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Amsterdam Light Festival

The Illuminade, welcome! As of today, this beautiful walking route in the city center takes you past all sorts of amazing light artworks. And there’s plenty of time to enjoy this: up until January 5th!

Somehow I’ve completely missed the first edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, which started in December 2012: “…a light spectacle [..] that demonstrates the grandeur, charm, vitality and humanity of the city, with light and water as connecting elements”. Sounds pretty good. And by the looks of last year’s Festival, going this time around is–dare I say it?–a must!

There’s some pictures of this year’s edition available already–the one you see above is the Temporal Tower by Todd Van Hulzen–yet I feel it would be a right spoiler to show more than just this one example. Here’s a look at last year’s festival though:


Amsterdam Light Festival, 2012-2013 edition

Despite the beauty of it all, my ‘save the planet’-mind did frown a little upon this lighting-up-the-world-for-fun. However, it seems the organisers are totally aware of sustainability issues: on the Light Festival website they mention all light designs are “high-tech, interactive and SMART” (no idea why they write it in capitals, perhaps they were thinking of the management kind of SMART?).

This Saturday, December 14, there’s also an Amsterdam Light Shopping Night, until 10pm:

Here’s more on…
* how the festival got started
* the complete program–including the Water Colors boat route and Socialight (projects involving Amsterdam people of all ages and various districts)

And here you can…
* download a pdf of the Map & Route
* find the maps online.

Please scroll for all the facts…

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Amsterdam Light Festival
WHY
Amsterdam is beautiful as it is. Combined with these light designs… Even more impressive!
WHY NOW Today is the first day of the Illuminade walking route. Tickets: € 0 for the walk, € 17,50 for the cheapest boat trip
WHEN The Illuminade walking route: until January 5th; the Water Colors boat route: until January 19th
WHAT Amsterdam Light Festival 2013-2014
WHERE In the Amsterdam city center
WWW Facebook * YouTube * Twitter

Image © Todd van Hulzen Text © Amsterdam Culture/Sheila Schenkel
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Amsterdam Light Festival

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