What many people may not know, is that the light art installations of Amsterdam Light Festival are exclusively made for the festival. From an artwork in the masts of the VOC ship ‘de Amsterdam’ to the works that are harnessed above the Herengracht – they were all created with a specific location in mind.   

Amsterdam Light Festival strives to create innovative and unique works of art, which is why the festival works together with a host of talented artists, architects and designers. They submitted their trailblazing ideas on account of a worldwide Call for Concepts, after which a carefully curated jury made a selection of the best ideas. These concepts were then realized by Amsterdam Light Festival. 

No less than 1800 artists were interested in last year’s Call for Concepts. This resulted in 900 submissions by designers, architects and artists, from 45 different countries all over the world. 35 artworks were realized, one of which is ‘thinline’ by world famous Chinese artists and activist Ai Weiwei.


Visit the water exhibition by booking a Water Colors cruise or admire our new land exhibition at the Marineterrein Amsterdam.


Amsterdam Light Festival 2017-2018 Photo Walk

The Haarlem Photo Club organizes a photo walk at the festival on Sunday, December 17, 2017,  5:15 PM to 7:00 PM. 

This event will be hosted by HPC members Andre de Jong & Angela Pondaag. Andre has planned a route where there will be plenty of opportunities to practice your night photography skills and enjoying some the the Amsterdam Light Festival artworks. The walk will be around 3 hours.