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Airdrie Festival of Lights doubles prize amount for new light display

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:03 am

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Airdrie Festival of Lights Society (AFOLS) announced on Feb. 28, that the prize to design a new locomotive lighting display has been doubled to $2,100.

“Thanks to a grant from the City of Airdrie’s new Community Investment Funds, the Festival is able to double the commission to the winning artist,” said AFOLS President Rob Pirzek in a press release.

Pirzek added the four other semi-finalists will each receive prizes of $100 each.

“This is an exciting new project for us, and an exciting new opportunity for our artistic community” he said, noting the Festival wants local artists to be involved in creating a new display at Airdrie’s nationally-recognized light show.

This is the first time AFOLS has opened a contest like this to local artists and did so with the support and expertise of Creative Airdrie.

“It is a natural fit for Creative Airdrie because the Airdrie Festival of Lights is part of the culture in Airdrie,” said Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, vice chair for Creative Airdrie in an interview with Airdrie City View in December 2013.

All submitted designs should take into account the requested theme and create a new light display with a locomotive theme.

Shaw-Froggatt recommends designers consider the way visitors interact and react to the light displays while they create their submission.

Designs may incorporate animation elements and must clearly indicate colour placement of lights, which are limited to red, yellow, white, green, blue and purple.

April 15, 2014 is the last day for submission of entries, and winners will be announced at the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society’s annual general meeting on May 21, 2014.

The Festival hopes to unveil the new display during Creative Airdrie’s ARTember celebrations in September.

Artists can find more information about the competition at

The winning designer and four semi-finalists will receive a $100 honorarium and the winning designer will also receive the now $2,100 prize to use as they wish.

“I think this is a great way for artists to do something. This is a public art piece and will be around for years,” Shaw-Froggatt said.


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