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Amsterdam Light Festival

By Viator, November 2016

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Amsterdam will come alive again over winter with its third Light Festival, which sees magical laser shows piercing the night sky and glinting off the canals over Christmas and through the New Year.

Running from November 27 to Jan. 18, 2015, the festival will exhibit a series of magnificent light and laser installations specially commissioned from contemporary Dutch and international artists. Flashing artworks are strategically placed to light up the streets and canals; a massive futuristic globe is perched outside Centraal Station, a glittering skyscraper reflecting off the water in Prins Hendrikkade; and the artwork Reflections by Teresa Mar coats the façade of the Hermitage Amsterdam in a spider web of sparkling multicolored neon. The Boulevard of Light spreads out from the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) to Muntplein along the Amstel Canal, illuminating the water, bridges, locks, Stopera, and the Hermitage Museum’s gables to create a spider’s web of a million sparkling colors.

Thirty works of art using light were selected from the more than 300 entries for this year's festival, which centers on the theme 'Building with Light.' And this year the best way to experience the Amsterdam Light Festival after dark is by a specially routed 75-minute cruise along the neon-bathed canals with informed commentary on the displays and a warming glass or two of mulled wine accompanied by a bowl of traditional erwtensoep – traditional Dutch green pea soup. Listen to the audio commentary in English and Dutch about the mesmerizing light sculptures and projections you pass and the creative artists who designed them. You'll also see major Amsterdam attractions such as the Amstel River, City Hall and Oudezijds Voorburgwal -- the oldest canal in Amsterdam. 

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