Every three years, Ghent is set ablaze with lights during the free Ghent Light Festival. This festival lights up the city with works by national and international light artists. The city’s nights will become the backdrop for a surprising spectacle, ingenious installations, spectacular performances and beautiful events, all based on light. Get ready to discover Ghent’s historic sites and monuments from a different angle. The Light Festival puts the internationally acclaimed Ghent lighting plan in the spotlight and gives you the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Ghent’s unique hidden charm after sunset.

Old acquaintances

Along the route you will be able to admire a total of 36 challenging light art installations by different artists, some of them well-known, others up-and-coming. By way of celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the festival, they will include four of the public’s favourites that made an impression during past editions. They will return in a slightly changed form to surprise the public again. It concerns these 4 works: The big fire of Ghent that never happened (2011)La Cattedrale di Luce (2012)Cloud (2015) en Museum of the moon (2018).

Works and route 2021

Discover the works by national and international artists along the route. There is no fixed start or finish.

New discoveries in 2021

The new course leads you through the city and sheds a different light on different city districts, waterways and historical heritage - literally and figuratively. The Castle of the Counts, Graslei, Korenmarkt, Stadshal and Sint-Baafsplein are well-known hotspots on the route. You will now also be able to walk on the Saint Michael's bridge for the first time and you can enjoy the unique view of the Ghent tower line. Furthermore, the trail passes by lesser-known locations including the Court of the Princes, Macharius-Heirnis en Sluizeken-Tolhuis-Ham.

At 7.2 kilometers, the route is a little bit longer than the previous edition. Because there is no fixed starting place and therefore you can start anywhere, it offers you enough space to enjoy the spectacle in a pleasant way.

Check out the photos of the previous edition here.

How to reach Ghent?

Ghent lies at the intersection of the E17 and the E40 motorways and is therefore easily accessible by car or coach. With two railway stations in the city, arrival by train is certainly an easy option. Gent-Dampoort station is within walking distance of the trail.

Low emission zone: register your vehicle to avoid a fine.

Your vehicle’s Euro standard and fuel type determine whether or not you are allowed to enter the city centre of Ghent. Clean cars can enter the city, polluting cars must pay. If your vehicle is allowed to enter the city centre but you do not have a Belgian or Dutch number plate, you should ALWAYS register it!
Information about the low emission zone can be found here

The Light Festival by coach

Parking at the Gent-Dampoort railway station – parking and/or alighting/boarding.
Simply follow Slachthuisstraat all the way to the end and you will end up at the information point at Coyendanspark, where you can join the route.

Your guests can also alight and board (free of charge, max. 30 minutes) at the Godshuizenlaan K&R or at the Bijlokekaai K&R, which can host about 8 coaches. Subsequently park the coach at the free Yachtdreef car park (which can host up to 14 coaches). 

The information continues beneath the illustrations.