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 the 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.
Lace is placed in its historical context, but the congress will primarily focus on contemporary lace: ‘Living Lace’.
Workshops are 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, or Sint-Gilliskerk in Dutch, is the setting for a sublime exhibition about religious lace from different churches and monasteries in Bruges. The exhibition is a cooperation with the museums of Bruges. Close to the church the Kantcentrum or the Center for Lace will introduce you to its summer courses and teacher training.
- Close to the beguinage, the Bogardenkapel will be transformed into a ‘Lace Chapel’ by students of the Stedelijke Academie, the art school. Nearby, the traditional Lace Days will take place in Brouwerij De Halve Maan, an authentic brewery.
- The City Archives in the center of Bruges will show the economic dimension of lace in previous centuries. In the monumental City Halls, you will find the lace market. Private collectors will show their most beautiful pieces in the treasury. The best artists from Belgium and abroad will display their original lace masterpieces and even royal works will be exhibited.
Additionally, there will be lectures by five lace experts in the Old St. John congress center.
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.
Mayor Renaat Landuyt: “ Bruges is the ideal location for the World Lace Congress, as the city is famous for its lace. Bruges also has many unique locations for hosting congresses and exhibitions. We are delighted that Living Lace chose Bruges and we will welcome the more than one thousand participants with great enthusiasm.”