One of Europe’s largest light festivals
The Amsterdam Light Festival has quickly developed into one of Europe’s leading festivals of light art. Every year artists design a new piece of artwork specifically with this festival in mind. After premiering in Amsterdam, many of these pieces are then part of a permanent collection that travels to other festivals around the world.
Aims of the festival
The festival aims to bring visitors together with international artists during the dark winter months. Its aim is to involve and inspire its visitors through the enlightenment of its artists.
The preparation work for each festival is an ongoing feat that continues throughout the year. When one festival begins the next is already well into its planning stages. The preparation begins with a call worldwide to artists to contribute to an annually changing theme. After a jury has considered all the applications they are whittled down to a manageable number with the chosen artwork being developed over a period of around 8 months prior to the festival opening.
Light Art Collection
After each festival has ended the artwork is included into an internationally exhibited collection so that artists can get recognition for their work. Throughout the year the Light Art Collection which currently stands at over 200 exhibits is exhibited in what has become the world’s largest collection of Light Art.
Education and artists of the future
The festival organisers are actively engaged in teaching the next generation about light art. Working together with local education programmes the festival hopes to create enthusiasm through workshops and lectures. Through projects such as this, students are able to create a work of art that could be included in future festivals.
What does it cost?
The light festival is essentially a free event depending upon how you choose to experience it. You can download a free guide and walk or cycle a given route in a couple of hours or an evening. There are also organised tours for both walking and cycling complete with a guide. Boat tours come in all shapes and sizes and budgets.