Agenda: james ensor, kids, nightlife, art, culture and sight in Ostend

Welcome home! Ensor art from the KBC collection

Where:
The James Ensor House
When:
29/04/21 to 29/08/21

The third temporary exhibition at the James Ensor house since its official reopening in July 2020 will put the KBC Bank's Ensor collection in the spotlight. KBC Bank owns a rich art collection in which the oeuvre of James Ensor occupies a prominent place. It comprises an almost complete collection of prints including etchings, drypoints and lithographs, as well as oil paintings and drawings such as an interesting self-portrait from 1883, based on a photograph. The paintings in the collection are very diverse and cover different periods in the artist's career. There is a self-portrait from 1878, a still life from 1880, a view of the Ostend market from 1882, a typical Ensorian work from 1905, called Pierrot and Skeletons, and finally, a painting from 1912 with the poetic title Faded Perfume, Withered flowers. For this work Ensor found inspiration in a print by the French artist Jean-François Janinet (1752-1814) after a painting by the Swedish painter Niclas Lafrensen (1737-1807), entitled L'Aveu difficile (The difficult confession). The collection itself illustrates in a striking way the varied styles and different art techniques mastered by the Ostend artist. The exhibition will take place from April 21st to August 29th.

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The Crystal Ship 2021 - Summer of Street Art

When:
12/06/21 to 31/08/21

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival that specializes in public space producing different installations, sculptures and murals each year. The Crystal Ship will add plenty of additional works of art to its collection during this Summer of Street Art. Follow the free art trail through the city to discover them all.

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o2run Beach

Where:
Sportstrand
When:
13/07/21 to 08/08/21

Come and enjoy the biggest mobile pop up playground in Europe, at the Ostend beach!

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Surf's Up: Learn how to surf

Where:
Sportstrand
When:
03/07/21 to 28/08/21

Tame the waves of Ostend, discover how addictive surfing can be and take home piles of pictures and videos. Every Saturday this summer between 3 and 5 PM, you can dip a toe in the world of surfing for only €5. Sun, sea and summer! What more do you need? Limited spots available, so register now!

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TAZ#21 - Theater Aan Zee

Where:
Leopoldpark
When:
23/07/21 to 08/08/21

Theater Aan Zee (TAZ) is a seventeen-day theatre and music festival. The festival presents performing arts (theatre, dance, performance) in a unique combination with music, literature, photography and other art disciplines. TAZ explicitly opts to place the starting artist at the centre, to give emerging young talents of complete diversity optimum opportunities on stage, and to support them as thoroughly as possible.

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Hangtime

1,000 square metres of trampolines, a huge ball bath, and a challenging play area for the little ones, all connected by an inspiring coffee bar: that is the definition of Hangtime! ...

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TikTokTour

Ostend has its own TikTokTour now! This crazy TikTok tour takes you to ten highlights of our lovely City by the Sea where you can recreate fun TikTok videos. Get your free TikTokTour at the Ostend Tourist Information Centre or download the tour at www.tiktokoostende.be.

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The Crystal Ship - Street Art in Oostende

Discover “The Crystal Ship” in Ostend: renowned and world-famous artists make enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces.

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Ensor walk

Download the app and take the brand-new Ensor-themed walk to visit all the locations that were significant to the life and work of James Ensor. You will be given information and will be able to see things for yourself at each of these places, using the latest high-tech. Young and older Ensor fans will love this walk. ...

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The James Ensor House

This newly created experience centre contains James Ensor’s original house and five interactive adventure spaces. Bring Ensor’s paintings to life, admire his interior decorations and carnival masks, look through his letters and photographs and then take a peek at his authentic home and studio. At home with Ensor. Like to visit this attraction at a discount? Print your free Coast Pass now on www.kustpas.be/home/register.

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