Agenda: museums and exhibitions, art, food and drinks, nature and parks and kids in Ostend

Fireworks in Mariakerke 2020

Where:
Strandplein Mariakerke
When:
Sat 4 Jan 2020

On Saturday 4 January, Mariakerke will bid a festive farewell to the holiday season. Enjoy the entertainment at Strandplein between 3 and 9 pm, with free snacks and drinks for all at 5 pm. At 7 pm, fireworks on the beach will provide for a joyous conclusion!

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À l'Ostendaise - Come and Taste! 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
Sat 27 Jun 2020

On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, Ostend chefs once again get creative with North Sea fish and shellfish. A fun culinary event for gourmets of all ages!

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À l'Ostendaise - Come and Taste! 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
Sun 28 Jun 2020

On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, Ostend chefs once again get creative with North Sea fish and shellfish. A fun culinary event for gourmets of all ages!

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Ensor Dreams of mother-of-pearl

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
12/05/18 to 01/03/20

This new Ensor presentation consists almost exclusively of paintings and drawings from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. With 38 paintings and some 650 drawings, the museum not only has the largest, but also the very best Ensor collection.

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Santa's House 2019

Where:
Wapenplein
When:
29/11/19 to 05/01/20

Have you always wanted to know what Santa’s House looks like? This autumn, he will be setting up his cabin on the Ostend Wapenplein. Santa’s House is the ideal spot to take your Christmas photo.

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New at Mu.ZEE: The Raoul Servais Wing

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
30/06/18 to 30/06/21

Raoul Servais (born 1 May 1928, Ostend) is a renowned animation filmmaker. In the early 1950s he studied applied arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (KASK). Servais painted and drew, and was very active in graphics too, but from the beginning his heart was always in animation films. The artist had neither experience nor financial means, but his curiosity and drive were enormous. In 1960 he was able to start work as a teacher at KASK, where he developed the first animated film course in Europe. In total, he made sixteen animated films. Between Havenlicht (Harbour Light, 1960) and Tank (2015) there is a gigantic evolution in style and technique. With each new film production, you feel his curiosity for new and hitherto unknown ways of creating imagery and atmosphere. Raoul Servais has won many international film prizes, such as the Palme d’Or in Cannes (Operation X-70, 1971 & Harpya, 1979) and the Primo Premio in Venice (Chromophobia, 1966). Servais’s love of animation is a shared love. As of summer 2018, it can be enjoyed on a permanent basis in the Raoul Servais Wing of Mu.ZEE. A large selection of original documents, (cellophane) drawings and films will have a permanent place there. This wing of the museum is not intended to be the end destination for the rich oeuvre of this star of the film industry, but a new start, an inspiring place for young filmmakers.

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Winter in the Park 2019

Where:
Leopoldpark
When:
29/11/19 to 05/01/20

In the middle of a beautifully lit up Leopold Park, visitors can ice skate on the pond, which is surrounded by over 50 wooden stalls selling typical Christmas products. During the Christmas holidays, each day children can enjoy special acts and activities, which will make this an unforgettable experience.

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Magical Christmas Tree

Where:
Wapenplein
When:
30/11/19 to 05/01/20

Discover the "Magical Christmas Tree" on the Wapenplein: a Christmas inspired fun fairground attraction.

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Christmas tree maze Mariakerke

Where:
Strandplein Mariakerke
When:
21/12/19 to 05/01/20

During the holidays the beach at Mariakerke will be enlivened by a mysterious maze made up of 500 Christmas trees. This illuminated maze is a treat for all ages! Free admittance.

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Ostend at Anchor 2020

When:
29/05/20 to 01/06/20

Ostend at Anchor is the must-attend event for all who are interested in maritime history. More than 130 ships set sail for Ostend: from three- masters to inland barges to the smallest clinker-built longboats. The streets and squares around the docks are buzzing with activity. Learn more about old maritime crafts, try some freshly baked or smoked fish, enjoy the many performances...

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