In cooperation with an international jury, the festival makes a well-considered selection from all the entries for the Call for Concepts. Each year, the members of the jury represent diversity in different respects: in cultural and professional background, gender and age. This provides a broad vision of the exhibition and the theme, and a nice selection of artworks.
Since 2016, Lennart Booij (1970) has been artistic director of Amsterdam Light Festival. He completed his PhD on the French glass artist and light architect Lalique in 2013, and spent a year as curator of the design department of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 2016 Booij was named crown member of the national Council for Culture because of his broad background in media, science and the arts.
Markku Uimonen (1965) is lighting designer and scenographer. For fifteen years he has been professor of lighting design at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and he designed visuals and light for more than 60 large-scale international opera and theatre productions. Uimonen was artistic director of LUX Helsinki light festival between 2011 and 2014. Currently, he works as an architectural lighting consultant.
Marjan van Aubel (1985) is an award-winning designer and researcher who focuses on the cross-pollination between design, science and sustainable energy. For example, she designed various furniture pieces that generate and store solar energy. Van Aubel's work is included in collections from major museums such as Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and MoMA in New York, and is exhibited all over the world.
Katrien Laporte (1963) has been the director of Design Museum Ghent since 2012. She is committed to bringing in young Belgian and international designers and is working on the construction of a new museum wing. Previously, Laporte was program director of Bruges 2002, cultural capital of Europe, and manager of the Flemish Opera in Ghent. She also was at the heart of establishing the first edition of Ghent Light Festival in 2011 in her capacity as advisor to the cabinet of the alderman for culture.
The internationally renowned designer Ineke Hans (1966) lives and works in Arnhem and London. She designs furniture and products, but also exhibitions and indoor and outdoor spaces. Hans is interested in the psychological "roots" of products and in her practive she always examines the interaction between people, space and objects. In 2017, Hans was appointed professor of Design & Social Context at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Erik A. de Jong (1954) holds the Artis Chair for Culture, Landscape and Nature at the University of Amsterdam. He is also advisor for the Masterplan of Artis. From 2002 to 2007 he was Professor of Landscape Studies at the Bard Graduate Center in New York and from 2002 to 2008 Harvard Senior Fellow Garden and Landscape Architecture, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, Trustees for Harvard University. His research concerns the relationship between man and nature, the history and current significance of garden and landscape and the issue of green heritage.
Angeliki Tzortzakaki (1990, GR) is an independent curator and writer based between Amsterdam and Athens. Her research focuses on practices and questions related to the human body in the contemporary society such as labour and hospitality from a performative lens. For 2018-2020 she is part of the transnational research programme ‘’A Natural Oasis?’’ examining artistic practices that emerge in the Mediterranean areas as for example her birthplace, Crete. In Amsterdam Tzortzakaki works as a research assistant at Looiersgracht 60, a non-profit exhibition centre for art, design and architecture.