Porlwi by Light

Space ship landing?

For three nights in early December, from 7:00pm to midnight, the main streets of Porlwi (Port Louis in creole) were traffic free and the city illuminated with colourful displays.

The streets and roads were jammed with people and it was difficult to move. The more patient and polite amongst being forcibly barged onwards by some of the chubbier locals!

Not easy to move to the beat … or Give Way!

Pedestrians could wander amongst street entertainers, market traders, shops and cafes whilst admiring buildings, trees, statues bathed in light and shaking to music.

Sax and tugs and rock n' roll
Sax and tugs and rock n’ roll

Even the yachts, catamarans and ships joined in; the cruise liner in the background just had all its white lights on.

Small boats, seemingly unmanned, circled noiselessly in the port
Small boats, seemingly unmanned, circled noiselessly in the port

Old buildings were given a new lease of life in technicolour as their foundations shook to a heavy, loud disco beat. (Does anyone say ‘disco’ anymore?)

 

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Going home by car was a challenge with most of the streets still closed until midnight.

Getting away was very slow (but lovely to sit in air conditioned comfort)
Getting away was very slow (but lovely to sit in air conditioned comfort)

A great way to showcase the city with a free exhibition with much to see and enjoy.

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