LICHTWOCHE München was founded as an initiative in the UNESCO Year of Light 2015. In addition to workshops, lectures, guided tours through buildings and light art, the event also includes the "LUXI" lighting competition with the " Newcomer Award" for universities, start-ups and an innovation award. There are numerous showrooms, studios of lighting designers, theatres and cinemas, lighting activists and artists, planning offices, universities, research institutes, companies and public authorities in Munich and the surrounding area that work with the medium of light. LICHTWOCHE München offers these players an attractive platform. The organisers are not just interested in experiencing light, but rather in informing and sensitising the specialist public, as well as the general public, about the numerous facets and possibilities of the medium of light.