QUITO – Multitudes of people crowded the colonial quarter of the Ecuadorian capital Wednesday night, enchanted by colorful, static and moving images arising from the main churches, at the “Feast of Light” festival.
During this celebration a “magical route” crosses several of Quito’s most emblematic churches, all embellished with colors projected from laser lights that drew paintings and moving images, based on Ecuador’s rich cultural and natural diversity.
The festival of lights is organized jointly by the Municipality of Quito, Alliance Françoise and Lyon City Hall (France), and will continue until Sunday.
Over these four days, nine colonial-style heritage buildings in Quito will be covered with multicolored images projected through slideshows and laser light sources arranged by artists from France.
Another attraction of the festival is a mural filled with vivid colors on one of the walls at the Church of the Society of Jesus, and also at the Church of Santo Domingo.
The mayor of the city, Mauricio Rodas, led the opening ceremony of the second edition of the festival amid the music played by the municipal band and the colorful fireworks that preceded the lighting of the churches.
The number of visitors who crossed the so-called “magic route” last year was 1.5 million, and the city expects that the figure will increase this year, as already seen on the opening day.
Some 3,000 policemen have been deployed in Quito’s colonial quarter to maintain order during the four days of the festival which the government hopes will become one of the country’s attractions for international tourists.