The Crystal Ship will start in Ostend

The third edition of the arts festival, The Crystal Ship start this week in Oostende.

© The Crystal Ship

Sixteen artists will take place during the third edition of The Crystal Ship to work in Ostend for more than 12 murals to create or extract with striking art installations and interventions.

After this edition, there will be a total of more than 50 large murals in Ostend. On the line-up includes international names like Ben Slow, Colectivo Licuado and Etam Cru. Also Johannes Verschaeve, Belgian frontman of The Jets, will take part in the festival. With his project ‘The Peep Hole’, he wants to let visitors glimpse at Ostend familietaferelen.

Earlier it was announced that, in cooperation with fellow artist Sammy Slabbinck is a limited-edition gymbag is being created that will go on sale in a number of European shops.


The Crystal Ship is in a few years become a permanent fixture in Ostend. It is also important to Ostend entrepreneurs to involve in this story.

Johan Vande Lanotte, mayor of Ostend

To bridge the gap with local entrepreneurs

In various Oostende cafes there are also bierkaartjes to find with the work of the previous editions. ‘The Crystal Ship is in a few years become a permanent fixture in Ostend. It is also important to Ostend entrepreneurs to involve in this story, ” said mayor Johan Vande Lanotte.

‘In this way visitors come in contact with this unique festival, and is a bridge to the local entrepreneurs.’

Completely new is “The Crystal Expo: Andromeda’s not far away’ in cooperation with gallery Vroom & Varossieau and Catawiki in Expo18. At this location will be a dozen or so artists have less work to exhibit and sell for a good purpose.

‘With the work of D*Face, Risk, Blade , and L’Atlas & Tanc , we get only resounding names in contemporary art world to the city,” says curator Bjørn Van Poucke.

All works will be officially presented during the opening day on Saturday, april 7 at 14.30 hrs during a big party in the Ostend Langestraat and on the Monacoplein.

In cooperation with the Ostend festival Instant Karma, there are different performances of, among other Brihang on the program. Also Studio Brussel will be broadcasting from the Monacoplein.

Through the website of Tourism Ostend ( visitors can from now on also a specific The Crystal Ship arrangement books.


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