Agenda: museums and exhibitions, art, food and drinks, sight, attraction and walking and cycling in Ostend

The Night of the Museums and Galleries

When:
Sat 15 Feb 2020

Literature, music and art come together during 'The Night of the Museums and Galleries'. With over 30 participating art houses, it promises to be once again an inspiring edition. Several galleries and museums open their doors to the public for free during 'The Night'. Just follow the illuminated trail along the various locations and let yourself be swept away.

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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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New Year’s Fireworks 2020

Where:
Groot Strand
When:
Mon 1 Feb 2021

The fireworks display at the end of the year has become a tradition in Ostend. Thousands of people gather at the beach to celebrate the new year with spectacular fireworks!

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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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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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Champagnefestival

Where:
Wellington Renbaan
When:
13/03/20 to 15/03/20

The Wellington Hippodrome is transformed into a champagne paradise. An event with a champagne fair, tastings, art, music and a champagne breakfast.

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The Crystal Ship 2020

When:
11/04/20 to 19/04/20

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival that specializes in public space producing different installations, sculptures and murals each year. Discover “The Crystal Ship” in Ostend: renowned and world-famous artists made enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces. All artworks remain permanently in the public domain and can be visited freely.

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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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Barrio Cantina 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
12/06/20 to 14/06/20

A cozy market with original food trucks offering a range of world cuisine dishes. Mexican burritos, Vietnamese spring rolls, American hamburgers, Thai dumplings, Polé Polé Mojito's, ... Affordable and with an offer to everyone's taste, this is one large open-air restaurant with dozens of mobile kitchenettes. A bit of music, nice bars, nice seating areas and special animation create an excellent atmosphere.

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