From September 3rd to 12th, 2021, every evening from 8:21pm to midnight. The exact locations can be found in our general plan, which will be published shortly.
No, the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS is free of charge for you as a visitor!
“Creating Tomorrow”. With this year’s concept we want to set a shining example: For innovation, sustainability and a common future.
The Festival of Lights is a format and a brand for staging cities, city quarters and squares. We turn the city into a stage and the monuments, buildings and squares into the stars.
The Festival of Lights can be seen as an open air light art gallery that invites you to stroll. Connected to the festival is a communication platform for partners, companies, institutions and organizations for their storytelling. The Berlin Festival of Lights was not and is not initiated or financed by the State of Berlin.
Birgit Zander is the initiator, producer and also artistic director of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Born in Berlin, she has been making her hometown shine in artistic lighting since 2005.
The Festival of Lights is not an event of the State of Berlin. It is a cultural initiative based on social entrepreneurship – free of charge for visitors, which is financed and made possible by many supporters, partners and sponsors. The agency Zander & Partner GmbH has been one of the main sponsors and producer at the same time since 2005. The Festival of Lights is organized in Berlin and in other cities by the FOL Festival of Lights International Productions GmbH. The Festival of Lights in Berlin is also supported by the Friends of Berlin International eV association.
The main lighting times during the festival are daily and will be published soon, but may vary for individual illuminations, which we will then point out separately. You can find more detailed information on our website and in the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS app, which uses a news service to keep all visitors up to date.
You will find an overview plan here shortly.
Our website is constantly updated. You can also get the latest information on our social media, e.g. on Facebook and Instagram . You can get the program in the visitBerlin stores (visitBerlin Infopoints) as well as the Muddastadt shops “Unter den Linden” and “Alexanderplatz”. Of course also from our LightSeeing partners and online in our Download area.
In order to let all fans participate in the shining moments, the videos and photos of this year’s productions will be published on our homepage and our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/festivaloflightsberlin.
In addition, this year there is something new to discover on our YouTube channel for all lighting enthusiasts who could not come to Berlin: Virtual Reality Mappings. These videos show how certain monuments and sights in Berlin (e.g. Teufelsberg or Tempelhof Airport) would look like if you were part of the Festival of Lights.
The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS takes place outside. And we invite you to light walks in the evening.
We urge visitors to keep their distance and ask to wear a nose and mouth mask. If it gets too full in some places, we will announce this and have to temporarily switch off the illumination in an emergency.
We can bring joy to so many people at a difficult time. With light and art – completely free and open air. Art and culture are simply part of life. It is therefore a real concern of ours to show that cultural life is also possible in such times. Our guiding principle is: “The spirit of making possible – despite everything”. Instead of canceling the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, at least do something, albeit differently.
We have adapted our concept to the current situation and are in constant contact with the responsible authorities and institutions. Only because the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS takes place in the open air and the productions are spread over a very large area is this event also possible in 2021. For the implementation, measures that were developed in the last year and will be further adapted are an indispensable component.
The program of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2021 picks up on the atmospheric mood, it will be correspondingly quieter and more level-headed. We focus on equalization and are represented with our light installations in every Berlin district and in many different neighborhoods and avoid long shows.
In addition to the well-known and popular illuminations in the historic center of Berlin, there is projection art and video mappings at selected locations. In addition, many temporary works of art on individual evenings at the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS on tour. It’s worth checking the calendar every day.
We ask for your understanding that not everything will be the same in 2021 as it was in the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS years before the pandemic.
Use our app with new features, this will be available shortly before the start of the festival.
Please note the current information on safety and hygiene, which will be published on our website at the end of August 2021.
Many new measures have been taken since 2020. Together with the police, the Festival of Lights has set up an operations center in which various information from many festival locations converges. This is also where a decision is made as to whether there are too many visitors for individual installations who cannot or cannot keep enough distance, so that the staging has to be temporarily switched off until everything is lost again. Many security guards are on duty as well as staff who make permanent announcements.
In addition, on projection towers we use posters that can be seen from a long distance to indicate that the minimum distance must be observed and that mouth and nose protection be worn.
