Amsterdam Light Festival 2017-2018 call for concepts open

The Amsterdam Light Festival invites artists, designers, engineers, architects, and all creative professionals and students from around the world to submit their proposals for its 2017 – 2018 edition.


The festival will return to its city centre for this 2017-2018 edition, which will be based on the theme EXISTENTIAL. Amsterdam’s world-renowned canals and various waterfronts offer visitors a unique way to experience multidisciplinary light artworks. The festival involves two exhibitions, following two routes in Amsterdam’s city center, each with its own unique interpretation of the festival’s theme.

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Water Colors boat route
Amsterdam Light Festival champions artworks that connect the essential elements of light and people’s EXISTENTIAL needs and dreams, making people more aware of their existential being. For the Water Colors boat route, the festival organisers are looking for monumental proposals on, above or in the water that connect with the city, its inhabitants, and its visitors.

Illuminade walking route
For the Illuminade walking route, the festival organisers hope to see beautiful interpretations and installations that bring the EXISTENTIAL qualities of light back to the basics and provide a stage for natural miracles and occurrences. Artworks that can be touched, walked through, connected with and reacted to are being sought.


  • Tuesday 31 January 2017: Deadline submission round 1 – curatorial selection
  • Friday 17 February 2017: Notification whether the curatorial team has selected your submission for round 2 and presentation to the jury
  • Friday 17 March 2017: Deadline submission round 2 – jury selection
  • Tuesday 4 April 2017: Announcement of approximately 30 artists selected by the international jury members
  • Tuesday 18 April – Friday 21 April 2017 : The artists who are selected by the jury visit Amsterdam for the kickoff meeting and site visit (2 days). These dates are subject to change


More information and artist briefing available at : https://amsterdamlightfestival.com/en/cfc/call-for-concepts-2017/



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