Breaking Waves at the elbphilharmonie

Further dates of the light installation »Breaking Waves« have to be cancelled.

Aggressive disruption of the airspace as part of the premiere.

Hamburg, April 29, 2022: Unfortunately, the performances of the light installation “Breaking Waves” announced for today, Saturday and Sunday have to be canceled at short notice in coordination with the aviation security authorities of Hamburg and Lower Saxony. During the dress rehearsal and the premiere on Thursday, the art event was massively disrupted by foreign high-speed drones. There have been several collisions and, as a result, numerous drones have crashed. According to information from the aviation security authorities, there have never been disruptions to air traffic of this intensity and aggressiveness in Germany. This requires a reassessment of the security situation. Since it cannot be ruled out that such crimes will again be committed by anonymous drone pilots today and in the following days, it is irresponsible to continue »Breaking Waves« in order to protect viewers and employees. Those responsible at the Elbphilharmonie and the artists from DRIFT are sad and frustrated that they have to cancel the repetitions of the light installation, which thrilled thousands of viewers at the premiere.