IYL 2015 Events #51 | Week 21-27 December

Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 21-27 December. Click on the links for more information on the different activities.

Please note that some last-minute additions to the event programme may not appear here. For an up-to-date overview of IYL 2015 events please visit the IYL 2015 Event Programme.

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Celebrating Diwali – the Festival of Lights, in the International Year of Light

Out of 195 sovereign states of the world, 115 states are participating in the IYL 2015 celebrations, India being one of them. A variety of events are being organized during the year and illuminating important buildings or organizing festival of light is one of them. However, it is not commonly known to many that since the early ages, India celebrates every year a festival of light, called “Diwali” (or “Deepavali”), the largest and most important festival of the country. It is held sometime between mid-October and mid-November, when the monsoon season is over and the weather is pleasant. This year, Diwali was celebrated in most part of India on 11 November.

Diwali Clay Oil-Lamp. Credit: Saurabh Narang.

Diwali Clay Oil-Lamp. Credit: Saurabh Narang.

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IYL 2015 Events #50 | Week 14-20 December

Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 14-20 December. Click on the links for more information on the different activities.

Please note that some last-minute additions to the event programme may not appear here. For an up-to-date overview of IYL 2015 events please visit the IYL 2015 Event Programme.

Rainbow of Light Journey

“FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE I WILL REFLECT ON WHAT LIGHT IS.” Albert Einstein (Could the answer be in the rainbow?)

Rainbow of Light – The Journey

I had not heard this quote from Albert Einstein until some time into the International Year Of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), when someone who listened to Katerina Mina singing my song Rainbow Of Light on youtube, left the words in a message in support of the piece.

This immediately resonated with me and took my breath away as this was my very thought as I set off on my journey to try and discover more about light.

This was initially because of something I had experienced – watching a bright light emit from someones eyes at a poignant time, that myself, family, friends, physicians and scientists could not explain.

A few years later, I met Dr Brian May, (also known as the guitarist in the rock band Queen) when I wrote a song for his Woodland project in Bere Regis, Dorset, UK.  I was given the opportunity to visit the International Science and Arts Festival STARMUS in Tenerife, which the astrophysicist jointly organised.

I am not a scientist, but with speakers such as Professor Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, organiser and award winning astrophysicist Garik Israelian, Nobel prize winner Robert Wilson and many other eminent scientists, paleoanthropologists, astronauts and a 3D In Space talk from Dr May, it was a conference not to miss;  Especially as we were treated to live music concerts and some serious star gazing from the top of Mount Teide during the down time.

Credit: Linda Lamon.

Credit: Linda Lamon.

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Light, Science and Life – IYL 2015 Activities in Brazil

Activities on light in indigenous communities at the Amazon, a big fair on science and light in Brasilia, with about 100,000 visitors, mostly children and young people, interactive exhibitions in public places in Rio de Janeiro, mobile science activities in the slums of large cities, experiments on light and solar energy in small villages in Minas Gerais or in the inner cities of the Northeast, conferences and debates on light based technologies in universities and schools. Many such activities were held in Brazil, throughout the year, to celebrate the IYL 2015.

Desana indian (Raimundo) in the National Week of S & T. Credit: FAPEAM.

Desana indian (Raimundo) in the National Week of S & T. Credit: FAPEAM.

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