Why is the world fascinated by light

Fascination with light


Light and light festivals

Let there be light. Light penetrates the darkness, brings joy, warmth, clarity and security into our world, illuminates rooms as well as hearts. Light has been a sign of life for all people since time immemorial.
So it's no wonder that light festivals are so popular all over the world. Do you feel the same? When artistic light installations illuminate the evening sky, your eyes are magically drawn and you can no longer escape the spell of light.


Why we love light - the origin of the light festivals

In many religions and cultures, light is celebrated as a supernatural phenomenon. It stands for the divine and life itself. If, on the other hand, darkness rules, people feel fearful and threatened. Light is a precious commodity, especially in the winter months: it provides warmth and enables life to go on after dark.


How we celebrate light - customs and festivals related to light

There are festivals and celebrations all over the world that revolve around the fascination of light. Well-known light festivals are the Jewish Hanukkah, the Hindu Diwali, the Islamic Mevlid Kandili and the Buddhist Paravana.

In the European cultural area, the winter months in particular are characterized by light festivals. It begins in November with Saint Martin, followed by Advent and Christmas, then New Year's Eve and Candlemas.


What moves our festival - the importance of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Before the dark winter comes, the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in October offers a real ray of hope and attracts millions of Berliners and Berlin visitors to the streets every year. Because no matter how well you know a street and how often you walk past a building on your way to work, everything appears in a whole new light during the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. The landmarks, buildings and squares of Berlin seem to have been changed: a sea of ​​roses on the Berlin Cathedral, a rainbow on the Brandenburg Gate, a rocket launch
on the television tower and dream stories in 360 degrees on all buildings on Bebelplatz. The light enchants Berlin and every year more people from all over the world decide to combine a visit to one of the world's most beautiful cities with a tour of the world's largest open-air light art gallery.

Why an idea goes around the world - international light art festivals

The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in Berlin celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019. The award-winning festival is one of the best known and most popular light art festivals around the world. With colorful illuminations, light art projections and innovative 3D video mappings on famous historical monuments and sights of the city, the event has become one
strong international brand.

The idea is now going around the world. The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS team also produces this event format internationally and has already been guests with sensational art projects in Luxembourg, Zagreb, New York, Jerusalem, Bucharest, Plovdiv and Kuwait. The anniversary edition of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Berlin promises to be something very special and is eagerly awaited.

The best thing to do is to mark the date right away: October 11th - 20th, 2019.
In addition to the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Berlin, there are a number of global light festivals that are definitely worth visiting!

You can find our partner festivals here.

The calendar with the major international light art festivals can be found here.

Image 1: Olaf Neidhardt | Image 3: Frank Herrmann