Edition 12

Upcoming edition, more than twenty light artworks will illuminate the iconic canals of Amsterdam. From 30.11.2023 until 21.01.2024 the artworks can be admired from water or land.


For Amsterdam Light Festival 2023-2024 we have asked artists to consider the effects of technology and artificial intelligence (AI) on our everyday lives. The ways in which we communicate, engage and create are all impacted by technology and AI. What is the impact on the human condition? How does society change because of this digital evolution? And where are the boundaries? The different perspectives will be highlighted during Edition 12, with the theme: LOADING… Revealing Art, AI and Tech.

The route consists of more than twenty light artworks by the hand of international artists. From renowned names to surprising newcomers and everything in between. A very diverse selection. We dive deeper into our relationship with personal tech, the mobile phone being at the forefront – we cannot live without it, but sometimes you wish you could throw it in the canal. Subjects such as swarm intelligence, self learning algorithms, facial recognition and motion capture are also explored.

Edition 12 is a translation of, or commentary on, the all-encompassing and omnipresent technology that we so heavily rely on and that is intertwined with our everyday lives. What will be next? That’s still loading…

Artist impression of the artwork Phyllotaxis
Phyllotaxis, Daan Johan & Joris Strijbos (artist impression).


From Thursday 30 November until Sunday 21 January, the lights will be on every evening from 5.00 p.m. Depending on the day, the lights will go off at 10.00 or 11.00 p.m. On 31 December we are closed. Tickets can be booked from 1 October onwards, more information will follow soon.

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Amsterdam Light Festival brings light to the dark winter months. We have asked artists to create and artwork for our festival, which is then placed along a route on the iconic canals of Amsterdam. As a non-profit foundation our goal is to enrich and connect people, which is why we offer several walk and cruise experiences. Not only will you enhance your visit to the festival, your contribution benefits the light art directly.

Artist Impression van het kunstwerk Is it really you?
Is it really you?, Studio MAST (artist impression).