Schlosslichtspiele 2021

18 Aug 2021 – 3 Oct 2021

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Free admission

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe, Germany

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The SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe return from August 18 and let the Karlsruhe Palace illuminate with breathtaking projections.


After their departure into virtual space with the digital edition 2020, the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe 2021 will return to the baroque facade of Karlsruhe Palace from August 18 to October 3. In addition to the three digital shows »Matter Matters« by Maxin10sity, »Attitude Indicator« by TNL as well as »Changes³« by ruestungsschmie.de from last year, there will be another new show to see. The visitors can also look forward to the winning production of the BBBank Newcomer Award »Karlskompensator« by Genelabo / Crushed Eyes Media.

"We are very happy to return to the city and the palace with the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE" says Prof. Peter Weibel, curator of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE and artistic-scientific director of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. "The digital, however, will remain with us; furthermore, we want to reach people worldwide with the artistic works of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE from the UNESCO City of Media Arts to reach people worldwide."

The Light Festival Karlsruhe takes place parallel to the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE: The city becomes a stage and exhibition space, visitors can experience light art and illuminations at decentralized stations.

The shows will be seen both at the castle itself and digitally. On-site attendance will be heavily dependent on the applicable incidence rate and the corresponding regulations. Therefore, the Schlosslichtspiele Karlsruhe 2021 will probably not yet take place in the usual form but along alternative concepts. For example, lingering in front of the castle, with seating and stands, is currently not planned. For this reason, there will be a reduced number of shows per evening, which will, however, be repeated several times.

SLS 2021: »Taking life into your own hands«:

»A year of apathy, fear, distance and pondering lies behind us. As an escape button from our own four walls, there was the virtual space in which we migrated more or less involuntarily. It provided each of us with a digital form of existence. Now life is within reach again. We can take life in our hands again and reach for the opportunities and horizons of analog life. The Schlosslichtspiele celebrate both forms of existence: The virtual spaces in the real castle park.« – Peter Weibel

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