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The concept

Blue Port Hamburg – Magical Colour, Enchanted Harbour


In 2019, Blue Port Hamburg is again being held in the week before the Hamburg Cruise Days and during the event weekend. It will be bathing the harbour and Hamburg’s loveliest landmarks in a magical blue light.

The grand official light-up ceremony takes place a week before the Hamburg Cruise Days starts – and then, 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.

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.

As in previous years, partners and sponsors supported Batz in 2017: Hamburg Convention Bureau, Cruise Gate Hamburg, Promotion Pool Hamburger Hotellerie e.V., Tourismusverband Hamburg e.V. and many others and HG-Technik for the technical implementation. Thanks to their support Blue Port Hamburg will once more be a sensational event for the city, a sensuous experience for the people.