Light Weeks

Potsdamer Platz is the Heart of Light Art

The light weeks transform Berlin into a shining stage full of vibrantly illuminated city sights. Towards the end of each year, the entire capital is ablaze with an amazing array of lighting concepts and installations created by German and international artists. Since 2010, Potsdamer Platz has been the centre of the Festival. The entire quarter is decked out in extraordinary luminous displays. Each evening for around two weeks, a multitude of radiant effects is created, unique light images are projected onto the facades of high-rises, and trees and gardens illuminate. The wide variety of colourful impressions promises guests an altogether enlightening experience.

This year, Potsdamer Platz celebrates the 20th anniversary of its redevelopment. On this occasion, the Potsdamer Platz announces the Festival of Lights Award, with 3,000 euros in prize money. To celebrate this event, there’ll be a ten minute lighting show comprising 3D video mapping projections on the face of Potsdamer Platz 1 building, composed by an array of international artists. The winner will be decided via online voting by visitors of the festival.  In addition, the quarter boasts the following attractions:


 28/9 – 14/10/2018, Potsdamer Platz, 10785 Berlin


Installations 2018:


Light shows at the Pianosee

The city oasis Pianosee, situated between the musical theatre and the Reichpietschufer, will be transformed into a colourful show of water fountains and chimes for the Festival of Lights. Visitors can look forward to an audio-visual water spectacle comprising fountains and illuminated boats, directed by Lichtpiraten, a group of Berlin artists, whose live shows have already caused a sensation in Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Hanoi.


Indian summer in the Alte Potsdamer Straße

In close proximity to the Pianosee, between Marlene-Dietrich-Platz and Potsdamer Platz, visitors will be immersed in a world of autumn colours reflecting the North American Indian summer. With its diverse open air gastronomy, the promenade (one of the city’s most popular locations) will transform into a Gesamtkunstwerk.


Video mapping “Aguaviva” outside Haus Huth

Taking the Haus Huth entrance to the Potsdamer Platz Shopping Arkaden, ‘living water’ awaits one at the Fontaneplatz; the translation of the work of the Chilean artist Marjorie Chau. This year she has created a video mapping projection in the basin in front of the Haus Huth. A mysterious female figure will be on display: her contours blur against the bright white background; deep red water lilies and carnations enhance the mysterious look of this unknown beauty.


Illumination at Eichhornstr. 3 and Potsdamer Platz 1

Big screen projection mapping on the surfaces of the Eichhornstr. 3 and the Potsdamer Platz 1 buildings round off the quarter’s offering.



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Laura Göttler

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