Festival of Lights

The city itself is transformed into a glowing stage and the landmarks, monuments, buildings, streets and squares become stars. Together with national and international artists, designers and creative teams we are telling stories, convey messages and direct focus on the special and unique.

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September 5, 2021 8:00 PM

September 12, 2021 11:00 PM


Berlin City Center


'' The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS® stands for high-quality staging of landmarks, buildings and squares using light, projection and video art.

One of the most famous light festivals in the world – each year in October, Berlin turns into a city full of light art. The artful displays on the famous landmarks, monuments, buildings and places are turning the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS into one of the best known light art festivals in the world.

National as well as international artists are transforming the city into a huge and shining stage. We are telling stories with light art, draw attention to the special and present cultures, arts and artists. We are transporting themes and messages in an artistic way. During the Berlin Light Weeks we are also staging Berlin landmarks, historical places, streets, squares, trendy neighborhoods and hotspots of recent history. The festival is under the patronage of the acting mayor Michael Müller.

Program 2021

This year’s festival motto “Creating Tomorrow” intensively illuminates our responsibility for the sustainable preservation of our home planet. The light art installations and video mappings play with this theme in an incredible variety. Inspiring visions are shown and the coming tasks are thematised, such as sustainability, e-mobility, measures for more CO2 neutrality, renewable energies and digitalisation. As always, we are locating the productions in prominent places in Berlin, on landmarks and buildings steeped in history, on squares, on the facades of the participating companies and organisations, as well as in all of Berlin’s districts and many neighbourhoods.

The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2021 is a call for more sustainability, more WE feeling, humanity and mindfulness as well as the preservation of cultural diversity.

All illuminations at the approximately 70 locations will light up between 8.21pm and midnight every day from 03rd-12th of September 2021, unless otherwise stated in the program. The currently known festival locations are listed below. Further details on the individual illuminations, times, partners and individual events will be added here gradually. '' - festival-of-lights.de




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