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stunning exhibition-quality photographs of the world's landmarks against
the backdrop of stars, planets, and celestial events. It presents the
symbols of different regions and cultures under the starry sky,
attesting the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet. Some of the
world's best landscape astrophotographers are associated with TWAN to
provide artwork footage from around the world, from the Milky Way over
Atacama Desert to celestial delights above ancient Greece landmarks.
Besides the photographs, spectacular time-lapse videos of celestial
motions are available from selected locations. They are exceptional
material for large screen presentations.
BEAUTY AND EDUCATION
Besides the universality and charming beauty of TWAN photographs and
videos, there are other preferences behind the project:
Popularizing Astronomy: The night sky photos with landscape in
foreground show strong connection between the viewers and the sky. This
is something people can experience out in nature without the aid of
Educating on Astronomy: There is science and education behind the
strong visual impression made by all TWAN images, such as the night sky,
celestial events, cosmic motions, astrophotography, and the joy of
Dark Sky Importance: TWAN photographs generate public awareness
on why we need to preserve dark skies of our planet.
Astronomy and Culture: TWAN presents the Earth as a single planet
embraced by one sky. This connects various cultures of the world through
the night sky.
EXHIBITION, EDUCATION, AND ENTERTAINMENT IN ONE PACKAGE
The World at Night offers a package of programs:
• The World at Night exhibition of photos and sky motion videos.
• Night sky photography workshops: The event will be held for general
and skilled photographers. Based on the potential of participants the
program could either be a one-day local event or a 2 to 4 days event at
a national or international level. A report of an example of such a TWAN
event is available
• Lectures on various TWAN-related topics, such as such as Wonders of
Night Sky, the joy of Astronomy and stargazing, Astronomers
Without Borders, universality and purpose behind TWAN, night sky and
astrophotography, importance of dark skies and light pollution (in
collaboration with Dark Sky Awareness project), astronomy across
cultures (based on TWAN images), astronomy destinations (places to visit
around the globe based on TWAN material).
• Large screen presentations (images and time-lapse videos of TWAN): A
general show will be presented by a TWAN member at the event. TWAN also
offers a special large screen show for major events, which includes a
breathtaking multimedia show (duration: about one hour) by a specialized
TWAN-Europe team. The cost of the program would be calculated based on
For many of TWAN’s major events attendance of our representatives is
essential for organizational matters and presentations. TWAN can invite
any member to the event depending on the date, location, and travel
TWAN offers several classes of exhibitions. Cost estimates depend on the
location, that is, the country and the scale of the event. As TWAN is a
non-profit program, all funds are used as direct exhibition cost and can
be completely managed by the host venue.
Following are some photo print sizes for exhibitions. Please note that
these are standard suggestions only; the sizes will vary and can be
modified according to the location and possibilities.
Cluster Plan: 100-print exhibition;
digital screen exhibition (5-10 large screens of 40 inches or bigger,
located in a dark hall to demonstrate TWAN time-lapse videos with
ambient music); public presentations on night sky, IYA, TWAN, AWB and
global astronomy, dark sky awareness, and astronomy and world heritages;
and a side event: a day-long night-sky astrophotography workshop.
Solar Plan: 100-print exhibition;
digital screen exhibition (2-3 large screens of 40 inches or
bigger); and several presentations.
Lunar Plan: 50-print exhibition;
one large screen for TWAN time-lapse videos.
Minor Plan: 30-print exhibition.
Custom Plan: The local organizer customizes size and number of
prints and selects the side events.
Generally the exhibition cost includes:
• Prints - (For small and medium exhibitions TWAN may provide the prints
at no cost. Only the shipping or travel cost of the TWAN representative
will be considered.)
• License fee - For long
term and permanent exhibits a basic license fee for the photos is
considered that supports the dedicated work of the photographers.
• Frames or mountings
• Travel cost and accommodation for TWAN representative/lecturer(s), if
Based on the negotiation or the standard photo license fee, the local
organizer of a TWAN exhibition may keep all the exhibition mounted
prints for permanent installation or for a nationwide traveling
exhibition in galleries, public places, schools, and educational
If you are interested in organizing a TWAN event in your region or have
suggestions for venues that may be appropriate and supportive for a TWAN
exhibition, large screen presentation, and educational workshop, please