The Amsterdam Light Festival has opened with the aim of bringing a little illumination and color into the gloomy days and nights of winter that are settling over the Dutch capital. In a giant open-air exhibition that lasts until Jan. 18, the waterways and web of canals that make up the historic heart of Amsterdam form a backdrop for dozens of works of art, ranging from a huge glowing origami-style boat to a sphere of lights that changes color according to the mood of the city, gauged, its creators say, by online posts. There are two ways to see the festival: on foot or a canal cruise. This year is the third edition of the light festival.
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