Agenda: museums and exhibitions, food and drinks, maritime and culture in Ostend

Swan Lake

Where:
Kursaal Oostende
When:
Thu 3 Dec 2020

Swan Lake is a signature piece of Moscow City Ballet’s entire repertoire. When Siegfried, a dashing young prince, falls in love with Odette, the beautiful Queen of the Swans, the sorcerer Von Rothbart is determined to use his evil magic to thwart their happiness, but they would rather die together than live apart.The tragic story of romance and betrayal is familiar to many, not least through the success of the film Black Swan. Moscow City Ballet’s interpretation of the world’s most romantic ballet is magnificently brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and instantly recognisable score.

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Don Kosakenchor Russland

Where:
Kursaal Oostende
When:
Sun 13 Dec 2020

These Russian vocalists belong to one of the world's most famous choirs and perform folk songs that make the heart beat faster. In addition to the 20-man choir, the 6-member Instrumental Soloists Ensemble "Philarmonia" will play authentic Russian folk instruments and accompany the choir.

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Nights on Broadway - A Tribute to the Bee Gees - Performed by Night Fever

Where:
Kursaal Oostende
When:
Fri 18 Dec 2020

Nights On Broadway presents a tribute to the Bee Gees through their catalogue of hits over four decades from the 1960s to the 90s. The fully live band blend the classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor fillers which define the show. This is a totally live concert experience which prides itself on musical, in particular vocal authenticity, while the accompanying costume changes compliment the show to give audiences a truly original feeling.

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Texas

Where:
Kursaal Oostende
When:
Sat 19 Dec 2020

Texas is a Scottish pop rock band from Glasgow, featuring Sharleen Spiteri, Ally McErlaine, Johnny McElhone, Eddie Campbell, Tony McGovern, Michael Bannister and Ross McFarlane, best known for tracks such as Say What You Want and Black Eyed Boy. Formed in 1986, they released their debut album, ‘Southside’, in 1989, which hit #3 in the UK Albums Chart. The band’s second album, ‘Mothers Heaven’, came out in 1991, followed by ‘Ricks Road’, in 1993, but it was their third release, ‘White on Blonde’, which came in 1997, that gave the band their biggest success, reaching #1 in the chart. ‘The Hush’ was released in 1999, ‘Careful What You Wish For’, in 2003, and ‘Red Book’ in 2005, before the band went on hiatus. They returned in 2013, with ‘The Conversation’, which saw them shoot straight back into the Top 5. The band released their latest album, ‘Jump on Board’, in April 2017.

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ABBA Gold - The Concert Show

Where:
Kursaal Oostende
When:
Thu 6 May 2021

Possibly Europe's top Abba tribute show, founded in 1993. Abba Gold will take you back through the 70s and 80s with all your Abba favourites.

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Exhibition 'Before the wave' curator Joost Declercq

Where:
House of Spilliaert
When:
04/04/20 to 07/06/20

Joost Declercq is confronting the art of Léon Spilliaert with the work of Luc Tuymans, Jan Vercruysse, Lili Dujourie and Cris Brodahl.

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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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An unfinished symphony. Polyphony in the collection.

Where:
Mu.ZEE
When:
30/11/19 to 31/01/21

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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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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Exhibition: Over Permeke. Met de klankkleur van een basviool

Where:
Venetiaanse Gaanderijen
When:
06/06/20 to 08/11/20

Constant Permeke, one of the most important painters of Flemish expressionism, is best known for his strong and recognizable artworks of sailors, fishermen with their wives ,and marine paintings. Ostend often was his source of inspiration. The special bond Constant Permeke had with Ostend is reflected throughout the entire exhibitio. Discover the development of the artist, get acquainted with Permeke's first steps in the art world, get to know his friends and colleagues such as Gust De Smet and Léon Spilliaert and n admire the artworks he made after WWI. The leading expressionist had his heyday in the 1920s, where he created impressive drawings of fishermen and also portrayed Ostend several times in a unique way. Let yourself be awed by the cheerful Permeke, by his magical hands and discover Ostend through the artist's eyes.

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