Start of Highlight Delft 2024 Celebrated at Theater de Veste


In a lively gathering last night, Theater de Veste hosted the spirited kick-off event heralding the onset of Highlight Delft. Set to unfold in three months, the festival is poised to be a remarkable convergence of creativity and innovation. The kick-off drinks saw the presence of the Highlight Delft’s team, production crew, and a dedicated assembly of volunteers, pivotal to the seamless execution of the upcoming event.

Teun Verkerk, the artistic director of Highlight Delft, provided a tantalizing glimpse into the diverse offerings of the festival, ranging from interactive installations to groundbreaking ideas from students. Niké Mulder, the marketing and communications manager, outlined the promotional strategies that will unfold in the months leading up to the festival. Volunteer coordinator Suus Bout extended a warm welcome to the volunteers during the kick-off reception, emphasizing their essential role in ensuring the festival’s success. This provided an opportunity for volunteers to connect, sharing their enthusiasm for the impending festivities.

Many of the volunteers present had previously participated in the festival, excitedly recounting their positive experiences, “The works were truly outstanding last year, and that’s why I wouldn’t miss this edition for anything!” Some volunteers even already indicated their preferred shifts, with two retired gentlemen good-naturedly opting for early shifts, humorously remarking, “Leave the late shifts to the youngsters!”

Scheduled to unfold from February 15 to February 17, the festival promises a distinctive fusion of art and technology, featuring captivating installations and performances scattered throughout downtown Delft. Themed around perception, Highlight Delft seeks to celebrate innovation and imagination with a mind-bending program.

The success of Highlight Delft hinges on the dedicated efforts of volunteers, who contribute to bringing the magic of art and technology to the city. If you wish to experience Highlight Delft up close, consider becoming a volunteer. Enjoy the flexibility to decide how many days you contribute. Sign up through the provided form or reach out via email to volunteer coordinator Suus at volunteers@highlightdelft.nl.

See you at Highlight Delft 2024!


Winner STUD open call announced

Micheal “Mikkel” Olthof was named the winner of the STUD open call last Wednesday. His pitch about the immersive experience Curved Sounds impressed the jury greatly. Students from different programs participated in the open call at the TU Science Centre. With the support of Highlight Delft’s curatorial and tech team Mikkel further develop his project in the coming months.


Leiden-based product designer Michael “Mikkel” Olthof has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Next Level Engineering and a master’s degree in Media Technology. In doing so, he combines the fields of computer science, engineering, design, and art. These multidisciplinary skills enable him to turn the most creative ideas into beautiful reality. As an artist, he draws much of his inspiration from natural materials combined with modern technology.

Curved Sounds

Curved Sounds is an installation in which Mikkel makes Lissajous figures auditory. This can be compared to an 8D sound-experience where you hear the sound and feel it moving around you. In collaboration with Highlight Delft, Mikkel will develop Curved Sounds to become visually perceptible.

Lissajous figures are complex curves created by combining two sine waves with right angles to each other. The basic shape is created by the motion of a point affected by two harmonic vibrations, one one horizontal and one vertical, with the frequency relationship between these vibrations determining the resulting pattern. These figures range from simple shapes such as rectangles and circles to more complex structures, depending on the frequency ratio. Simple fractures produce symmetrical patterns. They are often displayed on oscilloscopes by electronically generated sine waves.

STUD X Highlight Delft

Highlight Delft organized this open call in cooperation with student employment agency STUD. This involved looking for a student who would like to create a work of art for Highlight Delft 2024, focusing on the creative application of technology. For this, students had to organize a pitch of up to three minutes in which they presented their idea. The winning idea was selected by a jury consisting of STUD board members, Highlight Delft’s curatorial and tech team and students who have previously presented projects at Highlight Delft.

Highlight Delft will take place in downtown Delft from 15 – 17 February 2024. Tickets are available.


Richard Vijgen is artist in residence at TerraIndex for Highlight Delft 2024

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On sale now: SH4DOW!

Tickets for SH4DOW, the special international theater performance at Theater de Veste during Highlight 2024 from Feb. 15 to 17, are on sale now! Read more >


Recap Highlight Delft 2023


Photos 2023

Throwback to the 2023 Highlight Delft Innovative art & technology route

More photos on Facebook.


Volunteer at Highlight Delft 2024

Highlight Delft cannot exist without volunteers! Would you like to be a part of Highlight Delft’s energetic team? Do you want to experience the festival up close? Then sign up now!

From February 15 – 17, Highlight Delft will present unique collaborations between artists, scientists, (tech) companies and students. The visitor will be enchanted and made to think about how we as humans can shape our future and environment.

