Illuminations 2017

The motto of the 13th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS:

Festival of Lights map 2017 online

Dear Festival of Lights Fans – please pay attention!

From now on, you can get our online map here, showing all buildings and quarters of this year’s production for your initial orientation. Please consider all locations and venues on the map and get information there about the places you should absolutely intend to visit this year.

You will see, there will be many premieres presented this year!


Festival of Lights map 2017

This map will be updated continuously.

Illumination core times: 7 pm-midnight, 06.-15. October, unless specified differently.

Illuminationskarte HP

Map of illuminations FOL 2017

Please find the online version of our program booklet here.

Illuminations 2017

we will enlighten Berlin with over 40 illuminations! From 6th – 15th October between 7:00 -12:00 pm. More illuminations are taking place during the pre-event.

We wish you a lot of fun and a bright time at the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS!















Station 1 / Fernsehturm

Start at the TV tower

a)      3D- Videomapping  (5 Min)

Titel: „Message from the Universe“

The TV-Tower will be transformed into a gigantic aerial which receives signals of the spaceship USS Shenzhou of the intergalactic star fleet. Spectacular animations will take along the spectators on a flight across strange universes. Netflix made this unique signal from the endless expanses of the universe possible, as homage to the series, starting exclusively on 25th September on the international streaming platform.

Presenter: Netflix / Star Trek

b)       Action: „We beam you up“  (5 Min)

Visitors have the opportunity to get „beamed up“ onto the TV-Tower. Anyone who would like to make use of this action, would just have to go to our partner „3D YourBody“ to get scanned accordingly and if by magic, you will appear on the TV-Tower. More info at:

Costs: per scan 15 Euro (to be paid at “3D YourBody”)


Station 2 / Marienkirche

The beautiful “Marienkirche”, located in the heart of Berlin, will also be presented as Festival location for the very first time. We are proud for having the opportunity to honor this unique church and cultural highlight in Berlin accordingly.

Location: Close to the TV tower

art projection

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Station 3 / Altes Stadthaus

According to the motto: „Dream of Flowers“ we transform this year the “Altes Stadthaus” into a 3D palace of flowers. The stone facade will be shaped into floral patterns which brings the building to life. The fashion brand Triumph attracts millions of women worldwide and is making this spectacular 3D-Mapping possible. Oscar award winner Julianne Moore will open the 3D mapping show on October 5th. She adores the elegant and beautiful projection as well the models of the collection Florale.

Location: Close to Alexanderplatz, near Rotes Rathaus

3D- video mapping  (5 Min)

Titel: „A Dream of Flowers“

Presenter:  „TRIUMPH Lingerie“

Station 4 / Nikolaichurch

You can experience a visual journey at: „Marcetplace of Culture. From the cradle of Berlin to 17 partner cities of the capital“, like a journey around the world. The oldest church of Berlin, the Nikolaichurch, transforms by means of a video mapping into a showroom of world cultures. Iconographical motifs from Europe, Asia, America and the eastern hemisphere will arouse your interest for foreign worlds and cultures.

Location: The Nikolaichurch is the oldest church of Berlin and still intact.

3D- video mapping (ca. 10 Min)

Titel: „Marketplace of Cultures“ & Berlin’s sister cities

Presenter: WBM

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Station 5 / Marstallgebäude (Nikolaiviertel)

The Marstall turns into a “House of nature”: to examine different projects, National Geographic let light up the historic Marstall with the slogan „FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE – LET US GO FURTHER”. The installation of National Geographic shows various natural habitats, which are worth protecting. Through a unique video show, visitors can e.g. fly with the bald eagle through mountains, watch elephants stroll through the savannah and see penguins in the antarctica.

Location: In Berlin’s oldest quarter, the Nikolai-Quarter – the cradle of Berlin.

3D- video mapping (5 Min)

Titel: „House of Nature“ - fascinating nature and animal pictures

Presenter: National Geographic


Station 6 / Bode-Museum

13 years ago was the last time the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was guesting in Berlin. The public success will be reanimated this year at the facade of Bode Museum. This time pictures of paintings from the museum in New York will be projected onto the facade of the Bode Museum. The attraction will be presented by the newly established association “Friends of Berlin International e.V.”. The association aims to support unique events and activities in Berlin which invites international artists and also promotes artists from the German capital abroad.

