Brussels’ bright festival returns to Illuminate capital in February 2024

Brussels, Belgium: Brussels is gearing up for one of the highlights on its events calendar – the eagerly anticipated Bright Festival, scheduled to take place from February 15 to 18, 2024.

Transforming the city into a mesmerizing display of lights, this festival has swiftly become a must-attend event, injecting vibrancy into the post-Christmas days of February.

Brussels Minister-President Rudi Vervoort expressed enthusiasm about the upcoming festival, stating, “In just a few years, the Bright Festival has become one of the unmissable tourist events in our region.

Visitors from Belgium and abroad can join the people of Brussels in strolling through our capital for four evenings.”

Confirmed by Visit. Brussels on Tuesday, the 2024 edition promises to be bigger and brighter than ever, featuring over 20 original artistic light installations.

These installations, crafted by artists from Belgium and beyond, will adorn some of the capital’s most iconic locations, creating a visual spectacle for residents and visitors alike.

Two distinct routes, the King’s Route and the European Route, will guide festival-goers through the illuminated wonders.

This year, the festival takes on a European theme, shining a spotlight on the continent to celebrate Belgium’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2024.

Organizers are incorporating extra activities and installations, complemented by a program around museums and shops in the designated districts.

While the Bright Festival has always been a delight for all ages, this year introduces a novel addition – a dedicated children’s zone.

Enveloped in a theme inspired by Europe, the children’s zone will feature installations and activities tailored to capture the imaginations of the youngest festival attendees.

Sustainability takes centre stage at the Bright Festival, with organizers pledging a commitment to eco-friendly practices.

Projects selected for the festival utilize energy-saving lighting or lighting generated from renewable sources, aligning with the event’s eco-conscious ethos.

The festival also emphasizes accessibility by promoting the use of public transport, contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions.

Since 2021, the Bright Festival has been actively funding low-carbon projects to offset emissions that cannot be eliminated.

As anticipation builds for the Bright Festival, the city of Brussels is poised to be a radiant canvas, captivating residents and drawing in visitors from far and wide.

Beyond the visual spectacle, the festival’s dedication to sustainability and engagement with a European theme adds depth to the experience, making it not just a celebration of lights but a meaningful cultural and environmental event.

Mark your calendars for February 15 to 18, 2024, as Brussels prepares to shine bright and enchant all who venture into its illuminated streets during this much-anticipated annual celebration.


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