Amsterdam Light Festival is already at its 5th edition.
So far I was never able to visit the event, but this year I made it!
It’s beautiful; don’t miss it!
What is Amsterdam Light Festival
It is an annual light art festival in Amsterdam.
Artists, designers and architects from all over the world bring their light art and installations to life during the festival every winter.
The art works are placed along two routes: Water Colors, a canal-cruise (so by boat), shows large, monumental works along or on the canals, while Illuminade, the walking route in the Plantage neighborhood, shows innovative and interactive light art.
Amsterdam Light Festival 2016/2017 edition
This edition, the theme of Water Colors is: A view on Amsterdam. The city serves as a canvas for the light art, while the art reflects upon or highlights characteristics of Amsterdam.
Illuminade’s theme this year is: Biomimicry. This is the science where in the logic and structures of nature are used to solve human problems.
See the Light Art by foot, bike or boat
As said, you can choose to see the art by different ways of transport. Each means of transport has it’s own advantages, disadvantages, viewpoints and characteristics.
By foot or bike
Walking or biking the Illuminade tour is only possible until this sunday, january 8th.
I have planned my own walk sunday evening, so just in time.
After sunday you can of course still walk or bike the Water Colors route, just not the Illuminade.
Water Colors, the boat tour, is offered by a lot of operators in different type of boats.
Click here for an overview of all cruise-operators with links to their websites. The list includes also tours by bike!
The Water Colors Cruises are available until januari 22nd.
Semi-Open Boat Tour by Lovers
One of Amsterdam’s biggest and most well-known canal-tour operator is Lovers.
They offer Water Colors cruises in their common, closed canal boats.
Advantage: it’s warm on board.
1. you have to take pictures through the glass of the windows and
2. if it rains, condensation can occur on the windows, blocking your view.
Lovers also offers the Water Colors Tour in a semi-open boat.
Then the top/roof is closed (glass), so that rain does not bother you, but the sides of the boat are open.
1. you are not taking pictures through glass,
2. no condensation-problems,
3. you can lean a bit overboard or stick out your camera-hand/arm if that comes in handy for taking certain pictures.
Disadvantage: it’s cold!
When we took our tour it was sooooooo frikkin’ cold!
Fortunately blankets are handed out, so you can wrap yourself up entirely, as I did. I think I used three blankets even.
I was still freezing, because my feet were ice-cold and because I had one hand above the blanket all the time, holding my camera, taking pictures.
You receive a headset, can choose your own language and listen to an audio-guide telling you about Amsterdam, about what you see along the way and of course about all the specific light art works that you sail past.
The tour lasts 75 minutes and costs 21,50 euros per person.
Photo-impression of Amsterdam Light Festival by boat
I love Amsterdam and it’s canals
And despite the cold, I have to say that sailing through Amsterdam’s canals is always beautiful. In the evenings, with all the lights at bridges and such, it’s nothing less than a fairytale picture, one a after the other.
More about sailing the canals in Amsterdam another time.
Have you seen Amsterdam Light Festival this year? Which art works are your favorites? Do you have light festivals near where you live? Have you ever sailed through the canals of Amsterdam?