<p>Culture, sport, entertainment… Antwerp hosts plenty of colourful events every year, including festivals, exhibitions and other events.</p>
We have selected our personal top 10 of future events which you can’t afford to miss when writing an article about Antwerp. Contact us for further information.
Museum Plantin-Moretus has been completely renovated. Besides a new-build with a reading room and a depot, the permanent exhibition has also been completely overhauled. Experience the atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage site to the fullest.
Winter in Antwerp wouldn’t be quite complete without the Christmas market and other events. From 10 December until 8 January, you can enjoy the great atmosphere in the city’s squares and shopping streets, the open-air ice skating rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, special Sunday shopping events and countless surprises.
Every first Sunday of the month, several shops are open in Antwerp’s historic city centre. There is plenty to choose from including fashion, design, antiques, delis and vintage shops. All within walking distance in a city that is both hip and historic, cool and classic, trendy and traditional.
Belgium is renowned for its comic strip designers as you will soon also be able to discover in Antwerp. Comics Station is a themed experience park, developed around popular Belgian comic strip characters such as Suske&Wiske and The Smurfs. The theme park’s location is spectacular: in Antwerp’s Central Station, which is considered one of the most beautiful train stations of the world.
In 2017, Antwerp’s new convention centre will finally open to the public. The Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp can host conventions of up to 2,000 participants in a new-build with all the modern facilities. The convention centre is ideally situated near Antwerp’s Central Station and the Zoo.
Annual fashion show of the students of the world-famous Antwerp fashion academy. An international jury evaluates their creations.
Future Encounters is a major art exhibition in the MAS that focuses on the beauty of art. Visitors can admire 120 different artworks, including paintings and sculptures, video art, installations and textiles. The exhibition essentially is a showroom of artistic beauty from several eras and cultures. You can also attend daily performances.
During the culinary “Smaakmeesters” (Taste Masters) event, Antwerp is transformed into an enormous food market. Several bars and restaurants can’t wait to share their craftsmanship and serve up delicious culinary treats to visitors.
DIVA, a unique museum experience about the enchanting world of diamonds, jewellery and goldsmithing will open to the public at the end of 2917. The exhibition in the MAS, titled “Objects of Desire” ties in perfectly with this.
Winter in Antwerp wouldn’t be quite complete without the Christmas market and other events. In December and January, you can enjoy the great atmosphere in the city’s squares and shopping streets, the open-air ice skating rink, a winter bar, original and fun shops, special Sunday shopping events and countless surprises.
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Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
Practical information about the climate, the city tax, the language and the public holidays in Antwerp.
As of 1 February 2017, the entire city centre of Antwerp and part of Linkeroever will become a Low Emission Zone (LEZ). The most polluting cars will no longer be welcome in the city as of this date.
What do you do if it’s raining outside but you don’t want to stay indoors? The Antwerp residents don’t let a shower or thunderstorm stop them from doing what they want to do. If you’re prepared to brave the bad weather, you will see that there’s plenty to keep you occupied, with an umbrella in hand, if necessary. We are happy to inspire you with sheltered and less sheltered tips.
There’s lots to see and experience at the redesigned Plantin-Moretus Museum. Step into the world of pioneering publisher Plantin and his in-laws, the Moretus family. Seven tips for an extra special museum visit.
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Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders. It has more diamonds shining in the shops than any other place in the world. The shops in Antwerp almost look like museums. You—almost literally—find a start-up around every corner.