Location: On the museum island, at Kupfergraben

Motto: “House of Art”

Presenter: Friends of Berlin International e.V.

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Picture: ©2017. Digital Images, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

Station 7 / Nikon stand

Location: Lustgarten

Camera testing

Motto: „Test & Try“

Presenter: Nikon

Station 8 / BERLIN CATHEDRAL/ 3. Festival of Lights International Projection Mapping Championship

According to the festival theme „Creating Tomorrow“, national and international artists have transformed their visions of the future into a 3D-Videomapping. 11 artists from 5 nations will show a stunning 3D video show on the Berlin Cathedral, which will be shown from 6th – 15th October 2017, daily 7:00 pm until midnight. The international Festival of Lights championship in projection mapping goes into the third round. After the Brandenburger Tor and the TV-Tower, the Berlin Cathedral will be the venue of this important international competition. An unprecedented show will be presented. Festival visitors can be excited to watch 25 minutes of international creativity build around the topic of „future“. Each single story is spectacular, entertaining as well as surprising and all of them always have their unique core. The winner will be determined by the audience via online voting on: The voting will be open until the 14th of october, 12.00pm.

Location: Berlin Cathedral & Lustgarten

3D- video mapping show (approximately. 25 Min)

Titel: „Creating Tomorrow”

Presenter: E.ON


Station 9 / Palais am Festungsgraben

This year the Palais am Festungsgraben will become an art- and design showcase. Famous international designer will be presented but as well unknown Berlin artists, for example Aribert Gross. During the festival opening, some of his images from his personal estate in the gallery Barbiche – Potsdamer Str. 151 / Schöneberg will be shown for the very first time. It`s truly an honor to present such an insider tip. Barbara Becker and lala Berlin will enrich the „House of Design“ as well. The two famous designer are presenting colorful motifs on the historical building.

Location: Next to Humboldt-University


Titel: „House of Design” – patterns from popular designers

Presenter: FOL

Station 10 / Die Humboldt-University

Within the framework of this year’s FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS we can expect a magical children’s story on the facade of the Humboldt-Universität. The occasion is that McDonald’s Germany already supports the McDonald’s Kinderhilfe Stiftung since 30 years. McDonald’s would like to say „thank you“ and invites to a 3D-Mapping in order to see the world for a moment through children’s eyes. In between the mapping shows, the winning motifs of a children‘s drawing competition on the topic „How do you image the future?“ will be presented.

Location: opposite Bebelplatz / Unter den Linden

a)      3D- video mapping  (ca. 5 Min)

Titel: “A Kid’s Dream”

b)      Action:  winner of painting competition „Kinderträume“  (5 Min)

Presenter:  McDonald‘s

icture: Nelofee

Station 11 -14 / Bebelplatz  => 360 ° illumination

The entire Bebelplatz shines brightly according to the motto „Opera e Luce“: For the very first time, the projection on the Hotel de Rome will be expanded onto the facade of the Bankhaus Löbbecke. In addition to that, we are delighted to welcome the St. Hedwigs Kathedrale with a colourful projection. Likewise, the historical building of the Juristische Fakultät will receive a projection, corresponding to the Staatsoper staging. This will definitely illuminate the entire Bebelplatz into a breathtaking panorama.

Titel:  Opera e Luce

11)      state opera

3D- video mapping, on the occasion of the reopening and 275th anniversary

Picture: Nelofee

12)      St.-Hedwigs Cathedral

The beautiful cathedral takes part for the first time and is illuminated with a beautiful projection

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13)      Hotel de Rome  / Banking house Löbbecke

The world famous hotel and the private banking house are gleaming by a big panorama projection slide show

14)      Faculty of law of the Humboldt-University

Projection / Collage

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Station 16 / Europäischs Haus

The “Europäisches Haus” and its exhibition “Experience Europa” is located directly at Pariser Platz, opposite of Hotel Adlon. The Festival of Lights artist team created a video show which contains the 28 flags of the EU member states. This projection onto the facade of the “Europäische Haus” draws the attention of the visitors to what is happening inside: the exhibition opens from 10 am to 10 pm and on the weekends as well as on Friday even until midnight, especially for the festival.

Location: near Brandenburger Tor

Video mapping  (5 min.)

