It takes place each year in October, where for 12 consecutive nights, Berlin's world famous landmarks, cultural monuments, historical buildings, streets and other locations become transformed through light, projection and events. Extraordinary illuminations, light projection and light objects are presented by many local and international lighting artists. Working with light is still an emerging form of artistic and cultural expression, and the Festival of Lights offers a unique platform for visual artists.
"Light is life, light is energy, light is able to speak all of the world's languages, and light connects people," said the native Berliner Birgit Zander. Her goal was to take the theme of "Light" and establish a world-renowned international public event for her hometown of Berlin - one that would transform the city itself into a stage, making its landmarks and buildings the stars of the show, and drawing people from all over the world.
The Festival of Lights has become a magnet for the tourism industry as well as a significant economic factor.
Throughout the entire festival period, there are 600,000 overnight bookings (reference: visit Berlin) and
around 2 million guests to the city.