Annually, Amsterdam Light Festival transforms Amsterdam’s city centre into an open-air light museum. Tailor-made art pieces and installations by contemporary (international) artists, designers, and architects light up the inner city. Every year a new theme is launched on which all these artworks are based on. The light artworks can be admired from both water and land. The water exposition presents a large number of artworks on and around the famous canals. The land exposition takes place on an allocated area, which includes art, talks and performances.
I had the opportunity to visit the festival twice in January 2017 during a reserved canal cruise. These turned out to be the most magnificent and romantic evenings. Boat tours start from around 5 pm and are offered by one of the many ferry companies around the city centre. At arrival we were welcomed with warm soup (Snert, which is typical Dutch pea soup) and hot chocolate. During the 1-hour trip, the boat slowly sailed through the canals and the light creations.
The walking route offers practically the same experience, although some installations can only be seen from the shore. However, the latter is free, which offers another motivation to visit this yearly event taking place in December and January.