18. August 2021 — 03. October 2021

© IMWI and Computer Studio of the University of Music Karlsruhe, Nucleus, 2021, Image: Patrick Borgeat

The SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe return from August 18 and let the Karlsruhe Palace illuminate with breathtaking projections.

After their departure into virtual space with the digital edition 2020, the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe 2021 will return to the baroque facade of Karlsruhe Palace from August 18 to October 3. In addition to the three digital shows »Matter Matters« by Maxin10sity, Attitude Indicator by TNL as well as Changes³ by from last year, there will be another new show to see. The visitors can also look forward to the winning production of the BBBank Newcomer Award Karlskompensator by Genelabo / Crushed Eyes Media.

“We are very happy to return to the city and the palace with the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE. The digital, however, will remain with us; furthermore, we want to reach people worldwide with the artistic works of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE from the UNESCO City of Media Arts to reach people worldwide.”

Prof. Peter Weibel, curator of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE and artistic-scientific director of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.

The Light Festival Karlsruhe takes place parallel to the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE: The city becomes a stage and exhibition space, visitors can experience light art and illuminations at decentralized stations.

BBBank Young Talent Award presented for the first time

For the first time, the ZKM – Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, the KME Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH and the UNESCO City of Media Arts Karlsruhe, with the support of BBBank, announced and awarded the international BBBank Newcomer Award in Projection Mapping. From more than 60 applications, a jury of experts chose the show Karlskompensator by Genelabo and his team from Crushed Eyes Media as the winner.

With the financial support, the winners can now produce their contribution for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe 2021. The Karlskompensator takes viewers on a fantastic journey through the history of the city of Karlsruhe. It separates the different eras and at the same time functions as a connecting element of the show. Partially, individual components of the Karlskompensator will appear, dial new dates and transfer us to the next epoch. Historical, ethical and technological milestones of the city of Karlsruhe will come to life on the castle facade – Karlsruhe Palace will become a time machine.

BBBank is sponsoring the joint project as part of the anniversary of the 100th anniversary of the bank, which was founded and is headquartered in Karlsruhe.

SLS 2021 – Taking life into your own hands

“A year of apathy, fear, distance and pondering lies behind us. As an escape button from our own four walls, there was the virtual space in which we migrated more or less involuntarily. It provided each of us with a digital form of existence. Now life is within reach again. We can take life in our hands again and reach for the opportunities and horizons of analog life. The Schlosslichtspiele celebrate both forms of existence: The virtual spaces in the real castle park.”

Prof. Peter Weibel


The shows will be seen both at the castle itself and digitally. On-site attendance will be heavily dependent on the applicable incidence rate and the corresponding regulations. Therefore, the Schlosslichtspiele Karlsruhe 2021 will probably not yet take place in the usual form but along alternative concepts. For example, lingering in front of the castle, with seating and stands, is currently not planned. For this reason, there will be a reduced number of shows per evening, which will, however, be repeated several times.

Organization / Institution

A joint project of the KME – Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH and the ZKM | Karlsruhe

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