Luna Fête Comes to New Orleans
From November 30 to December 6, 2014, the Arts Council of New Orleans organized for the first time in Louisiana the artistic video-mapping projection show, Luna Fête (Light Up Nola Arts). For six consecutive nights, the old New Orleans mayor’s office, Gallier Hall, was transformed into a magnificent monumental video projection.
Presented twice each night, this video-mapping presentation was created and produced by La Maison Production, a French organization from Toulouse. La Maision Production’s video-mapping endeavor is the first step in a five-year long collaboration and visionary initiative with the Arts Council. Given the success of Luna Fête, the Arts Council proposes a series of artistic illuminations to come around the entire city in anticipation of the 300th Anniversity of the City of New Orleans in 2018.
Word of mouth and social media were instrumental in building interest in the event, with the onlooking crowd in Jackson Square growing larger and more enthusiastic each night to discover, in an eight minute-long projection, the New Orleans themed story that unfolded.
Running simultaneously with Luna Fête were La Maison Production’s presentation at the Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) in Lyon, France. For the Festival, they presented a video-mapping projection with the theme of "Le Petit Prince" (The Little Prince), in honor of the 70th anniversary of the disappearance of the classic children’s book author, Antoine de St Exupéry.