Please find here a selection of 16 years FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Berlin:
Best-Of Movie 2020
With around 100 artworks at 85 locations by 52 participating artists from 8 countries, this year’s FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS could be seen on 168 square kilometers all over Berlin. In our best-of film you can enjoy all illuminations again at a glance. A special thank you to our visitors, light-loving fans and friends for their support, motivation and positive energy! And of course to our presenter E.ON. THANK YOU!!!! We are already looking forward to a joint 17th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2021 in Berlin!
The 15th Festival of Lights was entirely under the guiding theme of FREEDOM. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the festival team dived the capital for 10 long nights in the Lights of Freedom. The video shows once again the most impressive moments from the largest open air gallery in the world. Thank you to all who were a part of it!
E.ON presented the 14th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in Berlin under the motto “Connecting cultures”. The highlights of the around 60 illuminated landmarks and buildings, squares and artworks are summarized in this video. The festival team says THANK YOU to everyone who supported this luminous mission.
The 13th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS delighted in the city of Berlin visitors with exciting projections, 3D video mappings and light installations at over 72 locations. Around 2.3 million visitors enjoyed the spectacular light shows and sent media greetings all over the world. Thank you, Berlin! See you soon!
10 Years Festival of Lights 2014
In anniversary year, Berlin’s monuments and landmarks glowed under the motto “Colours of Joy”. With spectacular events and concerts, one highlight followed the next. From the Brandenburg Gate to the Berlin Cathedral, an impressive “Ode to Joy” was created. You can find all the highlights of the spectacular event of 2014 in this review.
Brandenburg Gate 2020
“Symphony of Life” is a beautiful three-minute video mapping on the most significant of Berlin’s landmarks. It tells the history and evolution of humanity, describes the natural rhythm of life and shows our place in the universe. Greetings from Berlin to the world, created by MP Studio from Bulgaria.
Brandenburg Gate 2019
The motto “Lights of Freedom” reflected 30 years of peaceful revolution. On the occasion of this anniversary, highly emotional moments of world history came alive on the walls of the Brandenburg Gate. The 3d videomapping was realized by the multiple award-winning MP Studio based in Sofia and Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate 2018
This year, according to the festival’s motto “Connecting Cultures”, the Brandenburg Gate was transformed into a place where the most diverse cultures meet. In a seven-minute projection, MP Studio took the audience on a breathtaking journey around the world, underlining the beauty of cultures through art, music and nature.
Brandenburger Gate 2018 – Love Language
In all the languages of the world, the word “Love” could be read on the Berlin landmark. As a symbol for peaceful unity and a successful connection of different cultures, the Brandenburg Gate thereby perfectly reflected this year’s motto “Connecting Cultures.” The staging was designed by Birgit Zander – artistic director of the festival – together with Daniel Bandke from [E]MOTION VIDEOMAPPING. It’s great that this feature was able to inspire so many people and encourage them to take great photos. Share the LOVE AND LIGHT!
We love Berlin 2016
For the “We love Berlin” campaign, all Berlin fans were asked to send in their favorite motif or image. The resulting collage was created as part of a video mapping on Germany’s tallest building, the Berlin TV Tower. An impressive homage to Berlin!
Lumissimo im Berliner Dom 2013
Visitors to the sold-out Berlin Cathedral were amazed by a sound and light experience of a special kind on the occasion of the opening of the 9th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: A cross-over concert combines the cathedral’s Sauer organ with a laser harp in an unprecedented way, allowing popular works of classical music to resound in color as well. Together with saxophone, laser show and well-known singers from soul, pop and gospel, a concert was created in a breathtaking atmosphere that touched the heart, soul and the senses.
Potsdamer Platz 2020
The Potsdamer Platz was again transformed into a large stage for light art during the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Highlights this year were the giant light sculptures L.O.V.E. and Unity as well as the large-format projections on the Kollhoff and Forum towers. In the old “Potsdamer Straße”, 140 light blossoms adorned the treetops and luminous swans danced a ballet on Piano Lake. A video show on the Stagetheater featured well-known Berlin artists.
20 years Potsdamer Platz 2018
A spectacular panorama production including the world’s unique World Championship of Projection Mapping on the Kollhoff Tower was one of the festival highlights in 2018. Potsdamer Platz was illuminated with artistic large-scale projections for its 20th anniversary.
Churches & Palaces
Charlottenburg Palace 2020
This year at Charlottenburg Palace, visitors were taken on a journey into the molecular depths of nature and its fascinating questions. From the tiny microscopic to the wide expanses of the cosmos, the mysteries of the connection and origin of things are explored. The team of artists behind the impressive 3D projection is RE:SORB from Berlin. Their specialty is to create immersive experiential spaces that bring about unforgettable as well as transformative memories.