The theme this year is perception. Do you see what I see? Visitors will experience roughly twenty unique locations and installations. While walking through the city, they will connect Delft’s rich history to the scientific progress of the university.

As a volunteer you will host our visitors at the locations and check their wristbands. On the night itself we will make sure you are well fed as you and other volunteers enjoy a meal together. Oh, and did we mention the goodie bag? At the end of your shift you’ll join other volunteers for a drink to end the night! Any questions? Send an email to volunteers@highlightdelft.nl

Oh and… save the date: on the evening of November 15 you are welcome to attend the crew kickoff! Here we’ll get to know each other over drinks and you’ll learn all about the festival. What are you waiting for? Sign up now. See you at Highlight Delft!


Open call – Student Artist wanted! Create an artwork for Highlight Delft 2024

Update 3 November: The STUD Open Call will take place on Wednesday 8 November! Doors open at 17:30, first pitch at 18:00. We’ll make sure there’s pizza!

Update 2 November: Due to storm Ciarán, we have decided to move tonight’s 6 p.m. STUD Open Call to a later date. We are extremely bummed that we have to cancel the Open Call today, but feel it is irresponsible to ask people to hit the road in this weather. 

We are currently busy planning a new date for the Open Call, we’ll of course share this information as soon as possible!


STUD and Highlight Delft are looking for students with new ideas for an artwork or creative project in Delft. Highlight Delft and STUD will financially support the realization of the best ideas and present them during the Highlight Delft 2024 festival, on 15-17 February 2024. Read more >


‘What is real and what is not? Maybe there is no difference.’

The upcoming 2024 edition of Highlight Delft revolves around perception. Is everything we see real? And do we really see everything that there is? Artistic director of the festival, Teun Verkerk, explains why this theme is so tantalizing right now. Read more >


Guided tour & Photo tour

Highlight Delft tours: who takes the most beautiful photo, and learn everything about the works of art.


During a photo walk, you will see the most interesting installations of the route through the eyes of a professional photographer. Learn to choose the best point of view and the most beautiful composition during the Photo tour. You can participate with a smartphone or a camera. Photography knowledge is not necessary, ‘seeing fresh’ starts with learning where to look.

Share your photos with the hashtag #HighlightDelft on social media and tag @HighlightDelft.

Guided tour Highlight Delft 2023


During a Guided tour we will take you along a number of artworks. We will tell you more about the background of the artist, the installation and their motivation. In addition, we will also tell you stories from behind the scenes.

What is it you always wanted to know about the art of Highlight Delft?


Buy a Day ticket + tour through our ticket shop. You can choose one of two routes, Delft City Centre or TU Delft Campus.

Subject to availability you can always book a tour at one of the hubs, matching the day of your ticket.

If you want to book your own private group tour, please contact Highlight Delft.

Highlight Delft Photo Tour - Kaique Rocha

Photo credits: Kaique Rocha, Fred Leeflang.


Workshop Tag Tool

Pick inspiration from the world around you and participate in a huge light artwork during Highlight Delft.

Look through the eyes of the innovative artists of Highlight Delft. What possibilities do we see? Be inspired, think outside the box and design the future during this workshop. Draw, paint and animate live projections with the Tag Tool app.

A white canvas is waiting for you. Do you fill this in a colorful and above all optimistical manner? Participation is free. As a reward you will receive a free entrance ticket to Highlight Delft 16-18 February 2023.

Tag Tool Workshop Highlight Delft 2023
Draw, paint and animate live projections during Highlight Delft

Practical information

Workshop Tag Tool:

  • Date: 16, 17 and 18 February 2023
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Location: TU Delft Science Centre

Participation is free, and you’ll get a free Highlight Delft e-ticket to visit the festival as well. Sign up using this form. Questions? Please contact Femke Dekker at femke@kite-education.nl. Target audience of the workshop are young people aged 14 to 27 and secondary school teachers. Each workshop is led by experienced art teachers from KITE-educatie.


Performance program

New in 2023: In collaboration with Theater de Veste Highlight Delft proudly presents the inspiring and interactive performance program.

Join This isn’t Solo and play along with Knurl, the interactive cello on Friday 17 february. Listen to the enchanting sounds of Soft Revolvers Saturday 18 February. Between Copper and Zinc gives you the chance to feel part of a music piece all three days on 17 and 18 February.

Choose your ticket wisely! Why not buy a passepartout ticket and visit the innovative art & technology route in Delft whenever you want, during all three days of the event?


17 February

Kunrad – Between Copper and Zinc: 18:00, 20:00, 22:00 h.

Rafaele Andrade & Sabrina Verhage – This isn’t Solo: 19:00, 21:00, 23:00 h.

18 February

Kunrad – Between Copper and Zinc: 18:30, 20:30, 22:30 h.

