This week, I attended the annual occurrence of the Festival of Lights in Berlin. This event occurs once a year for an entire week that transforms landmarks across Berlin using projectors and 3D animation. I had the suitable to visit some of these landmarks, including the TV Tower and the Brandenburg Gate. My favourite illumination occurred right before my university at Humboldt, which you can see in the picture. When hearing about this event, I assumed it would only be a light show, similar to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City. To my surprise, it was a mix of lights, animation, and music that fit perfectly with what they were showing.
What I appreciated about this festival was that, in my opinion, there is more emphasis on enjoying the art and the experience of watching the show. What I mean by this is that there weren’t a lot of vendors trying to sell souvenirs or food during the show. There were some vendors, but it wasn’t “part of the experience”, if that makes sense. Another aspect of this festival I liked was that it is accessible to the public and you don’t have to reserve a ticket. You can visit landmarks across the city, and you will be able to see and enjoy these beautiful illuminations.