Amsterdam Light Festival celebrates anniversary with highlights from previous editions

Butterfly Effect by Masamichi Shimada

From 2 December 2021 to 23 January 2022, the tenth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival takes place. Sailing on or walking along the Amsterdam canals, you can enjoy more than twenty top works in Amsterdam’s canals: public favourites and the most special, inspiring and popular light art of the past nine editions.

Amsterdam Light Festival has been organized in the past decade with 270 works of art, nine exhibitions and over six million visitors and has become one of the leading light art festivals in the world. For ten years, the festival has been lighting the dark winter months. Its light art, against the photogenic backdrop of Amsterdam, connects and enriches residents and visitors through its accessible art form.

Celebrate Light
The overarching theme this winter is Celebrate Light, a reference to the anniversary of the festival. Audience favourites and the most special, inspiring and popular works from the past nine editions return to the city. In the eastern part of the centre, more than twenty works will be placed, many of them made especially for the festival, which subsequently became part of our own collection. In recent years, these works have been showcased around the world, from London and Athens to Baltimore and Riyadh.

In addition to these highlights, young and upcoming talent has been working in special education programs for the seventh year in a row. Students of the Breitner Academy have created a new light artwork under the supervision of curators and technicians from the festival. In addition, 850 primary school pupils in Amsterdam have attended workshops and participated in an art installation about child poverty. Both works are part of the route.

Boating and walking
You can follow the route along the artworks by boat and on foot. Tickets can be ordered via the festival website. Due to the current corona measures, the lights will be switched on between 7 AM and 5 PM only. Boat tours are available between 3 and 5 PM. These times may change after 19 December, so check the website for the latest news.

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