Titel:  „Europa“

Station 17 / Embassy of the USA

The embassy participates already for the eighth time in the Festival of Lights and is a well-established destination between Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate. This year the motif should remind of a special jubilee for Europe and transforms the topic “70 Jahre Marshall Plan” in an artistically way.

Location: reverse side of the embassy, Behrenstraße

Projection, 1 motif

Titel:  „70 years Marshall Plan“

Station 18 / Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Berlin

As a very special premiere, there will be a light art contest organized, projected onto the facade of the embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Berlin and aimed especially for young artists. In cooperation with the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, artists from all over the world were called to submit their interpretations according to the theme “multiculturalism”. The projections motifs of the 10 finalists will be presented during the entire Festival period and all visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design on: The winner will be announced on Sunday the 15th of October 2017, the last day of the Festival.

Location: Voßstrasse 17

Projection show (slight show with 10 motifs)

Motto: Finalists of the competition “multiculturalism”

Winner: Tatjana Danilov

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Station 19 / German Ministry of Finance

The “Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus” in Wilhelmstraße/Ecke Leipziger Straße has an alternating history. Today the supreme federal authority is located in Berlin-Mitte: The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF). The projections on the facade of the BMF are addressed to three of the most important jubilees on the way to the successful union: 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, 25 years of the Maastricht Treaty and 15 years of the Euro. The projection will show, amongst others, the alternative European flag designed by Rem Koolhaas, which conflates the national flags of the EU member states to a colorful unity in an artistically way.

Location: Leipziger Straße


Titel: Anniversaries – 60 years Roman contracts / 25 years Maastricht contracts / 15 years Euro

Presenter: German Ministry of Finance


Station 20 / Potsdamer Platz

Oversized, glowing white rabbits from Australian artist Amanda Parer, which are embedded in a flower meadow floor projection, impress with their spectacular appearance. As rabbits are threatening local animal species in Australia they have become a symbol for humanity which influences the ecological balance incautiously and leave an even greater environmental footprint.

Light Art Installation / Projections

Title: „Intrude“ by Amanda Parer

Presenter: Potsdamer Platz


Station 21 / Haus Huth

Right next to the Potsdamer Platz, on the rear side of Haus Huth, a video mapping has been dedicated to the world-famous inventor Nikola Tesla, who would have reached last year the age of 160 years. In the fifteen minutes 4D projection „Tesla’s Time Machine“ the genius inventor relates to his own life. The video mapping, created by the Serbian video artist Dusan Jovovic, has been honored with numerous awards. After touring through seven balkan cities he is now guesting in Berlin. The video mapping was specially customized for the participation of Haus Huth in the festival and will be shown from 13. – 15. October.

Location: rear side , Linkstrasse

3D- video mapping (15 Min)

Title: “160 years Tesla”

Presenter: Telekom Srbija

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Station 22 / Bellevue Palace: Special Award “Democracy”

As a very special premiere, video mappings will be projected onto the facade of Bellevue Palace, the residency of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Video mapping artists from all over the world were called to convert their ideas and visions of democracy in pictures and sounds. The way how the competing artists transferred their ideas, will be a surprise for the Festival visitors. On the 6th of October at 9:00 pm, Federal President Frank Walter Steinmeier himself will press the start button for the projection mapping show. After the opening, the video mappings can be seen until the 8th of October 2017 every evening in a loop every 15 minutes. Of course, you have also the opportunity at this special award to select your personal favorite and to help one`s contribution to victory by online-voting. From 6th until 8th of October 10:00 pm you can vote for your favorite artist at:
Projection times: 06.10., 9-12 pm, 07.10., 7-12 pm, 08.10., 7-10 pm

Location: Bellevue Palace

3D- video mapping show (15 min)

Title: „Democracy“

Duration: 3 Nights (only 06.-08.10.)

Presenter: Office of the Federal President


Station 23- 25 / Spreebogen

On two evenings of the festival, the Spreebogen in Berlin Moabit became a new member of our “Festival of Lights goes local family”. A great video-mapping in the inner courtyard of the Spreebogen will remind of the extraordinary deeds and the people of “Straße der Erinnerung”. In addition the busts of the 10 heroines and heroes are telling true stories and anecdotes about their life in an audio and light installation. A light market with culinary delicacies, organ grinders and “Bimmel-Bolle” reminds of the past of the area „Bolle Meierei“.

