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Expat Families in Ghent Welcomed With New Year Drink

Community Gent organised a New Year’s reception to welcome expat families in Ghent on Saturday the 28th January 2017 at the STAM – Ghent City Museum. The new logo of TheSquare.Gent was revealed and a tombola was organised at the event.

Here is a collection of pictures from the event captured by Natasa Ahacic. Can you spot yourself or someone you know?

Expat families in Ghent gathered at the museum to toast the New Year. 170+ people attended, of which 50 were children.


Welcoming speeches 

International Children

Emma Lawrence and the parenting group Gentse Spruiten helped with dragon related arts and crafts, and pupils of the International School of Ghent did storytelling as entertainment for the children.


Local Tombola

A part of the programme was TheSquare.Gent tombola raffle. Attendees won prizes kindly donated by our supporters:New kids experience café in Ghent: Amelie et Moi, Irish pub: Patrick Foley’s, the bank BNP Paribas Fortis, the beer brewery Gruut, STAM café, language school Berlitz, Irish pub Celtic Towers, STAM – Ghent City Museum, artisanal liqueur producer Roomer, Sneeuwballen maker Confiserie larmuseau and Luxe Spa & Massage in Wachtebeke.

Thank you for attending the expat families in Ghent New Year’s Drink!

An upcoming event for expats is Financial Affairs by BNP Paribas Fortis Expat at Vlerick Business School. You can already save the date in your agenda; the evening of 28th March 2017. Follow our FB page for updates on this and future expat related events!

About the author:

Jenny BjorklofJenny is originally from Finland and moved to Ghent in 2009. Now she works as self-employed organising events, supporting businesses with marketing and helping people starting their own businesses by being a community manager of Entrepreneurs Anonymous & co-organiser of Freelance Business Day. Find out more and connect with her on LinkedIn.

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