“There is a crack in everything.

That’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen


The Amsterdam Light Festival transforms the city-scape, bridges, boats and cobbled roads into fascinating art every chilly winter to light the lives and spirits of tourists and residents, alike. Since 2012, Amsterdam Light Festival offers various international light designers, artists, and architects the possibility to exhibit their artworks. Every year, more than 30 artworks are placed in the public space of Amsterdam. In the past four years the festival has grown into a yearly cultural spectacle visited by hundreds of thousands visitors. The festival is separated in the Water Colors, boat route, and the Illuminade, walking route.

One of the distinctive features of the Amsterdam Light Festival is the fact that all exhibited artworks are one of a kind and created specifically for this festival. Most of these artworks aren’t site specific and thus we are able to give it a new environment. You’ll notice some artworks are specially made for the water, whilst other artworks are land based. However, most artworks are suitable for both environments.

Pictures Credit : Janus van der Eijnden

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