Pose for the photographers as if you were a celebrity. Don’t be afraid of the bomb that seems to hit the boat at any moment. Admire the giant blue butterflies floating above the surface of the canal. Cruise past the car that slowly seems to sink into the water. Although these observations seem real at first, it turns out to be an illusion. Artists from all over the world have designed light artworks that seem so real after sunset that you have to take another look at them. In the months of December and January these works of art can be viewed in Amsterdam. This is when the Amsterdam Light Festival takes place.
Amsterdam Light Festival
The Amsterdam Light Festival has been taking place in Amsterdam for years. During your visit to the festival you will see Amsterdam literally and figuratively in a different light. Both international and Dutch artists have designed light artworks especially for this occasion that fall within the theme. These works of art are placed in various places in Amsterdam or incorporated in something.
All editions have a theme to which the artists have to adhere. In 2015, nature inspirations were shown, in 2017 there were works of art to convey the message of light and this year’s theme is ‘DISRUPT! This theme can be interpreted in different ways. Some artists see chaos in it and others see change. For example, the Big Bang, a blue-lit bomb, shown this year, is a good example of chaos. But the design of EON SLD, Korean illuminated advertisements from the 1950s, shows change.
All the artworks together form an exhibition that can be seen from the water. The exhibition has about 20 illuminated works of art and can be admired daily from 17.00 to 23.00 hours. To admire all the illuminated works of art, take a trip along the canals of Amsterdam and the Amstel river. Here you sail past the Scheepvaartmuseum and the Weesper- en Plantage neighbourhood. The Amsterdam Light Festival takes place from 28 November 2019 to 19 January 2020.
Amsterdam Light Festival: canal cruise with unlimited drinks
During this environmentally friendly trip you will sail in a covered boat along the beautiful works of art of the Amsterdam Light Festival. The guide can tell you all about the illuminated works of art. Take in the beautiful view while enjoying the unlimited beverage service. There’s also a slice of traditional Dutch Christmas bread waiting for you. The boat departs from the Sea Palace restaurant. The trip takes about 75 minutes. Be sure to put on warm clothes, as it can be quite chilly.
Amsterdam: Lovers cruise during Amsterdam Light Festival
With a large boat you will sail past the light sculptures, projections and installations of contemporary artists, specially designed for the Amsterdam Light Festival. During this canal cruise you’ll learn more about the background of these works of art through the audio guide while enjoying the beautiful view. The boat departs from a point close to the Leidseplein or Amsterdam Central Station. The trip takes about 90 minutes.
Amsterdam Light Festival: canal cruise with drinks
On cold days, a trip on this tour boat is a warm welcome. The heated boat will take you past all the artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Put a blanket around you and warm your hands on a cup of chocolate. In the meantime, the guide will tell you more about the festival, the illuminated objects and the artists. The boat departs from the mooring behind hotel Krasnapolsky on Dam Square. The trip takes about 80 minutes.