Agenda: museums and exhibitions, art, food and drinks, sight and culture in Ostend

Q-Beach House 2020

Where:
Groot Strand
When:
27/06/20 to 30/08/20

Q-Beach House returns to Ostend every summer. It has live performances, music events and silent movies, which is watching a movie with headphones. Qmusic – a Flemish commercial radio station – broadcasts live from the Q-Studio.

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North Sea Beer Festival 2020

Where:
Zeeheldenplein
When:
21/08/20 to 23/08/20

Ostend invites beer lovers from near and far to the North Sea Beer Festival being held over the last weekend in August 2019. Approximately 30 Belgian breweries and beer firms will be showcasing more than 200 Belgian speciality beers. There will be plenty of opportunity to sample some of the country’s better-known beers, and to discover many new brews, including several limited editions, as you explore the marquees dotted around the park. Alongside this extensive range of beers, food fans will find plenty to tickle their taste buds too. Several highly rated Ostend food trucks are keen to introduce you to their best dishes and will be cooking on the festival site.

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Boulevard de Champagne 2020

Where:
Thermae Palace Hotel
When:
20/11/20 to 22/11/20

Great news for those who long to take a trip to the Champagne region: the Champagne region comes to Ostend! Ostend will be the Reims of the Belgian coast, with the exclusive Champagne event Boulevard de Champagne: a weekend filled to the brim with French bubbles, treats and live music!

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Ostend Film Festival 2021

When:
15/01/21 to 23/01/21

The Ostend Film Festival (FFO) offers a varied programme, with a selection of Flemish films combined with international quality films.

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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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Mercator

Arctic traveller Adrien de Gerlache designed this three-master which was built in Scotland. The Mercator had only two commanders and made 54 voyages. In 1956 it repatriated the remains of Father Damien from Molokai. In 1960, it sailed into the harbour of Antwerp and in 1961, it was equipped as a museum ship. Since 1964, it has been the pearl in Ostend’s crown. Like to visit this attraction at a discount? Print your free Coast Pass now on www.kustpas.be/home/register

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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 he portrayed the opulence and sensuality of the sea in a female figure. Until 1963 the work of art adorned the Kursaal Casino.

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Railway station Oostende

Eclectic station complex consisting of a central entrance hall flanked by two square "Tower buildings". On the left side adjacent to the station the former "Hotel Terminus Maritime".

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