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Amsterdam's winter festival returns each year to illuminate the city's streets and waterways with bewitching light installations by international artists. Find out more about where, when and how to see this year's works!
This year's event runs from 30 November 2017 - 21 January 2018, giving you 53 nights during which to experience its many delights. And with more than 35 large scale installations dotted across Amsterdam city centre, there are certainly plenty of delights to discover. Last year's festival highlights included installations like illuminated stick men slam-dunking their way over a bridge and a corridor of magnificent chandeliers gracefully hovering over a canal, so you can be sure that every work at this year's festival will be as bewitching, jaw-dropping or heart-warming as the next.
The sculptures can be spotted all over Amsterdam city centre for the duration of the festival, illuminating and transforming its familiar monuments in magical and surprising new ways. It's possible to find your own way around, but in order to view the festival in its best possible light two recommended routes have been created - a boat route and a walking route.
The Water Colors route explores the festival in typical Amsterdam fashion - from the water. Amsterdam Light Festival has a host of great partners offering cruises, all of which are easy to recognise by their ‘official partner’ flag - including specialist canal cruise company Stromma. For the 2017/18 event, 900 submissions were submitted by designers, architects and artists from 45 different countries. These submissions were whittled down to 35 artworks which make up the festival’s installations, one of which is 'thinline' by world famous Chinese artists and activist Ai Weiwei.
For the first time this year, the Light Festival’s land exposition will take place at the Marineterrein Amsterdam, an amazing new location within walking distance of Central Station. From 14 December until 7 January, this historical venue will be lit up by spectacular art installations, and will host artist talks, performances and readings.