This year was also a special anniversary year for the Potsdamer Platz. For the fifth time, the official Festival Centre was at this historic site. The high-rise buildings became kaleidoscopes. Images that make up the Potsdamer Platz were interpreted in an exciting, original and inspiring new way by this technique. The motifs arose in new ways again and again. The kaleidoscopes, which are probably known by many visitors from their youth, adorned the Potsdamer Platz 1 and the opposite Forum Tower. Even the square itself was an exciting kaleidoscope. Photo can be found here.
The Potsdamer Platz with its skyscrapers was an impressive motif for photographers during the festival. A special highlight and excellent photo opportunity were the larger than life, white “Time Guardians” by Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer. They stood in the middle of space projections and guarded the stories of the Platz and thus, formed a bridge through time. Kielnhofer’s message to the visitors of Potsdamer Platz: “Never forget that we are observed by a power that is greater than ourselves.”
On the way to the Marlene-Dietrich-Platz, visitors strolled through an avenue adorned by rainbow coloured trees suitable for the festival motto “Colours of Joy”. On the square itself, guests found a veritable Light Battle. This interactive light installation by Dutch artist group “venividimultiplex” invited the Berliners and visitors to climb on bicycles. In pairs or in larger groups they battled against each other. Depending on the impact of strength and speed, a light scale moved to the other side and towards the “enemy”. If he or she was reached, the race was lost.
The Aquanario-water spectacle was specially redesigned for the festival. The water show offered a colorful joyful multimedia spectacle of water, music and light installations. The topics were joy of life and “Colours of Joy”. The show took 30 minutes and was repeated three times in the evening. The effects were supported by familiar melodies from classical music and rock and pop.
On October 10 at 7:30 pm, the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Festival starts at Potsdamer Platz with the traditional and formal “LightsOn”.
The guests and vistors saw a very special show staging. It did not just go into lofty heights, but also a magical story was told. Photos can be found here.
The friendly giants Dundu came into the German capital Berlin just to celebrate the opening of the 10th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – and just for that occations a star was taken from the still dark sky for them. Afterwards, the poetic light giant Dundu invited all visitors, fans, prominentes and artists of the opening “LightsOn” on a tour through the illuminated area of the Potsdamer Platz, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz and the lake at the Atrium Tower as well as a Little bit later on he also conquered the Brandenburg Gate. A unique event that should have not be missed.
Den Stern für die Riesen von Dundu holten die Fassadentänzer um die Künstlergruppe The artistic and poetic facade dancers Grotest Maru brought the star from heaven down to earth. Such a wonderful spectacle is usually only seen in a movie when the stuntmen rappel down a wall to jump into a floor. But here the audience of the “LightsOn” witnessed a creative, poetic and emotional “facade dance”. On a building wall. Grotest Maru are long-time experts in it. They jumped, fell and danced with ropes secured to the facade of the Potsdamer Platz 1 and passed the star along to Dundu.
Of course, many celebrities were also invited to speak with the presenter Wolfram Kons, who is known from the RTL Donation Marathon, about the history and future of the Berlin FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. At the end, the ceremonial opening “LightsOn” ended in a musical highlight presented by Dorrey Lin Lyles and Ingrid Arthur. Of course, the RBB was once again live on scene and reported directly to the famous Berlin TV News Show “Abendschau”.
Also the info point of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS was found at Potsdamer Platz Arkaden. It offered the visitors between the hours of 10 am until 9 pm information on all locations, highlghts and various events. The Potsdamer Platz was also the starting point for many LightSeeing tours.