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Germany: Festival of Lights kicks off in Berlin amid energy crisis

Multicoloured art installations lit up Berlin’s landmarks and historical sites on Friday night as the 2022 Festival of Lights kicked off in the German capital to the great delight of residents and tourists.

Visitors to the festival could also be seen personally experiencing the ‘Lightbattle III’ on Potsdamer Platz, creating interactive light effects by pedalling bicycles.

According to the organisers, the bright and dazzling installations this year are based on the most economical and modern lighting technologies and will use 100 percent renewable energy, consuming 75 percent less electricity than in the previous year, as a response to the ongoing energy crisis in the world, caused by soaring prices of fuel.

The Festival of Light is taking place in Berlin for the 18th time. Until October 16, around 70 light artworks by various international artists will be on display at 35 locations across Berlin. Among the most popular with spectators, festival venues are expected to be the Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Bebelplatz, Berlin TV Tower and the Nikolai Quarter.

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