Bruges Knows About Lace

From 13 August until 25 August Bruges will bring the magic of lace to life during the World Lace Congress. Thousands of lace enthusiasts and experts from all over the world will participate in a versatile and interesting programme. Bruges and lace have always been inextricably linked, which is one of the reasons why the city is the perfect location for the congress.

Themed ‘Living Lace’, the congress will primarily focus on contemporary lace. Workshops are to be held from 13 until 16 August. The congress itself will take place in three unique locations from 17 until 19 August: the Gothic St Giles Church, the Bogardenkapel which will be transformed into a ‘Lace Chapel’ by students of the Stedelijke Academie, the art school, and the City Archives in the centre of Bruges which will show the economic dimension of lace in previous centuries. Additionally, there will be lectures by five lace experts in the Old St. John congress centre.

Afterwards, from 20 until 25 August, a lace tour that stops in ten different Belgian cities will be organised. Local museums and lace artists will host their own lace exhibitions.

(Picture: Oud Sint-Jan, Brugges)

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