PORLWI By Light - One of its kind cultural event

This December 4-6 as from the 19:00 MUT to 00:00, is being held the first of its kind festival; “PORLWI By Light”. This event is being organised in support of an initiative taken by the UNESCO declaring this year 2015 as the “International Year of Light”.

Official “International Year of Light” logo.


This initiative’s aim, according to the official website is to:

[raise] global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health…

PORLWI By Light is said to be of support to the above statement but suddenly PORLWI By Light appears more of a cultural event to me, putting more emphasis on the Mauritian society culture and customs.

It was amazing to see Port-Louis so lively when usually the capital of Mauritius at these hours is nothing more than a ghost town.


The roads was no more seen with buses and cars but only people and merchants. Sounds from everywhere, people buying, watching and talking from here and there.

The first place of interest to visit when beginning from Victoria station is the well known Place D’Armes, which has been changed into a mystical place. From there till the Government House, laser lights amazed everyone and left us in aw.

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We were more astonished and our mouths in agape when we watched the changing laser lights altering the face of the Government House building.
Here it’s laser-light-painted in red.


Then we wandered further at “la rue Royal” and we discovered what was named on the map as “Street Food”.

From Royal road, we wandered to Bourbon Street till we reached “Le Théatre de Port-Louis” where we enjoyed a beautiful show of “Street Light”.


We continued then towards the National History Museum and then toward “Le Jardin de la Companie” transformed into a place taken out of a fairy tale.

The Natural History Museum

“Le Jardin de la Companie”

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So here ends my adventure/feature tour of the PORLWI By Light festival. Today’s the last day so if you have some free time or want to spend some time with your family, PORLWI should be on top of your place-of-interest list.



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Cédric Poottaren

Cédric Poottaren

Port Louis, Mauritius