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19th Berlin FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 06th-15th of October 2023

One of the most famous and popular festivals in the world

Millions of bright faces. Millions of shining eyes. This is what the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS has stood for every autumn since 2005. When Berlin becomes the big glowing stage and the monuments, buildings and squares become the stars. When all of Berlin lights up! This is when we tell stories, draw attention to the hidden, present cultures, arts and innovative technology, and convey messages and current issues. Magic Moments in Berlin!

This year, that was perhaps even a bit more important than usual. It was and is a challenging year. Especially in such difficult times, it is often art from which people draw strength. Strength to master great challenges and not to lose the will to create a better future. That is why it is important to give many people moments of pause and joy with our light art in a time of great challenges and uncertainties.

This is exactly what the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2022 stood for, with its unique light art full of diversity, innovation and luminosity. Created by the festival team, in collaboration with renowned artists from many countries.


This year in particular, the 2022 motto was as optimistic as the colorful productions: “Vision of our future. What will our future look like? Unusual, touching and inspiring ideas – translated into expressive and beautiful light art. Works that were created especially for the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2022. In addition to the well-known projections, sculptures were a special focus this year. They required very little electricity, moved in part as if by magic, and told little stories in their own magical way.

At the same time, 75% less electricity has been used than in the previous festival year. Because of course we also took the challenges of scarce and expensive energy very seriously. We changed our program a bit and adapted it to the current situation. You can find out exactly what this looked like in the interview with Birgit Zander.

Experience great light art for free. Images that stay in your heart for a long time: These were good reasons to be part of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2022 in Berlin.

The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2022 under the patronage of the Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey has once again been a cultural highlight in a class of its own.