Due to the regulations concerning COVID-19, the well known boat experience of Amsterdam Light Festival will be skipped this year. We have turned these unfortunate circumstances around and introduce a new theatrical walking experience: the Light Walk. This edition, which will take place from 10.12.2020 until 03.01.2021, is dedicated to nature with the theme 'When Nature Calls'.
During the Light Walk, visitors stroll through the eastern part of the city centre of Amsterdam, crossing well-known squares, but also passing through hidden gardens. With their phones in their hands, theatrical producer and creative director Lucas De Man will send them videos, photos and audio messages via WhatsApp. In a story packed with information and humour, the visitors learn about light art, the city and nature. The walk is interactive, meaning that the visitor decides whether they want to hear more about light art, or more about the city and its history.
“I believe that storytelling leads to a valuable experience for visitors. In this new setup you move from one work of art to another in a logical sequence. We strive for more storytelling, more experience and more social involvement - at an appropriate distance because of corona, but closely connected in feeling and deeds,” says Lucas De Man.
ENLIGHMENT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER
In this edition, the festival organization delivers more storytelling, more experience and more enlightenment. Director Frédérique ter Brugge says: “It is especially important in times like these to bring relief to the city and to find and help each other. This is why we work in clusters, connecting artists with scientists, partners, primary school students and educational and governmental institutions. The social side of our festival is developing in collaboration with social partners through the so-called 'buddy system', where we connect people from vulnerable groups to enthusiastic volunteers.”
You can experience The Light Walk from December 10 until January 3, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM ('til 8:00 PM New Year's Eve), thereby lasting 24 days. Timeslots and tickets can be booked via the Amsterdam Light Festival website. The Light Walk takes an hour, is about two kilometers long and is completely corona-proof of course.