The most spectacular St. Stephen’s Day celebration was held in Budapest last year, which was followed by more than 700,000 people in several parts of the capital city. A documentary was made about the celebration, in which the behind-the-scenes of Europe’s biggest fireworks, the light show, the beautiful locations of Budapest and the technical background of the grandiose project were all captured. The documentary is available on the YouTube channel of Visual Europe Group.
The celebration on the 20th of August hosted the biggest series of events last year, on St. Stephen’s Day Budapest welcomed the celebration at 15 spots: the Parliament, next to the Danube bank, Vigadó Square, Vörösmarty Square or the City Park. More than seven hundred thousand people were waiting for the biggest fireworks and light show of the year.
The special event has become one of the largest art collaborations of the year, with hundreds of professionals working on it for months, such as the country’s greatest projection mapping teams and independent light artists. The facade of the Parliament and the National Gallery were also painted by light on this day.
Visual Europe Production was responsible for the show’s projection mapping tasks, lighting, sound system, and video wall installation. The work was preceded by half a year of preparation. More than 100 of our employees worked at the event, and about 250 people took part in the construction and demolition processes. We installed 1,000 lights, 7 video walls and 2 LED trailers for the extraordinary experience.
It was a challenge to light the Parliament on the side of the Danube, but Visual Europe Production for the first time in Hungary, could successfully realize the task.
“The projection distance was 250-300 meters, so the projected image had to adjust to the detailed facade of the Parliament with accurate pixels. We used nearly 50 projectors for light painting, and the total brightness was nearly 1,700,000 lumens”, said Balázs Pácser, Leader of Visual Europe Production Large Events.
He added that the projected image had to be adjusted to the detailed facade of the Parliament with accurate pixels. 50 projectors were used for light painting, moreover 1,000 lamps and more than 800 speakers were used for the light show.
The event is presented in a documentary, which is can be watched on the YouTube channel of Visual Europe Group