Copenhagen Light Festival


Over 45 light installations and equally many events in Central Copenhagen: Sculptural and architectonic light art, interactive media art, gobo projections, sound and light works, video art, laser projections, Winter in Tivoli, light walks, workshops, knowledge events, canal tours.

The Copenhagen Light Festival took place from February 2nd until March 2nd and hosted a lot of experiences with light art and design on the backdrop of city winter darkness. This open-air and predominantly free and non-commercial festival was open for both tourist and citizens all of February 2018 in the streets of central Copenhagen.

2017 was Danish-Chinese tourism year and Copenhagen city wanted to continue the good relations. One important element was the cooperation with the Chinese Embassy, who had a large program around Chinese New Year. A part of this was the light installation Lighten Up, which consisted of 46 rows of red Chinese lanterns illuminating ‘Strøget’ – the main pedestrian shopping street. Another important element was the legendary amusement park ‘Tivoli’ that opened in February for the first time. One of their new exhibits is 11 impressive Chinese floating and illuminated swans in origami style. A third element was the cooperation with Visit Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen as well as International House. Danish Lighting Center hosted the festival secretariat.

The festival comprised about 45 experiences with light from February 2nd through March 2nd. Please find below a few selected experiences:

• ‘Lighten Up’: On the Street the Chinese New Year was celebrated with 46 rows of Chinese lanterns, arranged by the Chinese Embassy in Denmark (2/2-12/2).
• The legendary amusement park ‘Tivoli’ opened in February for the first time and exhibits 5-6 new light installations including 11 impressive Chinese floating, illuminated swans in origami style (2/2-25/2)
• Artists Christian Lemmerz, Henrik Vibskov and John Kørner created experiences with 64 powerful LED luminaires.
• ‘The Door’: An interactive media installation that created a symbolistic, real time meeting across Sweden and Denmark (2/2-18/2)
• ‘The Wave’. Frost Festival contributed with the sound and lightwork on Ofelia Square and star installation in Rundetårn (2/2-25/2)
• March 2nd (festival closure) numerous light installations will illuminated with red light to honour to the Chinese lantern day
• March 2nd: A closing event was planned to include synchronized fireworks, lighting design and drumming concert near the harbour front. A prize for the best light installation of Copenhagen Light Festival was awarded at a special ceremony
• Focus video art festival showed 10 works in the Cultural neighbourhood (15/2-2/3)
• Canal boat tours to view of light installations in the harbour, on the boats and landing bridges
• Poetic gobo projection of a moon balloon on façade near Nikolaj Church.
• ‘Temperature Field’ – a major light installation in Ørestad.
• A major signature light installation in the harbour
• Interactive media art in
• Dynamic light installation on museum ‘Glyptoteket’
• Lots of other light art and design experiences in central Copenhagen and along the harbour
• Permanent illuminated experiences: Langebro, Cirkelbroen (, The Inner Harbour Bridge, Danish Industry Building, Danish Energy, Copenhagen University and Royal Danish Library, The Playhouse, The Opera House, Nyhavn and many more

Danish Industry, Copenhagen, Denmark





February 2, 2018 - March 2, 2018


Copenhagen, Denmark