Köpenick Palace 2020
Various art motifs by the artist team RE:SORB from Berlin transformed the beautiful baroque palace Köpenick with its arts and crafts treasures into a special destination.
At the “Tränenpalast” (Palace of Tears) at Friedrichstraße station, we showed a video looking back at events during the division of Germany. Here, in the former exit hall of the so-called “border station” between East and West Berlin, there were many tearful and sad farewells, which gave the building its current name: “Tränenpalast”.
Ministeries & Institutions
Federal Foreign Office 2020
“Faces of Europe” on the façade of the Federal Foreign Office. In 2020, an extraordinary journey took photo artist Carsten Sander through all EU member states on behalf of the German Foreign Office on the occasion of the EU Council Presidency. His mission: 1000 portrait photos of people from a wide variety of ethnic and social backgrounds. 1000 Faces of the European Union – an outstanding demonstration of European sensibilities and a work about peaceful coexistence, tolerance and shared values.
Digital raindrops blur into seawater, ship captains meet on the high seas, the sea suddenly turns into outer space, people meet on the street and celebrate 30 years of German unity: At the Festival of Lights 2020, the historical façade of the Federal Ministry of Transport shows the paths we take in life. The motto: “Mobility connects” – on the water, in the air, on earth, in reunified Germany, in Europe, worldwide.
Federal Ministry of Finance 2019
For the 15th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, the Federal Ministry of Finance told the stories of its official building, which are closely linked to the history of the Berlin Wall. The events served as a reminder that freedom cannot be taken for granted and must be defended each and every day. With this special message, everyone could participate via social media within an interactive festival action of the ministry to powerfully breaking down the wall once again.
Federal Foreign Office 2019
The Federal Foreign Office in Berlin told a story of liberation and salvation during the 15th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: “I’ve come to inform you that today your departure…” The rest of the speech of the then Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher was delivered in autumn 1989 in frenetic jubilation and the “Freedom! Freedom” cries of the nearly 4,000 GDR citizens who had sought refuge in the building and garden of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague.
Bridges & Fountains
Oberbaum Bridge 2020
As one of the most beautiful bridges in Berlin, the Oberbaumbrücke has once again connected East and West since the fall of the Wall 30 years ago. Presented by the O₂ brand, the artfully illuminated bridge will once again become a symbol of freedom during this year’s FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. The 3D – projection show “The Evolution of Communication” stages the rapid development of technology and the importance of easy and fast access to digital communication for all people in an artistic way.
Wall Fountain 2020
The wall fountain is a walk-in granite sculpture and is intended to commemorate the Gnadenkirche, which was destroyed in the Second World War, and the Berlin Wall. The perfect projection surface for a special project of the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (BUND). The statue shows the flora and fauna of the Green Belt, a network of habitats and a landscape of memories across Europe. The projection is funded by the “Interreg Danube Transnational Program” and funds of the European Union (ERDF, IPA).
Oberbaum Bridge 2020
Around October 3rd there were a couple of bright highlights on the occasion of “30 Years of German Unity”. On October 3rd, the Oberbaumbrücke was staged again with a 3D video mapping, which can be seen from the shore of the Universal Music building.
Hotel de Rome 2019
An entertaining, imaginative 3D mapping by MP-Studio on the historic facade of the Hotel de Rome at Bebelplatz.
Hotel de Rome 2018
“The Freedom of Art – Between Dream and Reality” was the motto for the mapping on the Hotel de Rome. They are the joint visions of two famous video artists: Englishman Ross Ashton, whose artful light and sound installations have already been seen around the world, and Polish artist Pani Pawlosky.
360 degrees staging of the Bebelplatz 2018
Stunning impressions of the 360° staging “Freedom of Art” at Bebelplatz. Thank you for your feedback! That makes us super happy! In the video you can also see our light friend Dundu on the tracks of the Walk of Light… THANK YOU DUNDU!
360 degrees staging of the Bebelplatz 2017
According to the motto “Opera e Luce”, the entire Bebelplatz was shining: Thus, the projection of the Hotel de Rome was extended to the Löbbecke banking house to impress with a dazzling panorama. We were very pleased to also welcome St. Hedwig’s Cathedral for the first time with a colorful projection.
Hotel de Rome 2017
The Hotel de Rome at Bebelplatz also interpreted the theme “Opera e Luce” in a special artistic way. Thus, together with the surrounding buildings, a breathtaking overall staging was created in the heart of Berlin, which had never been seen before in this form.
