Amsterdam Light Festival

light art festival which illuminates the city and the public

December 12, 2020 - January 3, 2021

A spectacular light art festival in the historical city centre of Amsterdam

9th edition


this year's theme:
When Nature Calls

Every winter Amsterdam Light Festival transforms Amsterdam's city centre into an open-air light museum. Tailor-made art pieces and installations by contemporary (international) artists, designers, and architects light up the city.

The 30 light artworks can be admired by foot, bike or boat. You can do this on your own initiative or by booking a boat tour.

A selection is made from hundreds of submitted concepts. Together with the artists, designers and architects, the festival works to realize the concepts into light artworks, which are presented from the end of November.

The role of light in conveying a message and the city of Amsterdam as a medium for telling stories are central to this edition.

Due to the regulations concerning COVID-19, the well known boat experience of Amsterdam Light Festival will be skipped this year.
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Date & time

Dec 12, 2020 - Jan 3, 2021
at night, when it gets dark

light artworks from earlier editions

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'Moonburn' by Stichting Barstow (NL)

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'Pas encore mon histoire' by Vincent Olinet (FR)

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'Welcome to my Home(town)' by Lighting Design Academy (NL)

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'Reflections' by Teresa Mar (AT)

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'1.26 Amsterdam' by Janet Echelman (US)

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'15000 and more' by Studio Klus (NL)

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Surface Tension by Tom Biddulph & Barbara Ryan (UK)

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'Bridge of the Rainbow' by Gilbert Moity (FR)

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'Nest' by Vikas Patil & Santosh Gujar (IN)

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'Alley of Light' by Serge Schoemaker & Luuk van Laake (NL)

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'WISP' by Pitaya (FR)

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'Whole Hole' by Paul Vendel & Sandra de Wolf (NL)

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'Bunch of Tulips' by Koros Design (HU)

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'Hourglass' by Wilhelmusvlug (NL)

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'Effervescence' by Géraud Périole (FR)