18 December 2021, by Victoria Séveno

Every winter, the canals in the Dutch capital are decked out with a huge variety of gorgeous light installations – and this year is no different. The coronavirus pandemic may mean a number of events have had to be cancelled this winter, but the Amsterdam Light Festival continues to grace the streets of Amsterdam. 

As this year celebrates the 10th edition of the festival, the artworks selected are highlights from previous years – so many will likely look familiar to you. Want to get a taste of what’s happening at this year’s edition of the event? Take a look at some of the top picks below.

Darth Fisher, by Streetart FrankeyThis is definitely one for all the Star Wars fans out there. Perched under the Torontobrug on the Amstel, this Darth Vader isn’t so bothered by all that Dark Force drama – he’d much rather enjoy his fishing in peace, thank you very much.

Ghost Ship, by Biangle StudioThis work of art brings the Flying Dutchman to life, by projecting light onto multiple sprays of water, creating the illusion of an eerie 3D ship. The Ghost Ship installation can be found in the Oosterdok, near the library.

Moonburn, by Stichting BarstowThis year, Stichting Barstow has once again brought the moon to Amsterdam, in the form of a six-metre tall glow-in-the-dark balloon perched in front of the Carre Theatre on the Amstel. The paint used to create this mesmerising effect actually absorbs the light from the sun and reflects it at night – so cool!

1,26 Amsterdam, by Janet EchelmanThis 70-metre-long aerial sculpture was first featured in the Amsterdam Light Festival almost 10 years ago. It was created to commemorate the magnitude 8,8 earthquake in Chile on February 27, 2010, which led to the 1,26-microsecond shortening of the Earth’s day.

Bridge of the Rainbow, by Gilbert MoityBridge of the Rainbow can be found lighting up a bridge near Alexanderplein (between ARTIS zoo and the Tropenmuseum). Designed by French artist Gilbert Moity, the artwork represents the LGBTQ+ community and symbolises open-mindedness and diversity – something the Dutch capital has always prided itself on.

Book your tickets for the Amsterdam Light Festival!Are you keen to see these installations (and many, many more) in real life? Book tickets for a tour of the 10th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival now, and see this gorgeous art in all its glory!


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