Brewing is well known throughout the Flanders region with simply hundreds of different beers available.

Summer in Flanders means beer, food, art, cycling... and remembrance

Saturday 10 August 2019

With the summer in full swing, Flanders is entering into Festival season. From jazz to classic, world to folk music. There's a  three week celebration of music in its annual Ghent Festival of Flanders. And a few miles east, Antwerp is celebrating its announcement as 2020 host city to the annual world gastronomic, 50-Worlds-Best restaurants. 

Meanwhile, hot off the trail from their Cycling through Water concept, the region of Limburg, east of Brussels has just unveiled its "Cycling through the Trees" project. Flemish master painter Bruegel is celebrated further in Antwerp and Brussels in October and Ghent have created a brochure outlining its special 2020 Van Eyck dedicated activities.

Closer to home, in Harrogate, VISITFLANDERS are looking forward to showcasing its cycling excellence during the forthcoming UCI Road World Championships and treating cycling fans with a little taste of Flanders in Yorkshire, look out for guest appearances by the The Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw and the chance to try some authentic Belgian brews. Enjoy the rest of summer!

The World's 50 Best Restaurants announces Antwerp as its 2020 host city.

The World's 50 Best Restaurants (https://www.theworlds50best.com/blog/News/the-worlds-50-best-restaurants-2020-flanders-antwerp.html) have just announced that Antwerp will host its prestigious awards event in 2020. The opportunity (due to take place in June 2020), will mean that the city will be able to showcase its gastronomic excellence to the full. Look out later this year, for more information as we reveal more about what is planned during 2020.

Bruegel in Brussels 2019: Bruegel In Black and White 15 October 2019 – 16 January 2020

Royal Library of Belgium ( KBR – https://www.kbr.be/en/collections/prints) It is probably a little known fact that Bruegel was more prolific as a printmaker than as a painter. During his lifetime he designed some 60 prints, which spread his fame across the globe. These multiples in black and white were very popular but have become very rare and fragile after more than four hundred years. The Royal Library has a complete and unparalleled collection of Bruegel’s prints in black & white. These unique drawings will be exclusively taken out of storage during a special exhibition. Due to their fragility, the drawings are rarely put on display. The exhibition takes place in the palace of Charles de Lorraine,with its marble rotunda and magnificent frescoes and is one of Brussels’ few 18th century treasures. It is an integral part of the Royal Library and is well worth a visit in its own right. 

The Great War – To End all Wars – currently ongoing until 15 November 2019 In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres

When an Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, it was said to put an end to the war to end all wars. Nothing could have been further from the truth. While the war ended in Western Europe, it didn’t in the east of Europe. Age-old empires vanished, and new countries emerged on paper. Lines on maps would henceforth determine the new future of hundreds of millions of people. This exhibition (http://www.inflandersfields.be/en/to-end-all-wars-3) in the In Flanders Fields Museum, tells the story of what unfolded in history.

Journey’s End – 5-11 November 2019 – Skindles, Poperinge

Back in Flanders for the third year running, the acclaimed MESH Theatre production of R.C Sheriff's "Journey's End" (https://www.meshtheatre.com/journeysend.html) returns to Flanders again this year. It's a moving play, telling the story of British soldiers in their trench awaiting a German attack. This Tony-Award-winning play first ran in 1928, starring Laurence Olivier. The production has already received wonderful reviews in the past and this year, moves to a new venue in Poperinge. The venue now houses a guesthouse but was formerly known as the Skindles Hotel and housed a WW1 officers club. A fitting venue for the performance.

Belgium Remembers  – 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Antwerp – 7-8 September 2019

On the occasion of the commemoration of the Liberation of Europe during the second World War, Antwerp is organising Liberation Days (https://belgiumremembers44-45.be/experience/antwerp-liberation-days/) as one of the events chosen to commemorate this special time. The event start off with a unique 7 km parade with 100 historic and contemporary military and civilian vehicles, accompanied by marching bands and actors. 15 historic planes will join in a fly-over over the Scheldt, where boats will sail in a historic flotilla. In the evening, a grand spectacle will take place here. The following day, the liberation parade follows on to the north of the city with a display of aircraft as well as frigates on the Schelde river promising a memorable weekend for all visitors.