Light festivals, physics courses, lectures, astronomy, astrophysics, light art and street lighting brightened up 2015 as part of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. This year was proclaimed by the United Nations in order to raise global awareness about light-based technologies, with the aim of promoting sustainable development and providing solutions to global challenges related to energy, education, agriculture and health.
«SkyLight – a Global Science Opera» is the first science opera in history to be written collaboratively by a global community of children, teachers, scientists and artists as an ICT-based international creative education project within the Write a Science Opera (WASO) initiative and CREAT-IT. It was endorsed by the International Astronomical Union as an official project of the International Year of Light 2015.
Throughout 2015, hundreds of students from schools in up to 30 countries within the Galileo Teacher Training Programme, Global Hands on Universe, and a network of cultural institutions collaborated to create and simultaneously perform a Science Opera inspired by Cosmic Light together with the support of real-time technological collaboration, providing a platform for both creative science learning as well as cross-border friendship and cooperation. The visual scenery of SkyLight includes real-time interactive participation of a global audience (participating through the Opus Lux app developed by the Royal Danish Opera and the Malmø Opera). Award-winning space and nature photographer Babak Tafreshi furthermore provided images for the SkyLight performance and PR material. The libretto for the work was started by pupils in Portugal and then continued in Brazil. In early April it was sent to Lithuania. By the summer of 2015, the libretto will have made its way to several more countries, after which it will be composed, staged and performed.
The performance of «SkyLight» will take place in the 30 involved countries simultaneously on October 3rd, 2015 before coinciding with the final conference of the CREAT-IT project in Athens, Greece.