The lights are off!

It's a wrap: Edition 11 has officially come to an end. We can look back on a very successful edition, with over a million visits.


As you may have noticed, the artwork Light Gate has remained in the Oosterdok after the festival. Now that the days are getting longer, the artwork will be removed again. The dismantling will take place from 17 until 21 April, on the quay at NEMO.


After 53 days, the lights of Edition 11 have officially been switched off. After two years, the festival could finally take place again in its enterity, with experiences on both water and land. During the dark winter months, 20 light artworks have illuminated the residents and visitors of Amsterdam. The artworks, created by national and international artists, were developed within the theme Imagine Beyond.

Beginning at the Light Gate (Edwin Baruch, US) visitors entered into the world of imagination, after which they could admire the rest of the artworks by foot or by boat. Public's favourite Sign (Vendel & De Wolf, NL) was shared on social media the most, but also more sublte works, such as Scala a Pioli (Massimo Uberti, IT) and Fireflies (Studio Toer, NL) made for a lot of oohs and ahhs.

"It is very special that a festival in the public space can illuminate so many residents and visitors of Amsterdam! There was a good balance between walks and cruises, to experience the light art in the city."
- Frédérique ter Brugge, director of the Amsterdam Light Festival Foundation.


Many visitors shared their positive experiences: one visitor called the festival "the highlight of the year" and others had, despite the changeable weather conditions, a memorable evening with friends and family. Some are already looking forward to next year's edition, which takes place from 30 November 2023 until 21 January 2024 and will be all about Artificial Intelligence and digital technology.


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