Agenda: to see and to do, museums and exhibitions, walking and cycling and sport in Ostend

Oostende Koerse 2021

Where:
Wellington Renbaan
When:
Mon 2 Aug 2021

A day at the races! Experience the horse races in July and August at the Wellington Racecourse. The various races start from 11.30 am. Follow the races in suspense and place your bets!

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Oostende Koerse 2021

Where:
Wellington Renbaan
When:
Mon 9 Aug 2021

A day at the races! Experience the horse races in July and August at the Wellington Racecourse. The various races start from 11.30 am. Follow the races in suspense and place your bets!

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Oostende Koerse 2021

Where:
Wellington Renbaan
When:
Mon 16 Aug 2021

A day at the races! Experience the horse races in July and August at the Wellington Racecourse. The various races start from 11.30 am. Follow the races in suspense and place your bets!

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Oostende Koerse 2021

Where:
Wellington Renbaan
When:
Mon 23 Aug 2021

A day at the races! Experience the horse races in July and August at the Wellington Racecourse. The various races start from 11.30 am. Follow the races in suspense and place your bets!

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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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Exhibition 'ONZE IJSLANDVISSERS'

Where:
Venetiaanse Gaanderijen
When:
26/06/21 to 07/11/21

No part of fishing history is likelier to appeal to the imagination than our expeditions to Iceland! Visit the ‘Onze IJslandvissers’ exhibition to hear and see the story of those journeys to Iceland from the earliest beginnings to the bitter end, when O.129 Amandine made its last trip in 1995.

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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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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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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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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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