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Monuments in Berlin Illuminated for Lichterfest 2016

Illumination festival ‘Berlin Leuchtet’ will transform the city’s landmarks for seventeen days

September 20th, 2016
Dimitra Giannou, News from Berlin

From 30th September to 16th October 2016, monuments, historic houses, train stations, bridges and some parks in Berlin will be adorned with light installations and laser, video and 3D projections.

For 17 days, the capital city will be illuminated by light artists from all over the world, under the direction of light designer Andreas Boelke.

This is one of two illumination events in Berlin. The other event, ‘Festival of Lights’, brightens the most famous and significant monuments and landmarks in the city centre. In contrast, ‘Berlin Leuchtet’ focuses on the less obvious buildings and structures all over the capital.

Artists from all over the world will be lighting up Berlin using the powerful symbolism of light. Some of the highlights include the laser harp by Frank Fehse, where beams of lights appear alongside music as well as dancers in illuminated clothes designed by Fernando Vagalume.

One of the purposes of the festival is to emphasize lesser known attractions. For example, the Funkturm, Oberbaumbrücke and Siegessäule will be illuminated alongside train stations, shopping malls, bridges and squares which are not included in travel guides.

Most importantly, the festival is attempting to make the citizens of the capital more culturally open-minded, by reminding them that art is a significant part of life and that all art-forms should be respected and appreciated.

More information can be found at, where there is also a map showing all participating landmarks and buildings.


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