From the biggest spider at the Herengracht to a Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. From 29 November 2018 until 20 January 2019 artists from home and abroad take you on a journey along 30 light artworks specially created for Amsterdam.

The 53-day exhibition revolves around the theme ‘The Medium is the Message’, the famous statement by the Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The role of light in conveying a message and the city of Amsterdam as a medium for telling stories are central to this edition.

30 artworks and installations

The idea behind McLuhan’s statement was simple: the medium with which we send a message is at least as important as the message itself. What role does light play as a medium or as a message? More than 600 artists from around the world have looked into this issue and submitted their concept. Ultimately, 30 artworks were selected that will light up the historic city centre of Amsterdam during the festival.

Visit the exhibition

For 53 days, the exhibition can be admired by boat, by bike, or on foot. You can do this on your own initiative or by booking a tour with one of the official festival partners.

The artworks are switched on daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.. The only exception is New Year’s Eve when they are on from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m

Check out the boat,- and walking route of the Amsterdam Light Festival.


Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre

During the seventh edition of the international festival Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre is happy to welcome you. Reserve a room type after your choice and enjoy our new wellness centre with Turkish steam room and Finnish sauna.



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