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 dazzling works of light art. Each year, hundreds of ideas are submitted by designers, architects and artists from around the world. A selection committee then chooses about 30 artworks 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 2020?

This year the festival is in its eighth edition and will run from  28 November 2019 until 19 January 2020. 


What is the theme this year?

The theme for the 2020 edition is 'DISRUPT!' Disruption can be associated with chaos but can also inspire change. The participating artists have interpreted the theme DISRUPT! in many different ways, from creating stand-alone installations to transforming existing architecture in ways that encourage visitors to take a closer look. 


Where is the Amsterdam Light Festival held?

In line with the DISRUPT! theme, this winter the festival is introducing a new route along the eastern part of the city centre, with stops along Oosterdok, Oudeschans, Amstel, Nieuwe Keizersgracht, Plantage Muidergracht and Entrepotdok.


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

Take in the glittering light sculptures along the canals in true Amsterdam fashion - from the water. Amsterdam Light Festival has a host of great partners offering cruises, which are easy to recognise by their ‘official partner’ flag. You can also walk or bike along the route. Whichever way you choose to explore the luminous installations, you are sure to see the city in a new light. 

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