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UvA will host Amsterdam Light Festival again

Henk Strikkers,
1 december 2021 - 11:01

Starting this Thursday, the UvA will host some art projects of the Amsterdam Light Festival for the third year in a row. In the Plantage Muidergracht the Butterfly Effect will return, at the J/K Building of the Roeterseiland Campus luminous spiders climb up the facade.

The Butterfly Effect by Masamichi Shimada is an artwork in which seven luminous butterflies lie in the water of the canal. When a boat passes by, the butterflies move and light up in a blue color. In 2019, the seven butterflies were also located at this spot in the Plantage Muidergracht.


The artwork Spider on the Bridge by French Groupe LAPS was on display at the Kaasmarktsluis in the city center in 2018. Now, building J/K on the Roeterseiland campus is hosting the luminous spiders that seem to crawl up the building's facade.



The tenth edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival, like its predecessor, suffers from corona measures. The evening lockdown prohibits festivals from offering entertainment after 5 pm. Therefore, at least until December 19, the artworks will be switched on from 7 to 9 am and from 3 to 5 pm. The Butterfly Effect will remain on all night, because ‘the risk of accidents is too great,’ the organization announced.


The Amsterdam Light Festival can be viewed from the water with canal boats, or on foot. The festival runs from December 2 through January 23.