TALLINN - Local artists and counterparts from France are joining forces in the Estonian capital Tallinn to help bring some light relief from the winter gloom that strikes the northernmost of the Baltic states every year.
The Light Festival, which starts Thursday evening and runs until January 28, features installations scattered across Tallinn`s medieval Old Town.
"We wish to explore the possibilities of making city space lighting more human and friendly," Indrek Leht, the chief Estonian organiser, told AFP.
"At the same time, we aim to help alleviate the depression that people are likely to develop because of the darkest time of the year here in Northern Europe."
Many in Estonia suffer from SAD syndrome -- seasonal affective disorder -- also nicknamed the "Winter Blues."
In late January, night falls around 4:15 pm (1415 GMT). Worse still, the sun doesn`t rise again before 8:50 am (0650 GMT).
Overcast days leave people simply craving for light.
"The Tallinn Light Festival is not only an artistic venture, it`s also aimed at boosting people`s morale," Leht said.
The festival, which is this year into its seventh edition, is a joint venture with an equivalent in the southeastern French city of Lyon.