About Lumière Arts Festival

Lumière is a free, accessible, contemporary arts festival taking place in Unama’ki-Cape Breton from September 28, 2024. The festival will showcase public installations and presentations of art, films and video, as well as educational programming. Join us for this unique celebration of art, culture and community spirit!

Lumière is organized by the Lumière Arts Festival Association, a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of volunteers and community partners.

  • 2 Weeks

    13 Events

  • 80


  • 88%

    Local Artists

  • 44 installations

    over one kilometre

  • 6 participating

    community groups

  • 15000+


A Warm Welcome from our Board

The Lumière Board of Directors would like to welcome you to the 13th year of Unama’ki’s Lumière Arts Festival, where contemporary art is showcased in unconventional spaces. This September the community will come alive with exciting opportunities to engage in the local arts community through attending artist talks, community workshops, a short film night, musical performances, and of course, the beloved art-at-night event on September 28. Over the years, it has been incredible to see the support of the community for what has grown into an anticipated cultural event on Cape Breton Island where local and national artists can share their work with an eager crowd. We are excited to bring you the 2024 iteration of the Lumière Arts Festival and even more excited to see what this year’s lineup of artists and community groups will create.

Each year we are proud to showcase the work of over 80 artists in this year’s festival from installations you’ll see at the art-at-night event, to the designers, artists, and technical crew working behind the scenes to bring the community a festival experience that all can enjoy.

The Lumière Arts Festival would like to acknowledge that our festival takes place in Unamak’i, the unceded and ancestral land of the L’nu. This land is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik people first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact, recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.

Board of Directors

  • Alana Wilson
  • Mary Jeannine Best
  • Joel Inglis
  • Jacob Noonan
  • Alyssa Leahy
  • Melissa Kearney
  • Kalolin Sylvester

Volunteer with Us

Lumière volunteers are community-minded, energetic and arts-oriented. Whether you’re organized, outgoing or prefer to communicate through your phone, we’ve got a job for you!

Application for volunteers opening soon.


Art festivals are community building. The potential that people have to do extraordinary things, and witnessing extraordinary things, can really set ones mind and heart on fire. Art is healing. Art is work. Whatever it is—keep going.

Melissa Kearney

I love what they stand for, I have great admiration for the work they do to amplify voices. To form connections and have conversations through artwork is profound. I’m very thankful spaces like this have been created.

Chanelle Julian

I have come home to make work about home and I can’t imagine a better place to share that work than this excellent community-based festival.

Daniel MacIvor

Contact Us


Lumière Arts Festival Association
P.O. Box 356, Sydney NS
B1P 6H2

Land Acknowledgement

With construction still underway in Downtown Sydney, the festival will be hosted at Eltuek Arts Centre for this year. In line with Eltuek Arts Centre's land acknowledgment, we recognize that this festival occurs on the traditional and unceded ancestral territories of the Mi'kma'ki people.

Eymu'ti'k Unama'ki, newte'jk l'uiknek te'sikl Mi'kmawe'l maqamikal mna'q iknmuetumitl. Ula maqamikew wiaqwikasik Wantaqo'tie'l aqq I'lamatultimkewe'l Ankukamkewe'l Mi'kmaq aqq Eleke'wuti kisa'matultisnik 1726ek.

Eltuek Arts Centre is in Unama'ki, one of the seven traditional and unceded ancestral districts of the people of Mi'kma'ki. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which the Mi'kmaq first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

Ketu'-keknuite'tmek aqq kepmite'tmek ula tela'maiultimkip wjit maqamikew ta'n etekl mtmo'taqney. Ula tett, ula maqamikek, etl-lukutiek l'tunen aqq apoqntmnen apoqnmasimk aqq weliknamk Unama'ki.

We wish to recognize and honour this understanding of the lands on which we reside. It is from here, on these lands, that we work to create and support a culture of self-reliance and vibrancy on Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).