Amsterdam Light Festival

The city of Amsterdam lights up for another edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival!

What is the Amsterdam Light Festival?

The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual festival, about 40 art works by artist from all over the globe will illuminate the canals of Amsterdam. You can enjoy the light art by land or water, or you can do both. Artists, architects and designers light up the city with their light art, which are specially designed for the Amsterdam Light Festival. 500 submissions from 43 different countries were taken into consideration. The festival stimulates the development of artists and is a collaboration between the cultural sector and different businesses.

Water Colors Cruise – Canal Cruise

The Water Colors Cruise is the canal cruise of the Amsterdam Light Fetival. The canals of Amsterdam are illuminated by the different light art, which creates a relaxing and romantic scenery of the city. Let us take you on a Cruise along the Water Colors Route of the 6th annual Amsterdam Light Festival. This year’s edition has the theme “Existential”: “we want to stimulate our visitors to think about what unifies people – and what role light plays in these processes”.The cruise takes you past all the art works and the live guide of Blue Boat Company will tell you all about the works, their meaning and the artist who made them. Not all shipping companies are affiliated with Amsterdam Light Festival. On our website we offer the Water Colors Cruise organised by Blue Boat Company an official partner of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Blue Boat guarantees seats on the booked time and has a live guide on every departure. Blue Boat Company also offers you the opportunity to experience the Water Colors Cruise by Open Boat.

Illuminade – Walking Tour

This outdoor exhibition area is on walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station. People can explore the exhibition on their own; there is no fixed walking route and the Illuminade Walking Tour is free of charge and daily accessible from 17:00 to 22:00. This year the exhibition will take place in the Marineterrein Amsterdam, near the Central Station of Amsterdam.

Ai Weiwei

Artist Ai Weiwei has made light art which connects all the art works of the Amsterdam Light Festival, which is called ‘thinline’. With his art work he wants to make people aware of any kind of border. Ai Weiwei is one of the most prolific and versatile artists at the moment. He works as a painter, photographer and architect and is known as an activist and blogger. After a four-year travelling ban issued by the Chinese government, the Chinese artist is back in Europe (source: HelloAmsterdam).

When does the Amsterdam Light Festival take place?

  • Water Colors Cruise: 30 November 2017 – 21 January 2018 (lit daily from 17:00 until 23:00).
  • Illuminade: the exhibition on Marineterrein Amsterdam can be visited from 14 December 2017 until 7 January 2018 (lit daily from 17:00 until 22:00), the art works in the city will be lit until 23:00.

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