Schloss Bellevue ◆ presented by Bundespräsidialamt

Democracy in the best light

Task: Translate the topic into visual language

Democracy is not a given. one has to be kept informed about it and ideas have to be promoted for support. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is committed to this task and the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 2017 was proud to reinvent the topic of democracy artistically for him.

Idea: Democracy as a competition of ideas

Since democracy stands for the diversity of opinions, it was only natural to conceive the subject as a competition. A special award was designed. International video mapping artists showed their imaginative interpretations of the topic of "democracy" and thus entered the competition.

Implementation: The Federal President opens personally

A jury consisting of representatives of the Federal Presidential Office and the Festival of Lights as well as artists and professors from the video, film and art scene selected the finalists.

At the beginning of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife personally opened the competition. Six renowned international mapping artists from six countries competed against each other. Their diverse interpretations of the subject of democracy were projected onto the entire front of Schloss Bellevue and the audience voted democratically in an online voting. The turnout was high and there was a close decision for the German contribution.

Result: Democracy - a different conversation

The FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS communication platform made the creative competition for democracy known through classic media and social media. The opening speech of the Federal President was transmitted live on the net and underlined the importance of the event. At the same time, the Federal President's Office used its own media to participate in the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.


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