The previous edition, in 2015, attracted no fewer than 640,000 enthusiasts. "In 2011 and 2012, the route mainly focused on the historic centre, with the arts district being added in 2015", explains alderwoman Annelies Storms. "In 2018, we will add the industrial past."
The previous edition was such a success that measures have been taken to reduce the burden on local residents. The Light Festival will start one hour later, at 7pm instead of 6pm, except on Sunday. The extra day should also help to spread the influx of visitors.