A couple weeks back, Joe and I had the pleasure of going to the 2nd Annual Ghent Light Festival!
Ok, so I was skeptical, 2nd annual – hasn’t been running that long…but BOY was I wrong. It was absolutely amazing!!!
Basically, it is a walking tour around the entire city at night where you can stop and see about 20 different light shows (created by amazing artists) projected onto the city’s buildings, waterways, etc. We ended up going on a Friday night and it was CROWDED. I heard some 100,000 people showed up that night. Next year, we are definitely going to try and hit up Sunday night for crowd control.
Here are some of our favorite exhibits (photos courtesy of Joe):
***The main attraction was the light show in the Korenmarkt. It was a continuous “movie” on the building above. It was absolutely amazing (had music to go with it). I’m not sure how they did it, but the pictures were so crisp and clear (sorry, the photos don’t do it justice – we haven’t figured out the night option on our camera yet)!
The Belfortstraat display above was BY FAR my favorite. You rounded the corner and seriously could not help but gasp at the structure – brightness, size, # of lights, etc. I LOVED walking through it. You might not be able to tell, but there are huge chandeliers hanging down the center.
The church was pretty cool too. If you stood in line, you could dance on some sort of projector and your moves were projected onto the church (the picture above is of a little kid dancing – obviously, they are multiplied to create 1000 little kids).
The castle also had a light show. We stayed to see some lizards and hearts projected onto the tower!
Honestly, a really great night festival that was family friendly. I think it brought a lot of tourism and good publicity to Gent. Hopefully, 2013 will be the 3rd Annual!
Here are some of the professional links I found on the light festival: