Agenda: to see and to do, attraction, museums and exhibitions, nightlife, james ensor and sight in Ostend

Bal Rat Mort - 'Ensor - Bal Masqué'

Where:
Kursaal Oostende
When:
Sat 7 Mar 2020

Bal Rat Mort (Dead Rat Ball) is Belgium’s most renowned ball, with an exceptionally rich and interesting history, going back to the Paris of the Belle Epoque. The charity ball was first organised in Ostend in 1898. The ball moves with the times of course, and it’s been completely updated!

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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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Panamarenko and his contemporaries - "Learn to imitate the flight of birds"

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
07/12/19 to 18/10/20

Panamarenko and his contemporaries: Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Jef Geys, Hugo Heyrman, Bernd Lohaus & Bruce Nauman Panamarenko (1940-2019). A retrospective is being arranged in Antwerp, his hometown, and a number of Belgian museums will also be going the extra mile to highlight Panamarenko in 2020. Mu.ZEE keeps several of the artist's most renowned works and is displaying a selection of these in the Learn to imitate the flight of birds exhibition, in dialogue with works by Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers, Jef Geys, Hugo Heyrman, Bernd Lohaus and Bruce Nauman, among others.

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An unfinished symphony. Polyphony in the collection.

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
30/11/19 to 07/06/20

Mu.ZEE launched a collection valuation process in November 2018. Mu.ZEE employees thoroughly went through and examined part of the museum’s collection in collaboration with various partners in the socio-cultural field. The significance of the collection and how various works of art are of value to the museum were reflected on and contemplated. In the autumn of 2019, Mu.ZEE will review the outcomes of this participatory project. The results achieved will be presented at an exhibition that provides a splendid perspective into the museum's activities and collection, along with a host of new issues and rationales that sweep the public along on a journey through Mu.ZEE’s history and its future. What does it mean to value a collection? Which criteria do we adopt during this type of valuation process? What do we know and how should we proceed? The museum's mission and vision are what shape the theoretical framework of the valuation project. As a museum of modern and contemporary art in Belgium, we have a role to play in society. By valuing our works of art, we imbue these creations with meaning and contextualise them. We raise awareness about our artworks and attempt to come up with new interpretations and connections that we can present to visitors through exhibitions and digital access to the collection. On the one hand, our valuation was carried out by an internal valuations team, while on the other, Mu.ZEE relied on an external sounding board that is part of its broader network. We are interested in telling you about the participatory approach we adopted for this pilot project. But above all, we would like to invite you personally to help us value a work of art or an ensemble. Because valuation isn't just the task of a single person...

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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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Sand Sculpture Festival 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
20/06/20 to 06/09/20

With just sand and water, artists from around the world create a fantasy world full of magic. The festival is built by 40 professional artists from all around the globe. Not less than 240 trucks of special sand is sculpted during one month of preparation, on an area of 10,000m², creating a visitors circuit that takes one hour to complete, with 150 sculptures from 2 to 6 meters high to discover. The Sand Sculpture Festival is officially the largest festival of its kind in the world (Guinness Book of Records 2010). The trail is approximately 1 kilometer or 0,6 miles and the visit takes about 1 hour.

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Once upon a time…

Where:
Leopoldpark
When:
31/10/20 to 05/11/20

During the autumn break we transform the Leopoldpark into a fairytale world full of elves, trolls, princes and princesses. Every day there are various street acts, theater performances, workshops and stories to discover. A fairytale walk for the whole family to enjoy.

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Winter in the Park 2020

Where:
Leopoldpark
When:
27/11/20 to 03/01/21

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

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