A very special thanks to all our supporters, sponsors, partners, friends and fans of the last 12 years! Such a successful FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS with an international appeal can only be realized due to the dedication, support, enthusiasm and excitement of many personalities, artists, designers, associations, institutions and companies. Here are some of their statements and prominent voices:
Michael Müller, The governing Mayor of Berlin & FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Patron
“When the Festival of Lights bathes our city in color starting at the beginning of October, Berliners and visitors from the rest of Germany and abroad will be able to see Berlin’s iconic landmarks and attractions in a new light for what is now the 13th time. In the evening hours and at night, new illuminations and lighting effects will make public space a radiant experience, surprising and delighting us all. I am sure that the Festival of Lights will be a spectacular event this time around, too.
My thanks go to the light artists who bring this unique Berlin event to life with their imagination and skill, as well as to the organizers and partners who made this very special festival possible and are thereby showing our city in a fresh light. I would like to wish everyone involved a wonderful 2017 Festival of Lights.”
Birgit Zander, Managing Director and Organizer FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
“10 glowing nights are over and illuminated Berlin for the 12th time. In 2016 many new places, buildings and artists took part. Especially the 2nd Berlin Festival of Lights Award at the Berlin TV Tower was a huge success and received an overwhelming feedback. More than 30,000 people took part at the voting and elected the winner. Besides beautiful illuminations there were also many possibilities for light lovers to take part and discover new things. Connecting Cultures – this is and will be the motto of the Festival of Lights!
I want to thank every assistant and sponsor, partner and friend as well as supporter. Without the participation of many people, institutions, businesses, association, sponsor and artist, creative and technical teams it would be impossible to illuminate Berlin. Together we let the city shine! Light connects, light speaks every language and light brings positive energy and emotions. With this we are looking forward to many more international connections from Berlin to the world.”
Greetings from the official chargée d’affairs of the US-embassy to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Paul van Dyk, DJ/ Music Producer und Ambassador of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2015
It is a wonderful privilege and honour to be selected as the new international ambassador for the 2015 Festival of Lights.
Throughout the last decade, anyone who’s been to central Berlin on an October’s night, will, like me, have been touched by the Festivals. I’ve been hooked since its early years, and not simply as I’m fortunate enough for it to take place on my doorstep. It’s become an exhibition I’ve grown to look forward with ever-greater anticipation – an event as astonishing as it is unmissable.
On those occasions, where buildings – many of which I grew up around – are transformed into extraordinary installations and statements, its prompted me to contemplate light, and by extension, colour. Together, they are pinnacles in symbolism. Light has a native, organic and seemingly unconquerable ability to bring people of all cultures, ages and religions together, and that’s something to be celebrated. It embodies freedom & positivity and beacons individuality & independence of thought. They exemplify personal expression and in many ways are metaphors for diversity. These are all fundamentals of life – ones I hold them very close, and that’s something I know I’m not alone in. Light (alongside sound, as anyone whose been to one of my shows will know) plays a very real, vital part in what I do. It’s something singer Sue McLaren & I underscored this summer through the release of the track ‘Lights’. I’m proud to rededicate ‘Lights’ to this year’s Festival and from Berlin, I hope, it will carry light internationally around the world.
Burkhard Kieker, Director visit Berlin
“The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS transforms Berlin into one piece of light art and delights many guests from all around the world. The festival gives Berlin a special glow and has developed into an internationally significant crowd puller. Not only the Berliners, especially visitors from home and abroad enjoy the special atmosphere in the city. Light fascinates people from all over the world.
The festival attracts more and more tourists who want to experience the illuminated German capital. More than two million visitors and over 650,000 additional overnight bookings are reported every year. These statistics are not surprising: after all, the festival’s artists bring plenty of light into the dark season of year – for twelve nights!”
KLAUS WOWEREIT, The former governing Mayor of Berlin
“Under the motto of “Festival of Lights”, light artists from all over the world illuminate Berlin’s sightseeing attractions and iconic buildings, creating temporary artworks in many parts of the city. These works linger in our minds and make us aware of how mesmerizing light can be when artfully staged.
This year’s 10th Festival of Lights is taking place at a special time, just a few weeks before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. And, by giving center stage to structures in East and West and North and South, this international highlight shows us – both Berliners and visitors – very plainly how dramatically this formerly divided city has changed in the quarter century since the “peaceful Revolution”, how it has grown together, and how it now draws people from all over the world.
My thanks go to the festival’s initiators and all those who – whether as sponsors or as dedicated individuals – helped to pull this event together and bring the idea of an artfully illuminated metropolis to life. I hope the people of Berlin and all of our visitors will enjoy unforgettable moments in which they experience the beauty of our city and are captivated by Berlin’s landmarks bathed in color and light.”
Wolfgang Joop, Fashion Designer
“What fascinate me so much about Berlin are its contrasts and its unfinished nature. That makes me all the more pleased to be allowed to illuminate one of the most popular and historic buildings at “Unter den Linden”, directly in the center of the city, with the WUNDERKIND fashion designs during the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2010.
The Berlin Cathedral Church (…) will soon be dressed with my creations during the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS and allow a shining “colour Explosion”. Not made of fabrics that the WUNDERKIND models and customers wear, but created out of light and I am sure that it will dress the cathedral just as beautiful. In the middle of a golden autumn I will celebrate “spring break!”
That’s what celebrities say about the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Visitors of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS