Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual light art festival in the city center of Amsterdam. Light art is a relatively young art form that experiences a great growth because of the LED revolution. Light is a versatile and highly visual ‘material’ that can be used both abstract and figurative. Both forms are reflected in the artworks of the festival.
Amsterdam Light Festival offers a stage to light artist from all over the world by presenting their work in the city for two months. The festival stimulates these artists to push their own boundaries. Through a worldwide distributed Call for Concepts they submit groundbreaking concepts. A jury selects the artworks that will become part of the festival. 1800 artists from 93 different countries were interested in participation in this edition. The Call for Concepts closed this March and the jury, led by Lennart Booij, selected 40 concepts. The festival produces these installations together with the artists.
The sixth edition of Amsterdam Light Festival takes place from 30 November 2017 until 21 January 2018. This year’s festival brings a fair share of surprises. Over 40 artworks and installations of artists, designers and architects from home and abroad will light up the city center of Amsterdam. Among the works will be a light object by Chinese artist and activist Ai WeiWei. Ai Weiwei’s light object can be admired on the water route of Amsterdam Light Festival, which holds “Existential” as its general theme. “With Existential we hope to encourage visitors in a positive way to think about what unites people and what role light plays in this,” explains curator Lennart Booij.
As every year, Amsterdam Light Festival takes place on both water and land. And also this year we have put a good spin on it. Water Colors remains the dynamic water route along the famous Amsterdam canals. And for the first time, artworks will be shown at Marineterrein Amsterdam, from 14 December 2017 until 7 January 2018. 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.