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Oh Ostend, gem on the North Sea. This seaside resort combines the grandeur of the Belle Époque with the artistic flair of James Ensor and his many successors. Similar to that artistic pioneer, art triennial Beaufort and street art festival The Crystal Ship have left indelible marks on the city. Today’s Ostend is artistic, modern and vibrant without sacrificing its original identity. The city retains a connection to its roots as an - occasionally rough - fishing community. Visit its many restaurants, from casual to chic, to dine on the purest of shrimps, mussels or sole.

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In 2024, it will be 75 years since the passing of James Ensor (1860 – 1949). Join us in celebrating the life of this renowned Flemish Master with various exhibitions, activities and events in Ostend, Brussels and Antwerp.


Info Point Ostend