In the Community: LUMA returns on Sept. 1

In 2015, a group of artists, engineers, and tech-minded folks put together something entirely new in the Binghamton area called the LUMA Projection Arts Festival. The idea was to try something only seen in much larger cities. The hope was to draw a crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 people — then 25,000 people showed up. LUMA Year One was a success!

However, that was only the beginning. Last year for the follow-up show, LUMA teamed up with the Binghamton Philharmonic and presented a show accompanied by a live 48-piece orchestra. Once again, the streets of downtown Binghamton filled with spectators who came out to experience something unlike anything before as downtown Binghamton transformed into a canvas for national artists projecting building-sized animation, video, sound and light.

Now in its third year LUMA, is back to present a show bigger, brighter and with a few new surprises. 

Assistant Director for Technology Services Fermin Romero is a Technical Director on the project again this year and had a few things to say about the buzz this festival has generated.

“In the past few months several people have stopped me on campus to ask ‘Is that LUMA thing happening again this year?’ I simply love the idea that people are excited for this event,” he said. “When we first started, I just liked the tech geekiness of the whole thing, and now we have evolved into our technical team pushing the absolute limits of what we are capable of doing. I am excited for what we have in store!

“People had previously told me they thought the crowd was a little too big for State Street. So, this year LUMA has moved to a much larger area downtown with all new shows on some of Binghamton’s most historic buildings, including the Carnegie Library (home of SUNY Broome’s future Culinary Arts Center). I said this last year, but I’ll say it again, the surprises we have in store this year I just know will take this event to the next level.”

Throughout the evening, starting at sundown, animations will be projected at regular intervals on six buildings in Downtown Binghamton. Festival-goers can move from building to building at their own pace to enjoy everything that our artists have dreamed up. Join us around 9 p.m. Friday, September 1, to experience the third annual LUMA Festival. For more information, please visit

If you are interested in participating or donating, please visit the kickstarter page