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Berlin Festival of Lights 2020, Germany

September 11, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Berlin Festival of Lights 2020

Each autumn the German capital becomes a city of illumination for the Berlin Festival of Lights.

This year marks the 16th edition of the festival, and it will see 90 art works in 86 locations spread all over the city. Many of the city’s famous landmarks will be lit up especially for the occasion in a series of light installations, making it one of the world’s most popular light festivals.

Each year the Berlin light festival attracts more than two million visitors every year, with lighting artists from across the globe creating amazing projections and 3D videos, in addition to light installations. The festival’s patron is the city’s mayor, Michael Müller.

Berlin Festival of Lights 2020 Programme

photo, courtesy of Visit Berlin, © Frank Hermann.
Photo, courtesy of Visit Berlin, © Frank Hermann.

The theme for the 2020 Festival is ‘Together We Shine’. The installations will be spread all across the city – covering some 168 square kilometres. Organisers promise to light up corners of the city previously hidden even to native Berliners.

Lighseeing tours will feature guides who will explain to you the significance of the installations.

This being 2020 there will be a digital version of the festival, allowing everyone to enjoy the delights of Germany’s capital of light. This will include a new artwork to be viewed each day.

The festival is free for all to attend, and is barrier-free and accessible.

Berlin Festival of Lights on Tour 

Berlin Festival of Lights
Photo, courtesy of Visit Berlin, © Frank Hermann.

A highlight for 2020 is that the festival will be driven across Berlin with a mobile projection art tour visiting neighbourhoods across the city on select evenings.

While in Berlin why not visit grafitti-laden Kreuzberg: Berlin Stuck in the 80s? 

Special COVID-19 Measures

In line with current rules, anyone attending the festival is asked to maintain 1.5 metres distance from other attendees, and to wear face coverings. If an installation becomes too crowded, you are asked to come back at a less popular time.

Berlin Festival of Lights 2020
Photo, courtesy of Visit Berlin, © Frank Hermann.
When is the Berlin Festival of Lights?

11 to 20 September, 2020. Most installations are illuminated from 8pm to midnight.

Where is the Berlin Festival of Lights?

86 locations across Berlin.

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Further information on the Berlin Festival of Lights

For more information, visit the official festival website.

Things to Do in Berlin

If you are planning a visit to the German capital, then first take a look at the Visit Berlin website.

Main photo, courtesy of Visit Berlin, © Frank Hermann.



September 11, 2020
September 20, 2020
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