Also at the 17th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS there will be a photo contest with great cash prizes, all visitors* from 18 years onwards can participate (from 14 years onwards with permission of the legal guardian). More information can be found here (link to the photo contest)
Conditions of participation photo competition 2021
Organizer is Zander & Partner Event Marketing GmbH, Savignyplatz 6, 10623 Berlin, Germany
1st participation: Individuals are eligible to participate. A maximum of 3 pictures per participant are permitted. Also excluded from participation are
– Entries that are not related to the theme or that offend common decency,
– Entries that have already been awarded a prize in another competition,
– contributions from persons who give false information about their identity, and
– Entries with advertising or PR content.
The participant agrees that his/her submitted photo will be stored electronically. By submitting a photo, the participant agrees to all points of these conditions of participation. Participation is free of charge. Deadline for all entries is September 30, 2021. Photos may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, entrants must include your full name, home address, age, and if under 18, parent/guardian consent and contact information in case you win.
2. type of entries: Photos must have a clear reference to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2021 and to one of the light installations. No photos can be considered that show buildings/installations that are not participating in the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2021.
3. Technical requirements for the photos: Up to 3 photos in jpg format with a maximum file size of 5 MB per photo can be submitted. Collages are excluded (no more than 1 image per file). Furthermore, frames, graphic elements, text elements and/or obvious image manipulations are not permitted.
4. copyrights / personal rights: The participant assures,
a) that he/she is personally and exclusively the author of the submitted contributions, that he/she has the unrestricted exploitation rights to all images and parts of images, as well as
b) that no personal rights are violated in the depiction of persons and that the persons depicted agree to publication in the context of the competition and reporting on the competition, and
c) that the submitted contribution is free of third party rights.
The participant indemnifies the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS or the organizer, Zander & Partner Event Marketing GmbH, from all claims of third parties due to infringement of their rights in the photographic material submitted by the participant.
Participation is possible from the age of 18 (from the age of 14 with the permission of a parent or guardian).
5. rights of use: The participant grants the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS the non-exclusive rights of use, unlimited in time, space and content, including the right to edit the images and video files for the festival media, public relations and reporting on the festival (other media, print, online).
6. prizes and notification of prizes
The winners will be determined by the Festival of Lights or the organizer, Zander & Partner Event Marketing GmbH, from among all eligible participants within three weeks of the closing date. Notification will be made via the contact details provided at the time of entry. The payment of the cash prize will be made by bank transfer. The vouchers will be sent by mail to the address provided. With the handover of the prize to a transport person, the risk is transferred to the winner. Festival of Lights, or the organizer, Zander & Partner Event Marketing GmbH, is not responsible for delivery damages.
7. prizes: The first place winner will receive a cash prize of €1,500, the second place winner will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and the third place winner will receive a cash prize of €500. The places 4 to 15 will receive a voucher in the amount of 50 €, which can be redeemed in the online store of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Berlin. A payment of the voucher is not possible.
8. participants agree that their name will be mentioned as author.
9. the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS assumes no liability for the loss of submitted pictures.
10. data protection
11. legal recourse is excluded.
The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS is a temporary art event to which the rules of copyright apply. Hobby photographers are permitted to use photos of motifs from the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS on social media platforms for non-commercial use without the need for a license from the organizer. For all other licensing questions, please contact us.
1. subject of the conditions of participation and organizer
(1) These conditions of participation regulate the conditions for participation in the sweepstakes as well as any necessary transfer of rights. The description and the procedure of the respective sweepstakes will take place within the framework of the respective sweepstakes campaign on the Facebook page of Festival of Lights, the Instagram page of berlinfestivaloflights and the Instagram page of festivaloflights_international.
(2) The organizer of the competition is FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ®, Zander & Partner Event-Marketing GmbH, Savignyplatz 6, 10623 Berlin.
(3) By participating in the respective competition, these conditions of participation are accepted.
(4) The competition is not connected to Facebook and Instagram, it is neither sponsored, supported nor organized by Facebook and Instagram.
