Amsterdam Light Festival is coming to town!
Dazzling Amsterdam light festival during the dark winter days
For centuries, light is one of the main sources of inspiration for artists. Besides the creation of the ‘divine light’ through the stained glass windows of medieval cathedrals, the dramatic chiaroscuro was the basis of the Renaissance art. Light provided us our own Master of Light, Rembrandt, in the Golden Age and from the 20th century on it has its own art movement (Dan Flavin, James Turrell and Olafur Elliasson I LOVE YOU!). On November 28, the same light settles for 51 days in our capital under the title Amsterdam Light Festival. Lucky me I’m one of the team members of the festival, so I already had a couple of sneak peeks this week…
Dropped into a winter depression like I did for many years? No worries, your winter blues will be set aside because the urban lights parade along the canals of Amsterdam is coming to rescue! The theme of this year’s (already 4th) edition is Friendship. You can choose between two routes, but I advise you to do both (of course)!
First, immerse yourself in the winter atmosphere during the Water Colors boat route (yes, you too citizens of Amsterdam… hop on that canal boat ;)). Second, stroll between December 10 and January 3 through the Plantage and Weesper neighborhood (Amsterdam East) to admire the latest light art innovations during the Illuminade walking route for free. Both outdoor exhibitions show works that have been made specially for Amsterdam Light Festival by national and international light art talents.
Next to this, the Amsterdam Light Festival offers a varied program of exhibitions, tours, symposiums, music and lectures on various locations throughout the city:
- View light artworks at metro stations Waterlooplein, Weesperplein and Wibautstraat by Etalagegalerie Inkijk. (2 Nov. – 10 Jan.)
- Buy architectural inspired products at the XS: Arcam Market (27 Nov – 23 April)
- See the beautiful Portugese Synagoge by Candle Light at 17, 21 and/ or 28 December!
- Go (like me) to the Dutch spoken (sorry non-Dutchies) public symposium Licht – Donker – Slaap on Dec. 11 and learn more about the effects light and darkness have on your sleep, health and thus life.
For more info and the complete festival agenda, routes and artworks go to the website of Amsterdam Light Festival.
P.s. And don’t forget to donate for my favorite project of the festival: FILOS commissioned by The Dutch Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF Geleidehonden). Filos (Greek for friend) is an interactive sculpture and consists out of different lamps. With every donation a light will pop on and at the same time you’ll support the training of guide dogs for blind people! Donate via www.lightnight.nl. Thank you ♥