Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam is set aglow during the Amsterdam Light Festival, when artists from around the world are given the chance to create elaborate light displays along the city's iconic canals. 

What is the Amsterdam Light Festival?

During the winter months, the annual Amsterdam Light Festival (ALF) illuminates the city with brilliant works of light art. Each year, hundreds of ideas are submitted by designers, architects and artists from around the world. A selection committee usually chooses about 30 artworks (just nine in 2020) that make up the festival’s installations. Past years have featured the work of prominent artists such as Ai Weiwei and Nicole Banowetz.


When is the Amsterdam Light Festival?

The Amsterdam Light Festival occurs during winter, usually late November until mid-January, when the long nights set an ideal backdrop for lit-up art. The 2020/2021 dates are 10 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. 


Where is the Amsterdam Light Festival held?

The route varies year by year, but so far the festival has always been held within the canal ring, with dazzling displays popping up along the canals in the inner city and around the Amstel river. 


What is the best way to see the Amsterdam Light Festival?

Usually the best way to take in the glittering light sculptures along the canals in true Amsterdam fashion is from the water. However, this year Amsterdam Light Festival has introduced Light Walk, an interactive walking tour that provides videos, photos and audio messages via WhatsApp from theatrical producer and creative director Lucas De Man. Packed with information and humour, learn about light art, the city and nature as you wander the city's beautiful east.

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