Marketplace of Cultures 2016
On the Hotel de Rome, different cultures presented themselves in a visually stunning 3D video show with a unique perspective during the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2016. The journey began in Berlin, which itself already stands for incredible cultural diversity. From here it went to Madeira, Luxembourg and to Bulgaria. Created and produced by Zander & Partner Event-Marketing GmbH.
Videomapping on the Hotel de Rome 2015
The lotus blossom as a symbol of purity of heart and mind is the focus of a visually stunning 3D video show at the Hotel de Rome on Bebelplatz. Sponsored by the MACAU Government Tourist Office, state-of-the-art 3D mapping technology and Asian flair create a highly emotional visual symbiosis from lotus blossom to world heritage site.
Museum of National History 2020
In the 16th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, the Museum für Naturkunde in Invalidenstraße became the setting for an impressive video installation. At the center of the approximately one-minute projection is the colorful biodiversity of our worldwide flora and fauna. A wide variety of animals populate the façade of the museum in their natural habitat. They refer to the impressive biodiversity of our nature and today’s variety of life forms, which is also shown in the exhibitions. The museum presents the installation in cooperation with the Berliner Sparkasse.
Museum of National History 2019
In its first festival year, the Museum für Naturkunde in Invalidenstrasse came to life with an elaborate video mapping. The three-minute show focused on the fascination and beauty of nature and gave a slight insight into the secrets of evolution.
James-Simon-Galerie “Kuwait-Mapping” 2019
In the 15th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, the Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre (ASCC) from Kuwait was a guest for the first time and let the James Simon Gallery on the Museum Island shine with a breathtaking video mapping. The center in Kuwait combines Arab and Western culture and is one of the largest cultural building complexes in the world. The installation demonstrated this with a cross-section of ASCC’s themes and exhibitions, linked to Kuwait’s culture. An exciting journey through the evolution of humanity.
James-Simon-Galerie “Staatliche Museen zu Berlin” 2019
A beautiful selection of world-famous cultural treasures of thousands of years from the collections of the National Museums in Berlin was displayed on the facade of the James Simon Gallery to astonished visitors.
World Championship of Projection Mapping
3. World Championship of Projection Mapping 2017
The third Worldchampionship in Projection Mapping under the motto “Creating Tomorrow” took place on the Berlin Cathedral in 2017. The best clips from the shows of the 10 international artists are available in this impressive Best Of Video.
2. World Championship of Projection Mapping 2016
To mark the 12th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, the Berlin TV Tower, Germany’s tallest building and Berlin’s landmark, was spectacularly illuminated with 3D video mapping. As a prelude to many creative submissions of the 2nd award, each show started with this intro mapping.
2. World Championship of Projection Mapping 2016
During the 2nd Berlin FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS World Championship of Projection Mapping the visitors of the 12th Festival of Lights had the opportunity to vote for the winner. More and more designers and artists are trying their hand at this unique game of reality and illusion. More information and the videos of the other finalists can be found here.
1. World Championship of Projection Mapping 2015
Maxin10sity’s spectacular intro mapping at the Brandenburg Gate opened the world’s unique World Championship of Projection Mapping during the 11th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. More information about this unique championship can be found here.
1. World Championship of Projection Mapping 2015
At the very first FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS World Championship of Projection Mapping the festival visitors were allowed to vote for their personal favorite. More information and the videos of the other finalists can be found here.
E.ON Special Award 2020
In 2020, the festival team, together with E.ON, has invited three winners of past FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS competitions to present their visions of this year’s motto “Together we shine” on the imposing facade of Charlottenburg Palace. Three teams of artists from three countries will show their interpretation of cohesion, solidarity and unity. The selected artists were Tina Zimmermann from Berlin, Clockwork from Poland and MP Studio from Bulgaria.
Special Award 2018
The Special Award under the motto “Let’s create a better tomorrow” was hosted by E.ON. 18 videomapping artists from 7 European countries submitted their entries interpreting the motto. All winners of the pre-voting competed against each other in a final on the Berlin TV tower during the festival period and presented their region. Here are the magnificent mappings of the winners and finalists.
Festival of Lights Award 2018
At the fourth world championship in projection mapping, the 90-meter-high and 10-meter-wide Kollhoff Tower at Potsdamer Platz will become a giant screen. In a 3D video mapping lasting about ten minutes, six international artists from six nations will demonstrate their creativity, skills and experience in gigantic video mappings on the facade of the Kollhoff Tower under the motto “New Dimension of Architecture”. Past, present and future merge into illusions, meet an enthusiastic audience. The winner was chosen by the audience via online voting at www.fol-awards.de. Congratulations to the winner from Mexico: Adhoc!
