So there was already the same question for D7 (How do I render a field on a node twice with two different field formatters?) but now i wanted to know how to do this in d8.

Maybe this helps a little bit, but i could not get it working. Rendering arbitrary field values without a parent entity in Drupal 8

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So in drupal 7 you could use:

$output = field_view_field('node', $node, 'field_foo', array('type' => 'some_formatter', 'settings' => array(...), $langcode));

to render a field with a specific formatter. The drupal 8 the equivalent is:

$output = $node->field_foo->view(array('type' => 'some_formatter', 'settings' => array(...)));

source: Change record

Now to render the fields I would create a preprocess for a node

function HOOK_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  $variables['my_field_formatter1'] = $node->field_foo->view(array('type' => 'some_formatter', 'settings' => array(...)));
  $variables['my_field_formatter2'] = $node->field_foo->view(array('type' => 'some_formatter', 'settings' => array(...)));

and then print my_field_formatter1 and my_field_formatter2 in your twig template for the node.

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    Thanks, this works. Don't know why but the preprocessor only works in a module not in a theme.
    – kitikonti
    Sep 21, 2016 at 18:38
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    Glad to hear. Hmm... weird I think it should also be working in a theme. Not sure
    – Thenchev
    Sep 22, 2016 at 3:41

There is a module for that™️: Use Display Field Copy

From the module page:

Display Field Copy provides the ability to make a display copy of a field with Display Suite. The copy of the field can use a different formatter (with different config) than the single field that is currently available in core.

For instance, if a site has a single entity reference field and the display needs the list rendered on the page twice (once as a rendered entity and once as a list of links). This module could be used to create a copy of the field and apply a different formatter to it.

This module does not have a copy limit. Theoretically, an unlimited number of copies could be created. It should work for any field that has at least one formatter available.

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