Just Landed: See Amsterdam in a new light

Amsterdam’s streets are shining bright this season for the seventh annual Amsterdam Festival of Light.


Amsterdam has been looking a little extra magical over the past few weeks, following the kick-off of the Amsterdam Light Festival at the end of November. The seventh annual celebration, which will continue until January 20th, features 30 illuminated artworks and installations along the canal ring, the River Amstel and several other locations around the city.

Each year, hundreds of designers, artists and architects from around the world submit their ideas, which are narrowed down by a special selection committee. This year, artists designed their works around the theme: “the medium is the message.”

Several partner companies offer guided tours of the artworks by foot, bike or boat, but festival-goers are also free to wander and explore independently. New to the festival this year is the Public Award, which will give visitors a chance to vote for their favourite piece.

The artworks will be illuminated from 5pm to 11pm throughout the festival.