From the initial ideas to the exhibition: the preparations take around 15 months. During various phases, we work closely with (inter)national artists, designers and architects to realize the artworks especially for Amsterdam.

Vanuit de hele wereld worden concepten ingestuurd

Open Call: November - January

The Open Call marks the start of the preparations for a new festival edition. The Open Call is a public, worldwide submission call for creative light art concepts within a set theme.


Curation & Selection: February - March

Together with our team of curators, a professional jury then makes a selection out of the submitted concepts. Some of the criteria use are, for example, the artistic choices, relevance regarding the theme, and technical feasibility.



Co-creation: April - November

Once the final selection of artworks is made, the development and construction phase begins. Under the guidance of a team of professionals, the artists work towards the exhibition in Amsterdam.

The light art is premiering in Amsterdam

Showtime: November - January

The exhibition premieres in Amsterdam. For a number of weeks the artworks are exhibited in the historic city centre of Amsterdam. At the same time, the new Open Call is released for next year's edition.

The international collection

After the festival has come to an end, some of the artworks will be added to the internationally traveling collection, which is managed by Light Art Collection. Their team is actively engaged througout the year in finding new exhibition possibilities, making sure the artworks and artists get a spotlight in cities all over the world.