Agenda: museums and exhibitions, art, kids and shopping 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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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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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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Gift wrapping bar at the Feest- en Cultuurpaleis shopping centre 2019

Where:
Feest- & Cultuurpaleis
When:
29/11/19 to 05/01/20

During the Christmas period, shoppers will be able to have their presents packaged at the Gift Wrapping Bar located in the Feest- en Cultuurpaleis Shopping Centre. Our specialists will wrap your Christmas gifts in a unique Ostend wrapping paper.

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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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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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Museum Amandine

April 3rd 1995. On this day the Amandine entered Oostende harbour for the last time. On this day it dropped anchor for the very last time. The crew disembarked, swallowed hard and went home without looking back. The last page in Oostende's book on Iceland Fishing had been turned. Now, 13 years later, the Amandine has started her second career, a career as an interactive museum. It has taken two years of hard and concentrated work in the old shipyard 'Seghers' to restore the...

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Ostend City Museum

The museum tells you Ostend’s fascinating life story and also casts light on its future. A host of objects, posters, documents and multimedia applications reveal the secrets behind the development of the city, its tourism, fishing industry and shipping. Discover the Ostend of former times and the most famous resident of the premises, Louise-Marie, the first Belgian queen. She shows a strong presence, and even has her say.

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