From September 23 to October 2, Monza hosts the Kernel Festival, an event dedicated to light installations and video mapping.
Internationally renowned light artists will illuminate the Italian city with light shows and immersive open-air digital works. These include artists such as Onda, Delumen, Onionlab, and Maxin10sity. The events are all free.
The program of the Kernel Festival includes several events, which will take place in some of the most beautiful and iconic locations in Monza.
These include an audiovisual 3D mapping show of the Royal Palace of Monza, installations created by students of the Nanni Valentini Art School, the Bosco Magico (Magic Forest) at the Boschetti Reali Gardens, a Sound Safari through the historic city center, and finally the Kids Cube, an installation with the contributions of more than a thousand children from the kindergartens and elementary school of Monza and nearby Seregno.
The itinerary combines art and culture with the emotional power of light, enhancing Monza’s historical-artistic jewels in the eyes of the citizens and the tens of thousands of tourists who visit them.
Kernel Festival, now in its 11th edition, is promoted and organized by AreaOdeon, with the contribution of the City of Monza and the collaboration of the Consorzio Villa Reale e Parco di Monza.
AreaOdeon is a cultural association that promotes art as a way to engage citizens and enhance the city of Monza.
The Kernel Festival itinerary
The itinerary starts at the Royal Palace of Monza. Every evening at 8:30 p.m., the Palace hosts a review of short audiovisual 3D mapping 270° films. The shows take place on the central part and the two side facades of the building, for a total of 5 thousand square meters of video projections.
The second stage of the Kernel Festival takes place at the Nanni Valentini Art School, where every evening, from 8 p.m. until midnight, the students present their illumination projects. The students worked under the supervision of teachers and a tutor from AreaOdeon with the contribution of the Comunità di Monza e Brianza Onlus Foundation.
At the Boschetti Reali, on the other hand, a dynamic lighting project transforms the gardens into an evocative setting, where the path created by lights and colors, accompanied by the innovative Sound Safari platform, activated by a QRcode, fascinates the public.
The light tour through the streets of Monza then ends at the Arengario Palace, with the Kids Cube, a large LED “magic box” (4x4x3 meters in height), which displays the self-portraits created and colored by the children of the city’s kindergartens and elementary schools. The Kids Cube is an illustrated “roundabout” focused on diversity and inclusion, where drawings intertwine and mix, constantly creating new combinations.