Festival of Lights at Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is the Heart of Light Art

The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS from September 3 to 12, 2021, will once again transform Potsdamer Platz into a huge open-air gallery with impressive works of art made of light. The festival’s motto this year is “Creating Tomorrow”: the installations are a statement on the themes of sustainability, future and diversity.

Every day from 8:21 p.m. – in keeping with the year – numerous works of light art can be discovered between Potsdamer Platz, Alte Potsdamer Strasse and Marlene-Dietrich-Platz: light art collages, luminous crystals in the trees, 4.5-meter installations of Earth and Mars and luminous swans on Piano Lake.


Street Food Market open until midnight

The Street Food Market in Varian-Fry-Strasse (in front of the CinemaxX) is open until midnight during the festival! The selection is great: Son Kitchen (Korean fusion cuisine), Frittenmafia (French fries in all variations), Deli by Buchkantine (fresh pasta), Gimme Gelato (ice cream factory). 


Installations 2021:

High-rise buildings
The light art collages on the two high-rise buildings Potsdamer Platz 1 and 11 – also known as Kollhoff Tower and Atrium Tower – are as colorful and diverse as the capital Berlin. This year’s festival motto “Creating Tomorrow” is displayed in large letters above the square as a message. As contrasts to each other, the two collages on the towers are created in the style of street art and modern digitalization – a sign of our development and pointing the way to our future. As a starting point for a tour of Potsdamer Platz, they will draw visitors into a futuristic environment.

Potsdamer Platz – “Earth”
What must and what can we do to protect the future of our planet and its people? The impressing installation “Earth” wants to sensibilize for these urgent topics. Designed uniquely for Potsdamer Platz and with a height of 4.5 meters, the earth ball representation is an unmissable memorial to stimulate the indispensable re-thinking of sustainability, diversity, humanity and more. Good to know: After the end of the festival, the sculpture will move on to the “EXPO 2020” in Dubai, together with the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS team.

Alte Potsdamer Straße – Luminous crystals in the treetops
The installation “Chrominerals” in the tops of the trees illuminates the beautiful avenue, makes it glitter and shine. The light spectrum of the crystals suspended in the treetops creates a wealth of colors, pastel or more powerful. Its depending on the perspective and the incidence of light. Unique and present everywhere in our universe, crystals have always symbolized beauty, energy and harmony. They fascinate people with their brilliance, enchanting with an incredible abundance of shapes and shades of color. This shimmering work of art by the French artist studio Pitaya completes the composition of past, present and future at Potsdamer Platz.

Marlene Dietrich Platz – “Mars“
The futuristic exploration of planet Mars allows answers to still unsolved questions about the origin and evolution of life. In the current “Year of Science,” the expeditions to the “Red Planet” are a tangible sign of mankind’s intense preoccupation with its own future and that of future generations. In light of the ongoing changes on Earth, the Mars Light art installation brings these forward-looking thoughts of humanity into focus. After the end of the festival, the sculpture will travel on to “EXPO 2020” in Dubai, together with the FESTIVAL OF LIGHT team.

Piano Lake – The Wild Swans
The Swan Dance is a poetic light installation on the water. Twelve luminous swans form into a mysterious dance. As the dance of the majestic birds develops, they begin to sing an abstract song and from their etheric voices a poetic, three-dimensional sound field emerges.

Theater at Potsdamer Platz (Marlene-Dietrich-Platz)
“Creating Tomorrow” – is not only the motto of this year´s Festival of Lights, it also fits perfectly to Disney´s major campaign “DISNEY PRINCESS: FOR ALL – FOREVER”. This year Disney is showing unique illustrations of the Disney Princesses, on the side of the theater at Potsdamer Platz. The installation focuses on the characters themselves, as well as the values of bravery, heart and kindness.


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