Themes 2016-2017

Every edition Amsterdam Light Festival artworks are selected by a jury panel through a Call for Concepts, where artists from all over the world are asked to submit new ideas for the festival. Read more about the Call for Concepts and the jury here.

The festival exists of two different routes. Water Colors, the boat route, takes place in the canals of Amsterdam and lets the visitors experience the artworks from a water perspective. Illuminade, the walking route, exhibits artworks and installations in the Plantage neighborhood. Amsterdam Light Festival introduces a new theme where the artists base their work on every year. For the upcoming edition two themes are selected.

Water Colors, boat route, A view on Amsterdam

Artists are challenged to give a new view on the city and its architecture, future and role in the world. Amsterdam serves as a canvas for new art and light installations that are connected to specific characteristics of the city. The theme is interpreted by the artists in their own way, sometimes historic, futuristic or with humor and irony. The artworks offer new perspectives to the visitors and raise questions about the city. This is as much the case for inhabitants as it is for visitors, creating a dialogue.

Illuminade, walking route: biomimicry

Biomimicry is the science where the logic and structures of nature are applied to solve human problems. Think of energy efficient buildings inspired by termite mounds or antibacterial surfaces inspired by red seaweed. The artworks that are selected engage into a dialogue together around all the aspects of the biomimicry theme. 

Want to read some more about biomimicry? Check out this article

Keep an eye out on our website. Soon the complete routes and artworks will be published here.