Myriam Bleau – Soft Revolvers 19:30, 21:30 h.

Location: Theater de Veste, Delft.

(times are subject to change)

Preview event Highlight Delft 2023

Sneak Preview video of Highlight Delft 2023 was made by César Montilla/Monces Media.


Volunteers wanted for Highlight Delft

Highlight Delft is looking for volunteers 16-18 February 2023

Are you available as a volunteer during Highlight Delft? We are looking for volunteers to make sure the innovative art & technology route rolls smoothly. Highlight Delft exists of extraordinary installations showing a possible future worthwhile thinking of, completed by performances and exhibitions at Theater de Veste, The Social Hub and Expositieruimte 38CC.

Two hubs and starting points

  • City Centre Delft
  • TU Delft Campus

Visitors start from a hub with their own route and visit unique locations with over 20 installations. This way we connect the rich history of Delft with the scientific innovations of the university of Delft. Among the available vacancies are: host at a location, ticket control, guiding visitors and give meaning to the artworks. Highlight Delft cannot exist without volunteers!

Would you like to help and be part of this energetic team, and get to know what Highlight Delft is all about? Apply via this link or send an email to Volunteer Coordinator Suus.

What’s in it for me?

Having dinner together with fellow volunteers before your shift starts, and there will be drinks to close the day! Save the date: in the evening of 13 February 2023 you are welcome at the very special crew kick-off! Let’s get to know each other and have a drink, while we provide you with all information about the event. And you will also receive a very special Highlight Delft collectors item. We hope to see you then!

Highlight Delft will take place 16-18 February 2023 and will be open three nights 17:30-23:30 hours (5:30-11:30 pm). You can help us one or more night, please enrol via this link or send an email to Volunteer Coordinator Suus.

Photo: Pexels/Fauxels


Open Call winner: Armand Lesecq

Highlight Delft, Theater de Veste and iii are happy to announce the selection results of the Open Call Binaural Audio Art.

The jury reviewed 17 proposals for a newly commissioned audio artwork to be presented by Highlight Festival at Theatre de Veste in the foyers, making use of a silent disco headphone system.

The jury selected Armand Lesecq based on his proposal to create an immersive audio and musical experience, focusing on the boundaries between the outer environment and our inner perception of it. The artist will receive a fee of € 3.000 to create the new work which will premiere on February 16th 2023. 

About the artist: 

Armand Lesecq (1994, FR) is an interdisciplinary artist & sound designer currently based in Paris and The Hague (NL). Armand’s work is focused on the relationship between perception, awareness and imagination. Through sound and/or visual compositions, he guides the audience into reflective and introspective inner meanders. He studied sound techniques, electroacoustic composition at Pantin’s conservatory (FR) and Arts at the HEAR Strasbourg (FR), and holds a master degree of the ArtScience Interfaculty (KABK & KC) in The Hague (NL).

The jury: 

Simon Aerts (Highlight Delft), Mirjam Wesselink (Theater de Veste) and Matteo Marangoni (iii). 

Made possible by Makerssubsidie Delft & Theater de Veste.

(photo of Armand by Gregory Dargent)


Wanted: photographers

We are looking for photographers to shoot film and photos at Highlight Delft 2023.

Are you a fan of innovative art & technology and do you know all about light, shapes and composition? Send us your portfolio now and become a Testlab Highlight Delft content creator. We are looking for image makers who also are savy in creating short reels and videos for our social media.


Early bird tickets on sale now

Highlight Delft is back! The fifth edition of the innovative art & technology route will take place 16-18 February 2023 in Delft. Register now for your early bird ticket and discover two walking routes with fascinating installations and ideas of the future in February.

We are pleased to announce the start of the Highlight Delft 2023 Early bird ticket sales. From now on we are on air again and will keep spreading more wonderful news on ‘Testlab Highlight Delft’, the innovative art & technology route in Delft City Centre and TU Delft Campus.

See, hear, smell and taste over twenty experimental installations selected by Highlight Delft. Plants saving data, an organic solar panel made of papaya enzyms, what kind of behaviour do intelligent sound bugs swarming in the park show, and how does the internet smell?

See all this and more 16-18 February 2023 in Delft. Let’s get inspired!

See our first press release (PDF) and in Word, with photos and new logo for more information. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. We would like to thank you for your support in advance, and hope to meet you in February.


Open Call Sound Art

Can you create an immersive listening experience? Then we’re looking for you! Check out our Open Call for a binaural 3D audio artwork using a silent disco headphone system. Premiere at Highlight Delft 16-18 February at Theater de Veste, in collaboration with iii.

Download PDF for all specs: OPEN CALL voor binaural audio art (deadline 1 November).