Amsterdam Light Festival Opens
Last night saw the opening of the 3rd edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Forty pieces of art, setting the city in a completely new light, will brighten up the inner city of Amsterdam this winter. The magical artworks are designed and created by architects and artists from nine different countries, including: Brasil, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania and Chile. Representing the lighting world is sponsor Zumtobel, whose Chief Design & Marketing Officer, Rogier van der Heide is artistic director of Amsterdam Light Festival. As well as sponsoring the whole festival, Zumtobel is also helping to realize two major installations: INTREPID, The Paper Boat by Katja Galyuk/City+Light and Re(bi)cycle Dome by Vasili Popov.
“By partnering with the Amsterdam Light Festival, we are fostering our strong engagement with light and art,” says Stefan von Terzi, Marketing Director at Zumtobel. “We are looking forward to taking part in one of the largest light festivals in Europe, supporting artists and designers both with our lighting solutions and our experience.”
From the 27th of November the boat tour Water Colors opens with artworks by Jacques Rival, Angus Muir, Alaa Minawi and many more. Additionally from the 11th of December 15 artworks will light up the walking tour ‘Illuminade’ in the area Plantage in Amsterdam. These pieces of art are slightly more experimental by nature, mostly developed by young talent like Lisa van Noorden, Hagar Elazari, Julian van Buul en Vincent Vriens. All pieces of art are freely accessible.
One of the most beautiful light festivals of Europe
Recently The Guardian named Amsterdam Light Festival one of the most beautiful light festivals of Europe. Mostly because this is the only light festival where the observer can view the light objects by boat, bringing a completely new dimension to the experience. The jury, led by , have chosen a wide selection of art that speaks to experts and the bigger audience of art enthusiasts. Most pieces are specially made for the Amsterdam Light Festival and have never been exhibited before. The stories behind the artworks are worth knowing, important to be told and as relevant for the residents of Amsterdam as the visitors from all over the world. By doing this, Amsterdam Light Festival gives the city of Amsterdam, even in the dark winter months, a steady boost of culture and economic impulse.
Water Colors (boat tour): from Thursday the 27th of November 2014 until Sunday the 18th of January 2015
Illuminade (walking tour) from Thursday the 11th of December 2014 until Sunday the 4th of January 2015