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Waterlicht Maasmechelen 29, 30 September + 1 October
Waterlicht Maasmechelen 29, 30 September + 1 October
SPARK Auckland
SPARK Auckland
Marvel at thousands of biodegradable sparks as they come to life to illuminate the city of Auckland in New Zealand for three special evenings this summer.

Inspired by the breathtaking lights of fireflies, flocks of birds and galaxies of stars, Roosegaarde draws on state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly technology to present SPARK Auckland, a night-time spectacle for the senses.

This free, relaxed outdoor event invites Aucklanders to revel in the interconnectedness of humans and nature. As the dazzling display rises and falls on natural air currents before us, it creates a stunning alternative to traditional communal celebrations – and a feeling of child-like wonder that can bring us all together.

Imagined by Dutch designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, this organic floating light work has held thousands across Bilbao, Madrid, and London in raptures. Now, for three nights only, be among the first in the Southern Hemisphere to experience the magic for yourself. Bring your friends, family and a blanket, and be amazed under the sparks.

Welcome 24, 25 and 26 March 20.00 to 23.00 at Pukekawa / Auckland Domain. Register here to claim your free tickets.
30,000 visitors SPARK Madrid
30,000 visitors SPARK Madrid
SPARK Madrid
SPARK Madrid
If you’re in the Spanish capital of Madrid on 3 and 4 January, then head to the Sabatini Gardens to experience awe.

Our luminous cloud SPARK consisting of a myriad of sparkling lights floating in the air will only take place in the evenings of 3 and 4 January from 19.00 to 23:00, free entrance.

SPARK fuses art and nature and is inspired by fireflies and the galaxy, as alternative to polluting fireworks and drones. Through a combination of design and technology, thousands of sparks of light made from biodegradable materials will float silently on the ever-changing wind.

Join us in our journey towards an environmentally friendly city.
SPARK Provence
SPARK Provence
Our poetic performance SPARK goes to Aix-en-Provence, France as the closing evening of the Biennale of art and culture.

Artist Daan Roosegaarde was inspired to combine traditional components such as fireflies and fireworks but now infused by new biodegradable materials. Welcome Wednesday 21 December 18:30-21:30 at Avenue Mozart – Terrasses du Grand Théâtre, free admission.
Movie premiere SEEING STARS Leiden
Movie premiere SEEING STARS Leiden
See the stars in your own street. It might sound like a fairytale, but the Dutch city of Leiden achieved this by switching off its lights.

Watch the movie premiere of SEEING STARS Leiden in which a city is transformed to create a new sense of community. It was so mysterious to walk with so many people in a dark city and see the stars, as part of the Leiden European City of Science 2022. In a time of energy crisis, SEEING STARS Leiden shows the beauty of less.
Gates of Light
Gates of Light
Lights off, stars on
Lights off, stars on
"Last night the city of Leiden was a remarkable experiment: SEEING STARS Leiden. In the wide vicinity of the Leiden Observatory, all the lights were turned off by thousands of citizens. Although it was cloudy, we suddenly saw Saturn and other stars in the historical streets of Leiden. It was so mysterious to walk with so many people in a dark city. I felt like an astronaut on Earth.” - Daan Roosegaarde
Seeing Stars Leiden
Seeing Stars Leiden
Official date for Seeing Stars Leiden
Official date for Seeing Stars Leiden
It’s official: The city of Leiden will switch off its city lights on September 25 between 22.00 till 23.30 to see the stars together. Lights off, stars on. All citizens of Leiden are encouraged to participate. SEEING STARS Leiden is accompanied with a cultural and citizen science program as part of the Leiden European City of Science 2022.
Light pollution
Light pollution
SEEING STARS Leiden is in one of the most light polluted areas in the world. More than 80% of the world’s population lives under light-polluted skies; a barrier preventing us from experiencing the beauty of the universe.
Urban Sun at the Solar Biennale
Urban Sun at the Solar Biennale
URBAN SUN cleans public spaces of the coronavirus with a safe far-UVC 222nm light to bring human well-being.

URBAN SUN will be exhibited as part of The Solar Biennale on 10 and 11 September at monument de Boeg next to Erasmusbrug in Rotterdam. During two evenings there will be a program of spoken word, dance and conversations about the power of light under URBAN SUN. Free entrance at 21.00-23.00. Full information.
Urban Sun
Urban Sun
SPARK London
SPARK London
Organic fireworks
Organic fireworks
SPARK London premiere
SPARK London premiere
This year’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival opens with the spectacular UK premiere of SPARK London to create a reimagined and environmentally responsible public celebration, which updates the ritual of fireworks.

Welcome at the National Maritime Museum in London on 26 and 27 August 21.00-23.00, free entrance.
SMOG FREE TOWER
SMOG FREE TOWER
With SMOG FREE TOWER we create clean air parks in public spaces. The SMOG FREE TOWER uses a small amount of green energy to clean 30,000 m3 of air every hour. True beauty is clean air.
Organic fireworks SPARK live in Bilbao
Organic fireworks SPARK live in Bilbao
Our premiere of SPARK Bilbao is a poetic performance of thousands of biodegradable light sparks floating in the air. SPARK Bilbao is a new sustainable celebration to inspire wonder, as alternative for polluting fireworks, drones, or balloons.

