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Boem Paukeslag: Occupied city X 5

Atlantikwall Raversyde
Sat 12 Mar 2022 to Sun 13 Nov 2022
In 1922 the poetry collection Bezette Stad (Occupied City) by Paul van Ostaijen was published. How inspiring and current is the collection still? Discover the work by Jens Meijen, Shamisa Debroey, Lisette Ma Neza, Maja Ajmia Yde Zellama, and Younes van den Broeck.  

Paulusfeesten - city festival

Sint-Petrus- en -Paulusplein
Tue 9 Aug 2022
Paulusfeesten is a city festival for young and old. The programme is varied and offers a wide range of music, street animation, workshops, art and children's entertainment. The organization of the Paulusfeesten is only made possible by the cooperation of more than 300 volunteers.

EXPO | Under water. Heritage in the North Sea

Atlantikwall Raversyde
Sun 5 Jun 2022 to Sun 13 Nov 2022
There are many wrecks on the bottom of the North Sea. Not only from the First and Second World War, also before that many ships sank on this busy seaway. You can discover more about this underwater world and its hidden heritage through photos.

Ensor in the collection of the Print Department, KBR (Brussels)

Thu 2 Jun 2022 to Sun 4 Sep 2022
The Print Department of KBR (Brussels) manages the largest collection of paper works in Belgium. The Print Department also holds a large and varied collection of prints by James Ensor, as well as works on paper or panel, covering his entire career: landscapes, portraits, satirical scenes, studies…

Exhibition: Ostend through the lens of Antony

Venetiaanse Gaanderijen
Sat 11 Jun 2022 to Sat 5 Nov 2022
Maurice Antony is undoubtedly the most famous Ostend photographer. With his photos he presented an artistic report of the eventful period of World War I and the subsequent years of the Ostend interwar period.

Q-Beach House 2022

Sat 2 Jul 2022 to Sun 4 Sep 2022
Q-Beach House returns to Ostend every summer. It has live performances, music events and a sunny terrace. Qmusic – a Flemish commercial radio station – broadcasts live from the Q-Studio.

Joris Ghekiere – Travels on Paper

Mu.ZEE
Sat 2 Jul 2022 to Sat 26 Nov 2022
With the exhibition ‘Joris Ghekiere – Travels on Paper’, Mu.ZEE is the first to show a large selection of works on paper by this Belgian artist. It was as a painter that Joris Ghekiere (1955-2016) acquired renown and acclaim, creating a unique position for himself in painting, thanks to his far…

Enter 14: Léonard Pongo – Primordial Earth

Mu.ZEE
Sat 2 Jul 2022 to Sat 12 Nov 2022
Photos rarely do justice to the atmosphere of a landscape. A cropped surface cannot possibly match the mystical and unspoiled reality. Conscious of the limits of photography, Léonard Pongo seeks other ways of giving form to the superhuman force of the Earth.

Every Thursday = Mu.ZEE night!

Mu.ZEE
Thu 7 Jul 2022 to Thu 25 Aug 2022
New! Every Thursday night in July and August is Mu.ZEE Night! This summer, our museum doors will stay open until 10 pm every Thursday. >> Book your tickets now!

Ensor walk

Download the app and take the brand-new Ensor-themed walk to visit all the locations that were significant to the life and work of James Ensor. You will be given information and will be able to see things for yourself at each of these places, using the latest high-tech. Young and older Ensor fans…

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…

The Crystal Ship - Street Art in Ostend

Discover “The Crystal Ship” in Ostend: renowned and world-famous artists make enormous paintings on walls as well as fantastic art installations in open spaces.

Dikke Mathille

The Leopold II-laan curves gracefully around the most famous sculpture of a woman in Oostende: De Zee (The Sea). Although Reclining Nude is another name for this lady the locals always refer to her as ‘Dikke Mathille’ (Fat Mathille). Grard emphasised the volume of the full, round forms. In De Zee…

Ostend Sailing Club: Phare East

The renovated Ostend Sailing Club is on the beach at Oosteroever (to the right of the East Dike). Many beach and water sports start from here, such as sea rafting, kayaking, wave surfing, kiting, dune orientation, beach sports... via The Outsider Coast. After the activities you can enjoy wonderful…

Herdenkingsmonument HMS Vindictive

In May 2013, the restored bow of the HMS VIndictive was given a prominent place on the east bank of the port of Ostend.
During the night of 9 to 10 May 1918, the British attempted to use the HMS Vindictive to block the port of Ostend and thus prevent passage of German submarines to the North…

Floral Clock

Floral Clock. A special creation in which a total number of about 20 000 plants are used to form a unique palette of colour.
The date - made of flowers - is adjusted every day during the summer months.


Seamen's Memorial

The Seamen's Memorial (1953) can be found on the Zeeheldenplein. Each year the numerous fishermen from Oostende who died at sea are commemorated. This was also the location of the first lighthouse in Oostende (1771).

Sint-Petrus- en Sint-Paulus Church

The church St.-Petrus- and Paulus is a neogotic church built in 1907 which consists of beautiful stained-glass windows. The tomb of Louise-Marie, the queen of Belgium who deceased in Oostende, is situated in the chapel of the main altar (only to be visited upon request).
The St.-Pieter's…

Koninklijke Gaanderijen

The Royal Galleries were finished in 1905. They are approximately 400 m long and served to protect the middle classes from sun and rain during their walks. They connected the Royal Pavilion with the Wellington racing track. In the beginning of the thirties, the Thermae Palace was built next to it…

Lighthouse Lange Nelle

Lighthouse "Lange Nelle" :
The famous lighthouse is the fourth one in the history of Oostende and the third one on this location. It was built between 1947 and 1949, rises 65 metres above the sea and guides the fishermen safely in the Ostend harbour.
The lighthouse is not open to the…

Venetian Galleries

In 1900, Belgian King Leopold II commissioned architect Henri Maquet to design the first royal gallery: an L-shaped, closed and covered walkway between the royal villa and a large octagonal salon. Nowadays it is known by the name ‘Venetian Galleries’, referring to Venice’s classicist architecture…

BEAUFORT 21 - Pillage of the Sea

On the breakwater stands an outsized ´cairn´, a small tower of piled-up stones that serves as an orientation point for hikers and has a spiritual significance in many cultures. Rosa Barba creates a sculpture from piled-up sandbags, as an imaginary barrier against the rising sea level. Each stone…

KAAP | Oostende

IN 2010 Vrijstaat O. became a new centre for the arts, and the only coastal one. On 1 January 2017 the De Werf and Vrijstaat O. centres joined forces to become a single new centre for the arts: KAAP. This centre distinguishes itself through its focus on unique formulas based on Ostend’s specific…

O.-L.-Vrouw-ter-Duinenkerk

The Dune church was made a listed monument in 1946. The trapezoidal cemetery with lawns, weeping willows and shrubs followed suit in 1975. Many of the people who are buried here belonged to well-known families of Mariakerke. Leopold Passchyn was Mariakerke’s last mayor (they have even named a…

North sea cruise offshore windfarm - Captain Blue

"Discover the wind turbine parks at sea
Captain Blue gives you a whole new perspective on our 11th province, the North Sea and wind energy. During the 5-hour boat trip, a Dutch speaking guide will immerse you in coastal navigation and port signaling, from various buoys and beacons to the…

Kursaal Oostende

The building dominates the view at the Albert I promenade. The Casino, a design by Leon Stynen (1953) stands on the spot where in 1875 the first casino already stood. The latter was destroyed during WWII. After the war it would still be eight years before the current building was erected. This…