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Autumn Gent Festival

OdeGand festival view in Ghent

If you thought that the festival season in Ghent finishes with the close of summer, you have obviously not been living here for long. Gentenaars do not let the seasons define their festival plans. Bridging the gap between the summer festive feeling and the usually rainy Film Fest Gent is

The Curious Case of Ham-Dressed University Pillars

Jan Fabre Gent, Copyright: UGent

An animated discussion on the appeal of the Broche pillar on Korenmarkt or the love-hate relationship of Gentenaars with the Schapenstal (sheep barn, a pet name for the Stadshal on the Emile Braunplein) - these are just the two latest examples of how engaged the city dwellers are when it

Meet the Glocals: First Event Kicks Off

Meet the Glocals is a series of expat events in Ghent where newcomers meet more established expats and experts to talk about their burning issues. Organised by Community Gent, several rounds of the events will take place this year. Read on to learn all about them. TheSquare.Gent caught up with the

New Year traditions and events in Gent

Fireworks, Stad Gent

The holiday season can be tricky for expats: this season is filled with traditions and as everyone is eager to relive their happy childhood moments, there is even more scope for misunderstanding than usual. After our introduction to Christmas traditions in Flanders, here is our handy guide to what you

Cosplay and FACTS – a great way to make friends

Cosplayer Violet Gray

This weekend you might bump into Hogwarts students, Dr Who companions and anime characters trekking from Gent-Sint-Pieters towards the Flanders Expo. If you are wondering where they are going and what they are doing, read on. FACTS, the largest Belgian comic con, happens twice a year, in October and April

All the information in one place: the annual expat event

The annual expat event by Community Gent called “Living And Working in Gent” took place the 5th of October at the amazing Ghelamco Arena in Ghent. This informative event brings together expats and organizations supporting expats to feel more at home in Gent. Expats are defined as people from abroad

Horseback shrimp fishing at Koksijde

horseback shrimp fishing oostduinkerke

If you are familiar with the Lithuanian expression 'as calm as a Belgian' and have ever wondered how that would look like, you can see it live at an unusual coastal heritage event - shrimp fishing from a horseback. This traditional type of coastal fishing is said to be the

How to cook up a Japanese film festival

Tomoko Kaji copyright Natasa Ahacic

Last updated: 7th March, 2018 Almost 10 years ago, Tomoko Kaji found herself at the opening night of the budding Japan Square film festival in Ghent. Even though she had heard about the festival from her husband, renowned Japanologist and festival collaborator Luk Van Haute, she didn't know what to expect. She

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