Visit Ghent University at the Light Festival

(24-01-2018) Not only is light useful, cosy and beautiful, it is also terrifically interesting and full of unexpected applications

But that is something we will let the visitors to the Ghent Light Festival 2018 discover for themselves in the foyer of the Universiteitsforum Building (Ufo).

Smack in the middle of all the spectacular light artworks, dozens of enthusiastic light researchers from Ghent University will amaze you with interactive demos.

  • See with your own eyes how light flashes through glass fibre cables.
  • Discover why plants grow toward light and how fluorescent proteins help us to study their roots.
  • Check out a scale model of the largest telescope in the world.
  • Strum a tune on a laser harp.
  • Get a sneak peek of the TV of the future—TV so life-like that you had better put on your sunglasses for the dazzling scenes of summer days.
  • Let yourself be scanned by light radar.
  • Operate a gigantic light microchip yourself.
  • Learn how every material has its own unique light fingerprint and how we can measure, and utilise, these fingerprints.
  • Come paint with light.
  • And much, much more!

Some of the demos are part of the interactive exhibition ‘Zonder licht wordt het donker! - Without light, it's dark!’ For students in their last two years of secondary school, these demos can also be visited with a guide during the week following the festiv

Practical info

  • The Ghent Light Festival 2018 is switched on from Wednesday, 31 January, through Sunday, 4 February 2018 in the Ghent city centre and is open each of these days from 19:00 until 24:00. On Sunday, the Festival opens one hour earlier at 18:00.
  • Admission to the Festival is free.
  • The contributions to the Festival from Ghent University can be found in the foyer of the Ufo at Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33.
  • More info at