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Oostende Voor Anker 2020 - CANCELLED
From Friday 29 May 2020
To Monday 01 June 2020
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Contact Colin Stone for more info.

Now Cancelled - 25 March 2020


From Hubert Rubbens,  Curator Oostende Voor Anker.

"Ostend, its port, its beaches, its jetty and of course its maritime past! With great pleasure we present Ostend at anchor, the largest maritime festival on the North Sea, which will take place from 29 May to 1 June (Whitsun weekend).

The fastest manner to confirm your participation is to go to our website : 

For the 21st edition James Ensor is in the spotlight! His shells, masks and marines will be the theme of the festival! It was in our seaside resort that the brilliant James Ensor was born in 1860. His work is closely linked to his city and tells us about it with force, through the sensitive prism of the painter's vision. Conversely, Ostend bathes us in the atmosphere of his childhood and his family home, now transformed into a museum of the same name.

During the Ostend festival at anchor you will discover his marines, masks and shells. This gives you the chance to understand the painter's universe.  Ostend at Anchor takes place, just like in 2019, in the two Mercator docks, the Montgomery dock, where you can book a trip at sea or a harbour tour on board of a steam tugboat! Large ships are moored at the cruise quay behind the station, but are easily accessible! This year for the first time we expect the three-masted ship “le Français" and the Polish three-masted ship "Dar Mlodiezy" ! But at the festival, with its seawater scent, you will discover much more!  More than 140 old rigged ships will be present, 100 exhibition stands with authentic maritime boatjumble, maritime artists, exhibitions and information about the maritime heritage and more than 100 concerts of folk music, maritime music and sea songs etc..... 

For me, Ostend is my muse, my source of inspiration. The swarm of inhabitants of Ostend, tourists, the sound of the waves, the activity’s in the port, the light of the city, the sunset are an irreplaceable atmosphere! And the incomparable smell of my city, the smell of Ostend! The festival takes you through the streets of Ostend to discover its history and to taste the almost tangible mystery that still hangs over its streets! On the fishery quay you will discover the fishmarket where you will learn how to peel the unique grey shrimp from the North Sea! Come to this unique festival in Belgium!

The people of Ostend will be happy to welcome you!"

Location Mercator Dock, Oostende, BE
Festival expected to include mooring, electricity and water from Monday 25 May to Tuesday 2 June. But will be confirmed nearer the time.
Old original vessels and new builds welcomed.