THE 2016 and fourth edition of the Festival of Light and Motion Putrajaya (Lampu) on New Year’s Eve was as brilliant as all its previous editions.
Every year since 2013, the light festival has been one of Putrajaya’s main attractions and what better way to welcome 2017 than with a show of lights.
People were already converging on Putrajaya by 10pm to wait for the New Year countdown at Dataran Putrajaya.
Those who arrived at 11pm struggled to find a place to park their cars.
The massive crowd that gathered at Dataran Putrajaya was not a surprise, because the area was being filled with colourful and bright lights along with music to entertain the public.
The main highlight of the festival was the Projection Mapping displayed on the building of the Palace of Justice.
The countdown was projected on the building, followed by a display of digital fireworks as soon as the clock struck midnight.
To the surprise of the public, the colourful digital fireworks display was followed by real fireworks that lasted around five minutes.
There was also a display of the various kinds of light technology, such as a car and bike light show, a Glowing Street as well as the Lampu Skywave throughout the night.
Vendors around Dataran Putrajaya could also be seen selling lighted toys and bracelets for the amusement of the public while food trucks and stalls at the Foodzone provided much-needed sustenance for visitors.
While waiting for the New Year countdown, the public had the chance to watch a special screening of a shadow play called “Shadow of Change” held by Fusion Wayang Kulit.
The shadow play in the Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) Complex, near the Palace of Justice building, was a blend of contemporary elements and modern multimedia techniques with traditional art.
Putrajaya is currently aiming to be the first lighting hub in Malaysia, where people are able to appreciate the latest and different types of lighting technologies as well as learn about the various energy efficient lighting materials.
The light festival was held from Dec 30, 2016 to Jan 1.