Amsterdam Light Festival 2017/2018: Celebrate the Light!

Amsterdam Light Festival is a winter outdoor festival of modern art, light and water. Dozens of historical buildings in the center of Amsterdam will be glittering with colour in the dark, letting the visitors feel the Christmas spirit.

This year the center of Amsterdam will be illimunated with the light artworks for the 6th edition of Amsterdam Light Festival, for more than 50 days, from 30 November 2017 to 21 January 2018. The theme of the Amsterdam Light Festival 2017 – 2018 is Existential. Book tickets online >>

Amsterdam Light Festival 2017 - 15000 and more - Studio klus - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden
“15000 and more” artwork by Studio Klus. Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

The artworks are located alongside two different exhibition routes: Water Colors, the boat route and Illuminade, the walking route. Each route has an own theme and exposition of artworks.

What: A spectacular outdoor exhibition of light art in the shape of sculptures, projections and installations created by international modern artists.

When: from 30 November 2017 to 21 January 2018. Order Water Colors cruises tickets online with an early bird 3 EUR discount >> The discount is valid till 30 November 2017.

Where: along Amstel river, around the canal belt of Amsterdam, in Weesper and Plantage neighbourhoods.

Official website in English: https://www.amsterdamlightfestival.com/en/

Amsterdam Light Festival 2016 - Blueprint - Reier Pos - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

“Blueprint” artwork by Reier Pos on the National Maritime Museum facade. Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

What to do:

  • Take a boat Water Colors tour and enjoy a unique view of Amsterdam from the perspective of its famous waterways. Several canal tour companies will offer Water Colors Cruises, displaying the artwork along, in and above the Amstel and operating daily from 30 November 2017 to 21 January 2018 from 17.00 to 23.00 (last departure at 21.40). We recommend you to order tickets to Water Colors Cruise online.
  • Follow Illuminade, the Amsterdam Light Festival walking route. The walking route Illuminade will take you past 20 light artworks in the beautiful neighbourhoods of Amsterdam.  The Illuminade, the walking route of Amsterdam Light Festival, is free of charge. To plan your walking routes check the map of artworks locations >>
Enjoy the light! And see you in Amsterdam this winter!



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