After a successful debut last year, the second edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival is underway. The beautiful city and its canals are illuminated in light sculptures and projections to brighten the cold and dark winter days. The festival will run until 19 January 2014.
The theme for this year is ‘Building with Light’ and 30 works created by international and local artists are on display around the city. Enjoy an evening walking route, named ‘Illuminade’, which takes you through the enchanting Plantage neighbourhood of Amsterdam. The open-air exhibition is FREE and is opened until 5 January 2014 between 17:00 and 22:00 . A map of the walking route with information on the featured artworks is available on the Amsterdam Light Festival website. Or you can opt for the boat route, which will take you along the beautiful canals. The boat route runs until 19 January 2014.
I did both the walking and the boat tour. I recommend the walking tour. This way you can see the artworks up-close and you can interact with other visitors. It’s very cold so dress warm and wear comfortable shoes. There are places along the route where you can purchase hot beverages. I had a hot chocolate, which is perfect for the winter cold;-)
If you don’t feel like braving the cold then enjoy the boat tour and maybe have dinner while enjoying the tour. Most boats are covered at night and are heated, so this option is comfortable and romantic.
A visit to Amsterdam Light Festival can be combined with a range of specials, from a dinner and a boat cruise along the Water Colors boat route, to a shopping route in the center. For an overview of all specials visit www.amsterdamlightfestival.com/specials.
…Here are some pictures that I took along the walking and the canal route
End off the night with some soothing classical music music at the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), held at the city’s six iconic churches. Each performance will feature a special light show. All locations are heated and you can warm up with a cup of delicious glühwein or hot chocolate during the show. For a full program and ticket information visit the Canal Festival website.