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The City Council of Ghent announced that they have set a new date for the next edition of the popular Ghent Light Festival. The event will take place from Wednesday, 10 November to Sunday, 14 November 2021.

Again, the organisation of the widely anticipated event remains contingent, depending on the unfolding of the health situation in the autumn.

The Light Festival is one of the most popular and accessible free culture festivals in the Flemish city of Ghent. It takes place every three years and lights up the city with works by international light artists, who reveal the hidden beauties of historical buildings and public spaces.

The last edition of the event in 2018 gathered as many as 835 000 visitors, so it really is an event of large scale. The authorities now believe that the postponement of the event will allow them to organise a Festival of Light the way the locals and visitors used to know in previous years and to turn it into something to look forward to for all citizens and entrepreneurs in Ghent.

Thus, should there be no further changes, the 2021 Festival of Light in Ghent will take place from 10 to 14 November, with shows starting at 7 pm and ending at midnight. On the last day, Sunday 14 November, it will start at 6 pm in order to offer families with young children the opportunity to visit the festival.

More information about the content of the festival, the participating artists and the route (a walk past a selected number of illuminated buildings and squares) will be announced at a later date on the official event website or the page of the City of Ghent.

The Ghent Light Festival route showcases 37 light art projects of local, national and international artists over 6.6 km. It’s designed as a loop so you can start wherever you like, but you do need to follow the designated direction. The light festival is usually very crowded so it’s best if everybody’s going the same way.


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