Watch the new amazing movie or visit The Wellbeing Summit 1-3 June in the public Doña Casilda Iturrizar Park of Bilbao-Biscay, Spain, 22.30-00.00 free entrance.
SPARK
SPARK
Waterlicht Loevestein
Waterlicht Loevestein
Waterlicht Loevestein Castle
Waterlicht Loevestein Castle
WATERLICHT returned to the Netherlands at the special location of Loevestein Castle.

With thousands of visitors, WATERLICHT created a collective experience at this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site to remind us of the importance of water innovation and the impact of climate change.
Seeing Stars Leiden
Seeing Stars Leiden
The mayor of Leiden has confirmed the collaboration with Studio Roosegaarde to realise SEEING STARS as part of the Leiden European City of Science 2022.
WindZicht
WindZicht
WATERLICHT
WATERLICHT
SPARK Bilbao
SPARK Bilbao
SPARK
SPARK
Wonder and reflect
Wonder and reflect
SPARK Bilbao transforms traditional and polluting methods of celebrations such as balloons, confetti and drones into a new sustainable, community celebration. 1-3 June at The Wellbeing Summit in Bilbao-Biscay.
Inspired by fireflies
Inspired by fireflies
Last month of exhibition TOUCH
Last month of exhibition TOUCH
A single touch can change everything. TOUCH celebrates the power of human connection at museum Draiflessen Collection. The artwork’s electronic sensor field senses when two visitors join hands and transforms into a 4,300 m3 galaxy of stars. Visit it now till February 27 in Mettingen, Germany.
SEEING STARS world news
SEEING STARS world news
SEEING STARS switches off the city lights to bring back the stars to your own street, as you can see here in Franeker NL in collaboration with UNESCO. Thank you Beau RTL TV, El Pais, Fastcompany, Designboom, Elle, La Repubblica, De Volkskrant and millions of people in sharing the story of SEEING STARS.
Seeing Stars
Seeing Stars
Everybody should have the right to see the stars
Everybody should have the right to see the stars
SEEING STARS is our new collaboration with UNESCO and the city of Franeker to bring back the stars in your own street.
SEEING STARS enables everyone to experience the magic of starlight again
SEEING STARS enables everyone to experience the magic of starlight again
“I am so proud to switch off all the lights in our city, to see the stars and feel connected with each other.” - Marga Waanders, mayor of Franeker in SEEING STARS.
Urban Sun at Cooper Hewitt New York
Urban Sun at Cooper Hewitt New York
The exhibition "Design and Healing" at Cooper Hewitt in New York presents creative design responses to COVID-19, including our URBAN SUN. Open for public till 20 February, 2023.
TOUCH opens
TOUCH opens
TOUCH
TOUCH
TOUCH transforms museum Draiflessen Collection into an ephemeral dream world of light through the joining of hands.

What was until recently a completely everyday, self-evident act of human encounter is suddenly no longer so: the mutual touch, the embrace or the handshake. Roosegaarde addresses this moment and the significance of this human connection in his expansive installation developed especially for the Draiflessen Collection.

In the museum's 4,300 m3 exhibition space, Roosegaarde has created TOUCH, an interactive work of art that captivates visitors as they enter, creates a sense of wonder, and invites and inspires them to act without words. The fact that our perception and action are specifically directed towards this special act of connection unravels at the very moment of touch: this is the key to an imposing visual explosion that transports us and our counterpart into a new universe when the artwork’s electronic field senses when two visitors join hands and through this interaction, light is then coded into thousands of star lights.

28.11.2021 until 27.02.2022 in Mettingen, Germany.
Waterlicht
Waterlicht
WATERLICHT Germany opens
WATERLICHT Germany opens
WATERLICHT is a collective experience to raise awareness of climate change worldwide.
Get inspired, take action
Get inspired, take action
Upcoming: Waterlicht Germany premiere
Upcoming: Waterlicht Germany premiere
Our monumental light installation WATERLICHT is back and celebrates its German premiere in Oberhausen. As a virtual flood of light WATERLICHT will immerse the Peter Behrens Building in blue light and raise awareness of rising water levels worldwide. In doing so, WATERLICHT questions how we as societies can deal with rising water levels of different origins in a local and global context.

In Oberhausen, the artwork is set in relation to the challenges of eternity. As a result of coal mining, the Ruhr region has sunk by up to 25 meters. Without the constant pumping of groundwater, large parts of the region would be flooded and a lake landscape of up to 90km in length would be created. Intensive research is being conducted not only into how the water can be extracted but how the heat of the water from underground can be used to generate energy.

Welcome at Future 21 WATERLICHT 5 and 6 November 19:30 till 00:00 in Oberhausen, Germany.
Techno poetry opens in Italy
Techno poetry opens in Italy