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
“Autumn in Berlin has its own magic as the Festival of Lights transforms our city’s historical and modern landmarks into captivating light installations. Berliners and visitors from all over the world look forward to these extraordinary evenings. Year after year, they give us the chance to rediscover Berlin’s diversity as an open-minded metropolis and enrich our city with yet another attraction.
I would like to wish the Festival of Lights every success this year, too, with ingenious lighting that astonishes Berliners and visitors alike and leaves a lasting impression. My sincere thanks go to the light artists whose creative ideas bring this spectacular Berlin event to life and to the organizers who put it together again this year. I wish us all a striking Festival of Lights in 2016!”
Birgit Zander, Managing Director and Organizer FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
“10 glowing Nights are over and illuminated Berlin for the 12th time. 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 friends 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.”
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 Light.
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!”
S.E. John B. Emerson, US Ambassador in Berlin
“Berlin has long stood as a beacon, a guiding light with a shining purpose for all those around the world that value freedom.
I speak for all Americans when I say how proud we are that the American Embassy in Berlin takes part in the Berlins FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS for many years now. And coming from Berlin’s sister city Los Angeles I take particular pride in this festival and I know that my fellow “Angelinos” would agree with me. In different ways our two cities inspire the world. Both – in Los Angeles and in Berlin – we know how points of light in the darkness, whether projected on the canvas of a movie screen or the landscape of a city rebuilt, can stir the mind and capture the spirit of the people no matter where they come from.” Video
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!”
Greetings from international ambassadors in Berlin
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