Berlin Illuminated in Moving Colors: The Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights always stuns me with how it manages to mobilize such a huge amount of Berliners to come out of the house at night when the temperatures are already getting lower and it would just be so much more comfy to cuddle up at home. If you walk along any of the trails of the festival you will encounter so many other people walking around discovering the many light art projections all over the city it feels like the night becomes day – and a busy one at that.

Until October 14th every night from 19-23h you will be able to discover countless projections – many also animated with elaborate mappings that embrace the architecture and details – at various buildings in the city such as the TV tower, the Humboldt Forum, the Berliner Dom, several buildings around Bebelplatz, the Brandenburger Gate, the high rises at Potsdamer Platz, etc.

This year’s highlight was for sure the show at Brandenburger Gate that illustrates the cultural exchange of Berlin with the rest of the world and the 4th world championship of video mapping that you can see at the middle tower at Potsdamer Platz. For the first time, we also took the lift up to the Panorama Punkt to see everything from above. Really worth it (and open until 21h for the duration of the festival). Now enjoy some impressions of this year’s Festival of Lights.


Frank by
on October 9th, 2018
updated on October 9th, 2018
in Art, Events

2 Responses to “Berlin Illuminated in Moving Colors: The Festival of Lights”

  1. Nancy Creedon Says:

    Definitely want to come to Berlin for this next year. Are there dates that you would recommend over others (are the first few or last few days best or does it not matter?). Is there any blog I can subscribe to or any website I can monitor to stay on top of next year’s events? Thanks

  2. Frank Says:

    I think it doesn’t matter much when during the festival you go as it’s always the same shows everday. In the opening days it’s of course very busy everwhere, but that can also be nice. So it depends a bit if you want to experience this with a lot of people or less. If you want to stay updated on the festival for next year I recommend you subscribe to their Facebook or Instagram. It’s called “Festival of Lights”. Enjoy!

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