AN project Blankenberge

In 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. 

Since 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.  

The 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.

The association invests this prize money in promotion, maintenance and restoration of the Art Nouveau heritage in Blankenberge.