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People gather on Bebelplatz for the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.
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In pictures: Berlin's Festival of Lights transforms famous landmarks

By Scott Brownlee

The 17th annual Berlin Festival of Lights returned to the German capital earlier this month, shining a new light on the city.

The festival is known for its illumination of key landmarks throughout Berlin - including the Siegessäule, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom, and many other sites around the city.

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Projections on the Berlin Cathedral at the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.Michael Sohn/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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Tourists stop in front of the Brandenburg Gate at the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.Michael Sohn/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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People gather at the Berlin Concert Hall for the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP or licensors

Organisers this year selected the theme: 'Creating Tomorrow', which saw artists highlight the environmental challenges facing the global population.

Artists turned the spotlight on concepts of sustainability, e-mobility, CO2 neutrality, renewable energies, and digitalisation.

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"Subsidise climate protection, fair taxes, invest in the future" projected onto the German ministry of finance for the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP or licensors
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"Tolerance" is projected in large letters on the Berlin Cathedral for the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.Paul Zinken/ Copyright 2021, dpa (www.dpa.de).

This year attendees of the festival were treated to light shows, projections and video art at 70 different locations across the city.

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Charlottenburg Palace illuminated for the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.Michael Sohn/Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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Potsdamer Platz during the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.Annegret Hilse/REUTERS

The inaugural festival took place in 2005 and today it is considered one of the most successful light shows in the world.

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People gather in front of the Berlin State Opera at the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP or licensors
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Berlin Cathedral illuminated at the "Festival of Lights" in Berlin, September, 2021.JOACHIM HERRMANN/REUTERS

The Festival of Lights is one of Berlin's most successful annual events, attracting over a million tourists every year.

For 10 nights Berlin's most iconic landmarks were brought to life in one of Europe's largest open-air art shows.