In pictures: the festival of lights in Ghent, Belgium

Every three years at the end of January, the city of Ghent in Belgium changes into a beautiful illuminated night-time wonderland. International artists set up light installations and projections, making the city shine over a 5 km walking tour. Here are 12 of my favorite light attractions.

Cloud

‘The Cloud’ by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, an interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs, that you can switch on and off by pulling the strings.

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Slideshow

A slideshow of colorfoul drawings, projected against the walls by artist Claudia Reh.

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Are we nowhere, or are we now here?

Nowhere by Nathalie Chambart. Sometimes the whole word lits up, sometimes it’s just ‘now’, or ‘where’, or ‘we’. Makes you think!

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Globoscope

Dozens of luminous globes, lighting up in synchrony to rhythmic tunes.

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Giant rabbit

Yep, it’s a giant luminous rabbit in the middle of a square.

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Luminous ropes

Hundreds of meters of light-exuding rope, tied together to different buildings. By ‘Them’ sculptures.

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Shadowspinner

This was one of my favorites! A subtle play of light and shadow inside an abandoned building, made by Arf&Yes.

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Spot the fish

Spread around the city, giant animals pop up behind shop windows, like this goldfish. Great fun.

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Drawings in the sky

A twelve meter wire sculpture mobile by artist Ralf Westerhof, suspended above the river.

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Message on the wall

Random LED boards spread around the city, likes this one underneath a bridge.

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Drama!

A video projection on the St. Pieters Abbey in Ghent. Loud and impressive! Not the best picture, I was filming most of the time.

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Feeling dizzy already?

And finally, watching these luminous, multicolored lines, stretched over a completely dark pathway will surely mess with your brain. It’s like you’re losing all sense of space.

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640.000 people visited the festival this year, spread over 4 days… See you back in January 2018!

www.lichtfestivalgent.be