Amsterdam Light Festival lets friendship shine

Amsterdam Light Festival lets friendship shine

Nov 10, 2015 |  by  |  Art, Event
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We are big fans of the Amsterdam Light Festival, which brightened up the city a little both last year and the winter before that. In a few weeks, the city center will once again be the stage for light sculptures and projections by Dutch as well as international artists. For 55 dark winter days the festival brings light in the darkest time of the year and enlightens the public with colorful artworks. Have a look at last year’s edition:

With the theme friendship, the festival emphasizes the importance of friendship for everyone around the world. The boat tour shows visitors colorful, present-day light artworks and meanders through the historic downtown of Amsterdam. The friendships are sometimes short and intense and sometimes long lasting and dormant. In addition to the boat tour (Water Colors) there’s a walking tour (Illuminade) where interaction with the artworks plays an important role.


A selected artwork for the Illuminade is Strangers in the Light by Victor Engbers. Two six meter tall traffic light figures stand opposite each other. Waiting until they can cross the street and finally shake hands. An implicit invitation for visitors to do the same and perhaps start a new friendship.

On Saturday November 28 Princess Beatrix will open the festival.

Amsterdam Light Festival

When: Water Colors – November 28 to January 17 | Illuminade – December 10 to January 3
Where: The city center
More info: Website & Facebook page

Photography by Janus van den Eijnden.

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