On Friday the 11th of October, the annual event of lights has begun once again. The festival takes place yearly in 7 locations around the world, but the one in Berlin is by far the most famous of all for its unique thematic projections. Each year, landmarks, famous buildings and places turn into art, through the work of some incredible international artists. The festival finishes on the 20th of October.
This year will be 30 years since the Berlin Wall has fallen, so as it was expected the festival is dedicated to that and all projections promote freedom, while some other are fully historic, by showing scenes from the past.
Around 97 locations with projections, colourful light installations and video shows are placed all around Berlin. The illuminations begin daily from 19.00 until midnight and on various days there are events in some of them.
A time-travelling video mapping celebrating the 30 years of freedom, since the wall fell. History comes alive with actual footage of people and arts from the Berlin Wall.
This year Gendarmenmarkt has light installations, with events happening throughout the days of the event. Next to Gendarmenmarkt, you will find the Rausch Chocolate House with high-quality chocolate.
House of Arts being recreated for this event with many artists displaying their work. Head towards the river for a better view of the side.
By far, the ultimate installation for 2019. A 10-minute video mapping showing the evolution of humanity throughout the years with a compilation of masterpieces.
Artists joined forces for a total of 12 designs to ‘dress’ the famous landmark. Try to take pictures while being exactly in the middle or from the side, while capturing the TV Tower as well.
Ministry of Finance
10 Federal Ministries take part in the festival, with ‘video scenes of Hans-Dietrich Genscher’s legendary words from 1989 on the balcony of the Prague Embassy’. You can find the Ministry of Finance after the Communications Museum, on your way to Potsdamer Platz from Gendarmenmarkt.
4 installations in a square at the Kollhoff Tower, Piano House, Forum Tower and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. If you walk along the street towards Marlene Dietrich Platz, you can also see the installation of origami birds with white and green lights throughout the whole street.
The fairytale neighbourhood that transforms into something even more magical with lights all around. The highlight is across the river at Neuer Martstall showing the beauty of our planet, with images from nature.
4 buildings are again united for one of the best projections. Bebelplatz always transforms into something stunning and this year is no different. Hotel de Rome stands in the middle with a video mapping that surprises everyone. Across the street, the Humboldt university continues the 360o feeling with food stands. You can find hotdog wraps, Cuban food and Brownie Waffles.
In that area, you will find the Berlin Palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the Ministry, there is a video mapping of J.F Kennedy and his famous words ´Ich bin ein Berliner´.
Each year, the Fernsehturm has unique projections, due to its shape. Susan Gurnee and the popular blog ” Notes of Berlin” have created the three projections.
Other Locations Worth Visiting
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
- Waldorf Astoria
- Das Schloss
- Bärenquell Brewery
- Museum of Natural History
- Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Berlin Ostbahnhof
- Hackescher Markt station