Location: Straße der Erinnerung

Video mapping, skybeams, spreaking busts

Title: „Helden ohne Degen“ / “Heros without a sword”

Duration: 2 nights (only 06.-07.10.)

Presenter: Freiberger

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Station 26 / Askania

Open night at one of the oldest watch manufacturers in Berlin accompanied with a live video projection.

Location: Hackesche Höfe

Video projection

Title: “Time of your life”

Duration: 1 night (only 07.10.)

Presenter: Askania watch manufacturer

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Station 27 / Mendelstraße

A building site will be artfully illuminated.


Duration: Only 11.10.

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Station 28 / Museum Lichtenberg

Museum Lichtenberg will be dressed in vibrant glowing art and is going to be the star of the area.

Location: Im Stadthaus/ Türrschmidtstraße 24, 10317 Berlin

Titel: FOL on Tour

Duration: 1 night (only 13.10.)

Presenter: Museum Lichtenberg

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Picture: Rathaus Lichtenberg 2016

Station 29 / Rausch chocolate house

The projection on the well established building near Gendarmenmarkt signals that something special is happening this evening: the doors of the chocolate factory are open until 10 pm. You can immerse into the world of this traditional brand and warm yourself up with a cup of delicious hot chocolate on a stopover.

Location: near Gendarmenmarkt


Title: FOL on Tour

Duration: 1 night (only 14.10.)

Presenter: Rausch Schokoladenhaus

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Station 30 / ZDF

Weather presenter Benjamin Stöwe and his morning magazin collegues are welcoming you in the ZDF scenery and are going to answer questions and sign autographs. Information about the ZDF-Hauptstadtstudio will be available in the Atrium. You can take again pictures with the popular ZDF-Mainzelmännchen as well.

Location: Unter den Linden 36-38, 10117 Berlin


Duration: 1 night (only 14.10.)

Presenter: ZDF

Station 31 / Gallery “Kunstwerkberlin”

The projection, which will be thematically linked to the installations, guides the visitors to Mátyás Vargas´s controversal exibition where he makes environmental artistically tangible.

Location: Alt Moabit / Kirchstraße


Title: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS goes local

Duration: 10 nights (06.-15.10.)

Presenter: Gallery Kunstwerkberlin

Station 32 / Little Big City

Take a look from the bird‘s eye perspective on the festival. Little Big City recreated some projections of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Small and big stories about the more than 700 years old history of Berlin city are told, supported by impressive 3D models and fascinating special effects. During the Festival the tiny versions of “Haus Vaterland” in the golden 20th, “Marienkirche” and “Gedächtniskirche” are illuminated. The projections can be admired during daytime.

Place: At the TV-tower

Little projections

Duration: Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm & 7.10. until 10 pm

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Station 33 / Light Path

An interactive walkway, developed using energy-harvesting Pavegen tech and shot by the brand new Google Pixel 2 phone. Every step on the Pavegen floor will illuminate a color sequence in a matrix on the walls. These moments will be captured via Google Pixel 2.

Ort: Kulturbrauerei
Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin

Presenter: Pavegen brought to life by Google Pixel 2

Original Light Path Bild 2017 Kulturbrauerei


Station 34 / RBB-Gebäude

An innovative videoprojection fascinates on the facade of the building at the Theodor-Heuss-Platz. On 7th of October you will have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenery within the “night of open doors“ at the rbb.

Location: Messe Berlin


Presenter: RBB

Station 35 / Funkturm

The Berlin Funkturm always says welcome and goodbye to all Berlin travellers and decorates the western border of Berlin.

Location: Messe Berlin


Presenter: Funkturm

Picture: Funkturm 2016

Station 36 – 41 / Märkisches Viertel

Location: Stadtplatz

36)      Postbrücke

„Creating Tomorrow“

Presenter: Gesobau

37)      Gesobau Headquarters

Projection/ Collage „Faces“

38)      Dia painting

Dias drawn by visitors will be projected on facades

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Picture: Märkisches Viertel visualisation

39)       Penguin army

Colorful glowing penguins tell short stories

40)     White Guardians of the Time


41)     Tree Illumination



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