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The artwork

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 during Hamburg Cruise Days pur from 19 to 28 August. The artwork illuminates the port and Hamburg’s most attractive landmarks with a magical blue light.

This year, there will even be a royal visitor at the official start of the illuminations: Queen Mary 2 will be accompanying the Light-up on Friday evening, at 9.15 pm on 19 August.

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, Cologne, Shanghai, São Paulo, Frankfurt and Berlin. Batz first made a name for himself in Hamburg with Blue Goals, the citywide light installation he created to coincide with the 2006 World Cup. He unveiled his Blue Port Hamburg concept for the first time at the first Hamburg Cruise Days festival in 2008, and is now proud to present the eighth edition.