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The concept

Blue is the colour of the sky, of infinity and the deep ocean. BLUE PORT HAMBURG transforms the face of Hamburg’s port with a tranquil artwork that focuses the gaze on the beauty of the maritime environment.



BLUE PORT HAMBURG is a spectacular citywide light show that adds a touch of magic to the city on the Elbe River: the artwork illuminates the port and Hamburg’s most attractive landmarks with a magical blue light.

The official light-up ceremony takes place on the evening of 6 September, a week before the Hamburg Cruise Days starts. On each following day, the installation will extend a little further out into the harbour so that dozens of illuminated buildings, bridges and objects along the waterfront gradually merge to form a single, unforgettable artwork. As in 2017, the illumination project will shine in two phases: from 6-12 September as Blue Port Art, and from 13-15 September as Blue Port Event during the Hamburg Cruise Days.

The creator of Blue Port Hamburg is the international light artist Michael Batz. His award-winning light projects and concepts have been seen in Salzburg, Florence, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Berlin. Batz first made a name for himself with Blue Goals, the city-wide light installation he created to coincide with the 2006 World Cup. He staged his Blue Port Hamburg concept for the first time at the first Hamburg Cruise Days festival in 2008. This year will be the seventh time the installation has been mounted.