The Old Stock Exchange on the Hofstraat had become too small. To replace it, 1531 saw the construction of the … New Stock Exchange.
At the end of November 2014 Unesco recognised the Belgian carillon culture as a 'best practice in protecting immaterial cultural heritage'.
With his book ‘Oorlog en terpentijn’ (War and turpentine) the Belgian author Stefan Hertmans won the prestigious AKO Prize for Literature 2014.
On 17 October 2014 the province of West Flanders organised the great light spectacle 'Lightfront' in remembrance of the First World War.
The Belgian Comic Strip Center (BSC) celebrated its 25th anniversary on 4 and 5 October 2014.