the spring of 2000 the Vriendenkring Stadsgidsen Blankenberge
(Blankenberge City Guides and Friends) started to draw up an inventory
of the Art Nouveau heritage in the town.
The abundance of material found on this quest, together with
archival evidence and the advice of experts, allowed them to hold an
informative evening seminar, a weekend and a fortnight-long exhibition.
A new Art Nouveau Walk (together with VTB-VAB) and Art Nouveau
brochure complemented these events.
2002 more than 5,000 people have walked the Art Nouveau route. Guided
through Blankenberge by dedicated guides they discovered, to their
delight, a totally new and unexpected town.
Art Nouveau project of the Vriendenkring Stadsgidsen Blankenberge
association was awarded a prize twice: first as the laureate of an
appeal for projects relating to the Year of the Volunteer by the Flemish
Community, and then as the winner of the Ford Prize for Culture.
association invests this prize money in promotion, maintenance and
restoration of the Art Nouveau heritage in Blankenberge.