Ghent has always been regarded as Belgium’s best kept secret. Though less than 50km from Bruges, it attracts far less visitors. That may all change in the very near future though, as Lonely Planet has now named it Europe’s best kept secret and put it in their list of Top 10 places to visit in 2011. It very well deserves a more in-depth post in the near future, but today I want to focus on the Light Festival, which was held last weekend.
Recently Ghent decided to take the Illuminated Road to attract more visitors. On any normal night, it already is one of the most beautifully lit cities in Belgium, not only focusing on its historic buildings and other landmarks, but on the city as a whole. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2011 it organized its first Light Festival. It was such a huge success last year, they decided to add an extra, fourth day. And with about 500,000 visitors this year, it may well be worth extending it to a whole week.
This year there were 29 exhibits throughout the city, built by professionals and students alike. Some were static, some interactive. Some told a story, some painted a picture… and some simply didn’t work. But such is life, I guess. Overall it was a great evening out, despite the crush of the crowd and the freezing cold. If you have no problem with those, start counting down to next year’s event!
Here are some of the pictures I took this year. If you want more information about the works of art, just click on the picture (I hope the website to which it links will stay up)