Story of the day: Shine a light on Flanders


We all need brightening up this time of year. Flanders, a destination I’ve covered extensively of late, had a good idea last January.

I went to Ghent for the Independent on Sunday to preview the Light Festival Ghent, which brought illuminated public-art installations to the wintery streets of the Old Town.

Here’s an extract:

The second city in Flanders (after Antwerp), Ghent has forged a reputation for its innovative lighting work in recent years, winning design awards for a policy of up-lighting historic buildings with warm-white light.

The free-to-visit winter festival maps out 30 light installations along a 3.5km (2.2 miles) walking trail around the city centre, illuminating historic and often-missed buildings.

Examples of the works include a light-and-sound installation in Ghent University’s Aula building by the Dutch artist Mr Beam, and Guerrilla Lighting – a flash-mob light installation in four locations by UK artists Light Collective.

Read the full story, See the Light in Festive Flanders.

Do you have a favourite city light festival? Or suggestions to brighten up those January nights?

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