Deadline: 11 March
Call for entries

Concepts: Amsterdam Light Festival 2016-2017

Amsterdam Light Festival invites you (artists, designers, engineers and architects) to submit ideas for artworks to be staged at the festival’s 2016 – 2017 edition. The fifth edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival will take place in the city center of Amsterdam from end of November 2016 till January 2017.


For the first time the festival introduces two themes which both relate to one of each of the exhibition routes:

Water Colors, Boat route: View on Amsterdam

We aspire artworks that offer a new and unexpected view on Amsterdam, its history, its architecture, its relations and international role, as well as its future. Being a historic city that has always welcomed people from all backgrounds and from all over the world, Amsterdam is a densely populated capital that bubbles and buzzes of activity, thoughts and new ideas.

Illuminade, walking route: Biomimicry

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges, by emulating nature’s patterns and strategies. The goal of Biomimicry is to create products, processes, and policies—and ultimately new ways of living—that are well-adapted to human life on Planet Earth over the long haul. We encourage artists to team up with scientists and (software) technologists, and submit as a multi-disciplinary team that addresses the theme of Biomimicry in a way that surprises, inspires, raises questions and engages viewers of all ages and all backgrounds.

Open to All

With the call for concepts, the festival invites anyone to submit individual interpretations of these themes. Read more about it in the Artists briefing. In order to request the full artists briefing, please fill out the form at:

The deadline for submissions is March 11 2016, 10 AM: CET.