Streetart @ Festival of Lights 2018
For the 14th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, KEF! transformed the façade of the Berlin townhouse into a street art icon with lines and colored surfaces. The complex style of KEF! is inspired by Buddhist teachings and nature and makes the building shine impressively. Also attending for the first time is Kondor Wessels, whose facade has been enchanted by street artist Millo’s love of modern art. More impressions of the many well-known street artists we had the pleasure to work with can be seen in the video.
Special Award 2017
For the first time the Berlin residence of the federal president is part of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. There is no other building that fits better to the topic “democracy” than Bellevue Palace. This is the intro mapping of the competition:
Special Award 2017 All Mappings
6 international artists interpreted their thoughts of democracy and showed their vision in a spectacular way. Frank Walter Steinmeier opened the competition with a ceremonial speech . More information and all videos of the finalists you can find here.
We are pleased that a special edition of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS took place this year as well. 85 locations were offered by 51 artists from 12 countries with the support of over 60 partners all over Berlin. Here you can see our preparations for the 16th festival.
Bear Tour 2020
In the course of the brand relaunch of the city, Berlin has among other things get a new logo: the bear! The logo was sent on a glowing tour as part of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, opened by the Governing Mayor Michael Müller at the Rotes Rathaus. The campaign could then be seen all over Berlin on a total of 12 buildings in the form of artistic video mappings and projections. With that, the bear visited all districts of Berlin. The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS team is proud to have provided the framework for this significant event!
In prime location at Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s prestigious address with worldwide prominence, FÜRST represents a glamorous architectural statement and a public city square. The Festival of Lights highlights the transformation from the former Kudamm Karree to the FÜRST in an artistic way. The impressive new building becomes the scene of a 3D video production and towers high above the City West. In addition to architectural effects, impressions of the new building and its facets can be seen – from gastronomy to co-working space to shopping experiences.
Berlin Decks 2020
We have created a video show that plays with the past of the former Thyssen-Krupp factory premises, shapes and colors. The facades become a gateway to the past and future of the future campus.
Victory Column 2020
The 3-minute 3-D video installation at the “Goldelse” takes place under the umbrella of the “hallo mastercard” campaign, which supports local retailers and promotes secure contactless and mobile payments. The campaign focuses on the small, priceless moments.
DRV Bund Gebäude
The facade of the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund high-rise building literally comes to life in the 16th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. The illusions shown are reminiscent of the works of Victor Vasarely. The animations provide an insight into the world of pension insurance, whose heart is the more than 24,300 dedicated employees. They are committed to social security on a daily basis and accompany 33 million insured persons from the start of their working lives to retirement age. They ensure that customers receive their benefits safely and reliably. To find out exactly how this happens and what Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund has to offer light-hearted career starters, visit its website besser-bei-uns.de.
Department Store Jandorf 2019
Once a department store and later a fashion institute, the imposing Jandorf department store building on Brunnenstrasse in Berlin Mitte today offers solutions for tomorrow’s mobility. The 3D video mapping on the historic façade was called “Freedom of Mobility” and showed Berlin’s rapid urban development: The projection began with an homage to the wild 20s. The narrowness of the growing metropolis was followed by the transformation into a free urban landscape with plenty of freedom of movement, allowing space to breathe and unfold. More about the mobility of the future: your-now.com
70 years Israel Video Mapping 2018
At the premises of Berliner Union-Film Gmbh smart presents a highlight of this year’s FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Power makes music with the smart electric symphony. The fascinating idea: heavy current from giant high voltage coils are conducted to smarts. The arising lightnings form a spectacular choreography and also individual sounds.
Smart Electric Symphony
DJ Chris Bekker and the car brand smart electrify with a musical Tesla coil installation. At the “smart electric symphony” on the grounds of the Berlin Union-Film GmbH, electricity is the music. High-voltage current is directed onto smart models via enormous high-voltage coils. The resulting flashes not only form a spectacular choreography, but also produce unique sounds. DJ Chris Bekker incorporates these into a specially composed piece of music and, together with the cars as oversized mixing controllers, completely redefines the term “electronic music”.
What visitors say 2014
What do our festival visitors think about the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS? We went to the streets asking people for their thoughts. We feel humbled by the positive feedback. Thank you!
Greetings from ambassadors 2013
Ambassadors from all over the world were sending their greetings to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. We want to say thank you for the great partnership in the past years and we are looking forward to future international projects. Here you can watch the video.