The shining city: from October 12 to 23, 2011 the German capital will once again be bathed in a sea of light. Numerous events will be accompanying Berlin’s 7th Festival of Lights when more than 70 famous landmarks, buildings, squares and streets sparkle with stunning illuminations. Key highlights in this year’s light installations include Potsdamer Platz, Berlin Cathedral, the Brandenburg Gate, the Gendarmenmarkt and the television tower. The illuminations can be visited free of charge between 7 pm and midnight throughout the festival.
The festival has been attracting many visitors from around the world since 2005. This year Berlin is expecting to welcome more than a million visitors. They will also be able to see the “Berlin Lights” photo exhibition, an impressive installation illustrating the highlights of the previous festivals. Two hundred motifs have been combined in an audio-visual composition of light, projections and music. They range from the shimmering green-blue Hauptbahnhof to the bright chequered colours of Berlin Cathedral. One of the many artists taking part in the 2011 festival is Ben Wagin. He is presenting an interactive light and sound installation in his “Parliament Of Trees” wall memorial on Schiffbauerdamm.
The 7th Festival of Lights will be placing a special focus on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm. The famous boulevard is celebrating its 125th anniversary with splendidly illuminated store facades and spectacular light installations. And the festival’s traditional “LightRun”, in which the runners decorate themselves with lights, will include the Ku’damm in 2011. Visitors who want to tour the festival in a more relaxed way can take a “LightLiner” bus or one of the scintillating “LightShips” on the River Spree.
Photo © Festival of Lights/Ignacio Linares