This mesmerising installation brings the experience of the Northern Lights to cities the world over. Time slows down as eyes look up. An aurora, here and now, in our latitudes?

Throughout the ages, we have attributed countless legends to the celestial phenomenon. Today we can replicate it. Dan Acher’s BOREALIS is about our ancestral communion with nature and our more recent compulsion to control it. It’s about inspiring shared emotions in the center of a city by creating something magical – something that shouldn’t naturally be there. … more

Tour dates


Daylesford, Australia, July 15 – Sept 4
Coup de chauffe, Cognac, France, Sept 2-3
Lieux Publics, Marseille, France, Sept 8-10
MIT, Cambridge Science Festival, MA, USA, Oct 6-9
Bram Stoker Festival, Dublin, Ireland, Oct 28-31
Coffin Bay, Australia, Oct 28-30
Biennale des Imaginaires numériques, Aix-en-Provence, Nov 10-12
Nightfall Light Festival, Middlesbrough, UK, Dec 1-4

Creative Tomorrow, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, Feb 2023
(Come back regularly for updates)

Previously presented in

Paris l’été, France, July 2022
Nuits de Fourvière, Villeurbanne / Lyon, France, July 2022
Millénaire de Caen, France, May 2022
Suwon, Korea, March – April 2022
Gluttony, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia, Feb – March 2022
The Awakening, Hull, UK, March 2022
Lux Helsinki, Finland, January 2022
Geneva, Switzerland, Dec 2021 – Jan 2022
Winter Lights, Let’s do London, UK, December 2021
Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 2021
Bradford is LIT, Bradford, UK, November 2021
Mars, Mons, Belgium, October 2021
Zomer van Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium, August 2021
Greenwich & Docklands Int. Festival, London, UK, August 2021
Tombées de la nuit, Rennes, France, July 2021
Gluttony, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia, Feb – March 2021
Silbersalz Science & Media Festival, Halle, Germany, Octobre 2020
Bega! Festival, Timisoara, Romania, Octobre 2020
Paris l’Été, Paris, France, July 2020
GLOW Festival, Surfers Paradise, Australia, August 2019
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (OSR), Geneva, Switzerland, July 2019
Perth Winter Fest, Australia, June 2019
Sydney, Australia, May 2019
Tower Of London, UK, April 2019
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia, February 2018
Tokyo, Japan, November 2017
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, November 2016


Listen to the music accompanying The BOREALIS installation, composed by French musician Guillaume Desbois. @SoundsLikeNow

Portrait of Dan Archer, the artist behind the Borealis Northern lights show installation

Dan Acher

Artivist, Founder, Happy City Lab
Dan Acher is an international artivist based in Switzerland, an Ashoka Fellow and the founder of Happy City Lab. He uses cities as playgrounds to create a sense of belonging and community.

At the center of his work is art as generator of social change across local and global communities; his city-wide installations create spaces where strangers come together and connect beyond their differences.

Dan has travelled widely exploring various cultures. He’s regularly invited to lead workshops and give talks on his work, which has featured in The Guardian, Slate, Vice/Creators Project, Mashable, UN Today, Financial Times and Creative Review amongst other international media.

More on his vision in this TEDx talk.