From Sunday, September 24, 2017, to Thursday, September 28, 2017, the World Canals Conference will take place in Syracuse, NY. On Wednesday, September 27, Felix Guttmann will be one of the speakers. For the full schedule click here.
World Canals Conference 2017
This year’s World Canals Conference themed “Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation,” is a five-day world-class conference 200 years in the making. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Erie Canal and enjoy exploring the waterways and communities of Central New York.
Dutch presence on Wednesday, September 27
Celebrating & Interpreting Canals Through Public Art & Events
- Session 1: 8:30am-10am – “RiverArt: A Regional Development Project”, Dr. J.F. Bakker
- Session 2: 10:30am-12:00pm – “Extending the Season with Light Art Festivals”, Felix Guttmann, Amsterdam Light Festival
- Panel Discussion- Dave Ballinger, Past President of Inland Waterways International, leads a panel of representatives invited from Rideau Canal, Canada; Grand Canal, China; Canal du Midi, France; Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wales; Amsterdam Ring, NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual light art festival in Amsterdam. Artists, architects and (light) designers from all over the world bring their light artworks and installations alive during the festival every winter. The artworks are placed alongside two routes. Each route has their own theme, set of artworks and visitor experience. Water Colors, the boat rout, displays big monumental objects and offers visitors the chance to experience the art from a water perspective. Illuminade, the walking route, shows interactive and innovative installations from upcoming designers in the Plantage neighborhood.
About Felix Guttmann
Chairman, Amsterdam Light Festival. Six years ago, Felix initiated the Amsterdam Light Festival, a cultural festival of light and water along Amsterdam’s dense network of canals, shining light during the long, dark Dutch winter. The festival has attracted more than a million visitors.