(1) Anyone who has reached the age of 18 and is a resident of Germany is eligible to participate in the sweepstakes. Participation with fake identities or with identities of third parties is not permitted.
(2) Eligible participants can take part in the sweepstakes by fulfilling the conditions of the sweepstakes posting and leaving this posting in any case until the selection of the winners.
(4) Participation is possible until three days after the publication of the Post.
3. winnings and notification of winnings
(1) The prize will be drawn among all eligible participants.
(2) The winners will be randomly selected from all eligible participants within one week after the closing date. The winners will be announced via Facebook comment function. Instagram message function or in a separate posting and requested to send an e-mail to an e-mail address specified there, in which the personal data is transmitted properly and truthfully in full. This information is used to send the prize.
(3) If we do not receive an e-mail from a winner within the specified period, the claim to the prize shall expire. In this case, we are entitled to conduct a substitute draw.
(3) Only one prize is possible per participant.
(4) The prize is not transferable, nor can the prize be exchanged or paid out in cash.
(5) If circumstances arise for which we are not responsible, the respective winner will accept an appropriate substitute prize. Such circumstances beyond our control are in particular those that lie with the sponsors of the prizes.
(6) The prizes will be sent to the winner by mail to the address provided. The risk is transferred to the winner when the prize is handed over to a transport person. We are not responsible for delivery damages.
4. granting of rights of use
(1) The participant guarantees to be the owner of the necessary rights to the uploaded or linked photos, if this is part of the conditions of the competition. If the participant is not the sole author or rights holder, he/she expressly declares that he/she has the rights required for participation in the competition.
(2) The participant grants us the following simple, temporally and spatially unlimited but non-exclusive rights of use to the photo used by him/her:
– the right to store the photo on a server;
– the right to make the photo accessible to the public in whole or in part via Facebook and our websites (in particular www.festival-of-lights.de);
– the right to use the photo to promote our products;
– the right to edit the photo, whereby the image may not be alienated.
(3) When using the photo, we will identify the author in a suitable manner, insofar as this is feasible taking into account the specific form of use.
(4) By accepting the prize, the winner agrees that we may use his/her name for advertising purposes.
5. Liability and indemnification
(1) If the participant uploads photos, the participant guarantees that he/she will not send any content whose provision, publication or use violates applicable law or the rights of third parties.
(2) The participant indemnifies us against claims of third parties of any kind whatsoever resulting from the illegality of photos used by the participant. The indemnification obligation also includes the obligation to fully indemnify the organizer from legal defense costs (e.g. court and attorney fees).
(3) By participating in the competition, the participant releases Facebook from any liability.
(1) A violation of these conditions of participation entitles us to exclude the respective participant from participation. This applies in particular if the participant provides false information or if photos or other content used (e.g. comments) violate applicable law or the rights of third parties. The same applies to comments that glorify violence, are offensive, harassing or derogatory or otherwise violate social decency.
(2) If the excluded participant is a winner who has already been drawn, the prize may be subsequently revoked.
7. premature termination and changes
We reserve the right to prematurely terminate the competition in whole or in part at any time, even without observing deadlines, or to change its course if it is not possible to guarantee the proper execution of the competition for technical reasons (e.g. computer virus, manipulation of or errors in software/hardware) or legal reasons (e.g. prohibition by Facebook).
8. data protection
We are responsible for the collection, processing and use of personal data of the participants, if we process them ourselves. We will only use the participant’s personal information and other personal data within the framework of the statutory provisions of data protection law. We will only store, process and use the information to the extent that this is necessary for the implementation of the competition or if the participant has given his/her consent. This also includes use for exercising the rights of use granted. The data will only be used to carry out the competition and will be deleted afterwards.
The participant may at any time request information about the data stored about him or her. In all other respects, our data protection declaration applies accordingly, which can be accessed at https://festival-of-lights.de/de/datenschutz/.
9. final provisions
(1) Should the conditions of participation contain invalid provisions, the validity of the remaining conditions shall remain unaffected.
(2) German law shall apply. Legal recourse to review the draw is excluded.