Kitchener-Waterloo

Kid Koala, crowd-sourced DJ set part of new Waterloo art festival

Lumen is a new light art festival coming to Waterloo this fall. It will feature a number of installations including the chance to make music with Canadian DJ Kid Koala.

Lumen, festival of art and light, takes over Waterloo Sept. 29

A new festival in Waterloo called Lumen will combine light with art and technology. It runs Sept. 29. (David Horemans/CBC)

A chance for novices to spin records alongside Vancouver DJ Kid Koala in a Satellite Turntable Orchestra.

Sculptures of heritage homes in Waterloo where the light pulsates like a heartbeat.

A Ruben's Tube that illustrates sound waves through fire.

Short films projected onto the walls of uptown.

Those are just a few of the plans for Lumen, a new festival in Waterloo that has its inaugural run this September.

Lumen combines light, art and technology "in a whole bunch of different ways that means different things to different artists," said Sonya Poweska, a culture program specialist with the City of Waterloo.

There will be at least 25 different installations throughout uptown Waterloo separated into five different zones.

Eric San, who goes by the stage name Kid Koala, will make up zone five. He has made small DJ booths to allow up to 60 people to DJ with him in an installation called Satellite Turntable Orchestra.

Poweska said the performance will be "different every single time."

"People who participate see a light, and with that, they change the … record and really get to make the music with him," she said. "It's probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

The festival is free, and Poweska said there has been a lot of support from the community in terms of sponsorship and hosting of events.

"We really worked to make this festival open and accessible and participatory for people in the area — really a way to capture the excitement Waterloo has to offer," she said.

The festival will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 29. More details about the artists can be found on the city's website.