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Why Choose Panasonic?
  • - A powerful performance with 20,000 lm of high brightness and high resolution.
  • - Easy projector setup and handling due to the compact size, low weight and standard power supply support.
  • - The ability to project onto non-flat surfaces.
  • - A multi-lamp system that provides maximum reliability against blackouts.

In October 2012, the people of Berlin and visitors from all over the world were able to catch a glimpse of an exciting new Brandenburg Gate.
Bright and colorful video art made for the people of Berlin was designed specifically for the 2012 Festival of Lights.
The gate was brought to life when Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors with 20,000 lumens of brightness projected a vibrant mix of colors every night during the festival.

Berlin Festival of Lights - One of the Biggest and Best Known Public Illumination Festivals

The Berlin Festival of Lights was founded in 2005 by the Berlin-born Birgit Zander, head of the event
marketing agency Zander & Partner. From there it developed into one of the world's biggest and best known
public illumination festivals.

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.

The flagship attraction of the festival at the Brandenburg Gate

For this year the installation at the Brandenburg Gate was developed into the flagship attraction of the festival.
Berlin's most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, has been an icon throughout the ages. Erected in 1871 to express Berlin's pride and power, it became the symbol of Germany's partition after the Second World War.
After more than 40 years of the separation and isolation of East and West Germany
by the Berlin Wall, things changed again in 1989 and the gate finally paved the way
to the re-unification of Germany as one country.

Zander & Partner, with its technical director of the festival, Gunter Birnbaum, developed and produced
a stunning 3D projection mapping application where four high-brightness projectors shoot light onto the front
side of the Brandenburg Gate from the Pariser Platz.
The concept phase for the development started in February. The Berlin Society for Residential Building,
as a host for this location during the festival, wanted an installation that reflected the variety and history of Berlin's
residential architecture. Birnbaum developed content that included actual video footage (instead of CGI), that
was shot during a 2-month production period.

The ideal projector for a stunning 3D projection mapping application

To illuminate the surface of the 26-meter-tall Brandenburg Gate, even at night, requires a strong and bright
projection technology. At the same time the complex shape of the building, with its multiple steps and corners,
does not provide an even projection surface, so the projection content requires geometric adjustment.

"The Panasonic PT-DZ21K projector looked like the ideal projector for this," said Gunter Birnbaum,
"a projector with 20,000 lumens of brightness and onboard geometric adjustment was exactly what we needed.
Additionally, with its compact size, low weight and 16 A standard power supply, it simplified setup and
handling tremendously.“
With the innovative four-lamp system, the projectors provided high reliability against failure.
This was seen as essential for an installation with such strong exposure.

Four PT-DZ21K, with 20,000 lumens of brightness, were installed in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

The installation was the cornerstone of this year's Festival of Lights

Residents and visitors in Berlin experienced the Brandenburg Gate being brought to life with the vibrant 3D projection mapping, which was the first attempt in the Festival of Lights.

And Panasonic's PT-DZ21K projector proved once again its superior performance in the events sector, creating a new visual experience for Berlin’s historical and cultural landmark.

Brand-new projection mapping illuminated
Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate.

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