The Crystal Ship colours the facades of Ostend
From 7 April, the artists of The Crystal Ship will be using the facades of Ostend as their canvas. 15 national and international artists are making large-scale murals especially for this popular arts festival. These will complement the current collection from the previous two editions
Street art, public art, installations, sculptures and small-scale interventions will be on display throughout Belgium's largest coastal city. There is something for everyone at this third edition of the arts festival in Ostend. Nowhere else in Europe have so many street artists been brought together.
Visitors can stroll past works from both national and international artists. No less than half of the locations have been offered by the residents of Ostend themselves. As such, residents have even entrusted the facades of their homes to the artists. The Crystal Ship brings art closer to people, to city residents. Their formula is to let artists do their thing in the middle of the city, on walls in the middle of the neighbourhood, in places where people live, work, etc. It is more than just throwing paint against a wall. It is art with a strong political, social and societal message.
Belgian talents Matthew Dawn and Jaune are among the participating artists. International artists including Icy & Sot are completing the line-up. French artists Zoer & Velvet and Oak Oak will also be in attendance.
Last year, the free itinerary through the city was a great success, with a total of 100,000 visitors. This year also promises to be a successful edition.
For the programme, tours and artists, you can consult the website of The Crystal Ship.