrotechnics, air acrobatics, stilt walkers and circus performers who will play the roles of employees of the factory.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Dozens of box-shaped water tanks light up to create a stage where a local DJ performs to the passing motorists, providing not only a light show but musical accompaniment to brighten up the evening.Autoskyway

Aliens appear multiple times along the route with DJ Skyway using its many limbs to help mix and swap songs while smiling.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Art installations visible along the route challenge the visitors in an ‘unusual way’ with the festival website describing the juxtaposition as: “Constant and changeable. The strength of steel and the delicacy of the material. Adversity is variable - but one thing remains the same - values. Values such as - freedom, equality, respect. These abstract concepts will be told in an unusual way by the animation that will be displayed on the construction screens.”Autoskyway

As with festivals from previous years there is also an air show with planes lighting up the night’s sky in a dizzying display of LEDs, fireworks and precision flying.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

The historic number 100 tram that operated from the 1960s is lit up by blue lights. It has been used to guide tourist around in the past and now it is an attraction itself.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Finally the tour ends at Theatre Square (Plac Teatralny) where historic buildings such as the Marshal's Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship and Toruń City Hall are adorned with light displays. Visitors can then continue on their journey or park up, get out and while maintaining social distancing explore the historic old town on foot.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Previous editions have seen intricate designs inspired by international artists such as this display named the  ‘Renaissance Palace’ in 2017.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

In 2014 the artist Mariano Light projected this display known as ‘Galeria Galaktyka’ onto Szeroka Street. The installation came with the slogan, “Touch the horizon, experience the infinityTytus Żmijewski/PAP

The 2015 edition included the ‘Water Concept Opera’ by  Bogumiła Palewicza, which included a hundred meter water curtain made of 7,000 nozzles, jets of water which shot up 25 meters above the ground and 10,000 litres of water launched into the air.Tytus Żmijewski/PAP