Each year in October, Berlin turns into a city full of light art. The artful displays of the landmarks, monuments, buildings and places make the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS one of the best known light art festivals in the world. National as well as international artists present light installations and thus, transform the city into a huge stage. They tell stories, draw attention to the special and present their cultures, arts, crafts and messages. Berlin landmarks, historical places, streets, squares, trendy neighborhoods and hotspots of recent history are staged with light.
an Arts and culture event for an audience of millions
The festival takes place for the eleventh time and it is under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller. It presents over ten nights a fantastic world of experiences: special events, such as LUMISSIMO, connect creative light art with other forms of art. The extensive LightSeeing Program offers adventure tours by bus, boat, segway and foot. Special Show Cases under the theme of light and video art invite you to join in.
a festival with international appeal
In recent years, the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS has evolved into becoming a major tourist magnet and economic factor. With over two million festival visitors, over 600,000 additional overnight stays and 1.8 billion media contacts, it is now – among the festivals in Lyon, Sydney, Moscow and Eindhoven – one of the best known light art festivals in the world.
Pictures that go around the world
The productions of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS have impact far beyond the borders of Berlin. International journalists and guests as well as of course the Berlin residents send their images and messages around the world with the help of traditional and social media. The combination of artistic live experiences with classical and social media makes the festival a unique communication platform.
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social responsibilty and civic engagement
Only through the dedication of many people and partners, it is possible to stage the capital with light art. Many individuals, companies, institutions and artists show their social entrepreneurship and commitment. Moreover, since 2005, the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS supports important charity projects.
The team of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
„Light is life, light is energy, lights speaks all languages and connects peoples“, says Berlin-born Birgit Zander. Since 2005 she and her agency Zander & Partner are responsible for the production of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. The team and its surrounding partner network are constantly working on new ideas, creative concepts and regularly showcase innovations and latest technologies.
a big thank you
At this point we would like to warmly thank the people who were instrumental in creating and developing the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. We are particularly grateful to These supportes without whom the festival would not have existed in its present form. Together we have created a great festival and transform Berlin into a brilliant work of art every year!
Our special thanks goes out to all our supporters, sponsors, partners, participants, artists, technicians and organizers!