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2015 will see a brand new district take shape in central Ghent. The result of an unprecedented partnership between the City of Ghent, The Ghent Development Authority AGSOB, the Province of East Flanders, the Flemish Government, the city library, iMinds & Labs from UGent (University of Ghent) and the future VIAA (Flemish Institute for Archiving Audiovisual Heritage), residents will see the rundown areas of Waalse Krook and Wintercircus transformed into a hub of knowledge and culture, at the heart of which will be a new multimedia site. It will also house a new city library and centre for new media and provide new links between the historic centre and the arts quarter. It will be a place of contrasts, bringing together the present (library), the past (VIAA) and the future (IMinds) in a space which simultaneously celebrates the digital and the analogue, the high tech and the conventional.    


Date: Thursday 28 November

Hours: 14.00 – 17.15

Number of participants: up to 40 participants

Connected to: EUROCITIES Culture Forum


Mode of transport: by electric boat (meeting point: De Bijloke, Bijlokekaai)

Location and end point: Vooruit (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23)


You’ll begin your journey by boat passing by the site of the ‘Waalse Krook’ project and catching a glimpse of the winter circus. You’ll find out more at an introductory talk in the Vooruit Arts Centre ballroom, where you’ll hear about the goals, approach and challenges faced during the project.

Afterwards you’ll visit the Wintercircus where you’ll get an idea of the past, the present and the future of knowledge and culture in Ghent. The trip will end again in the Vooruit Arts Centre ballroom with a moderated discussion with representatives from other European cities with similar projects and challenges.

We advise wearing comfortable shoes during the Wintercircus visit.


14.00 – 14.30:  transport by electric boat, passing by the project site

14.30 – 15.00:  introduction to the ‘Waalse Krook’ project, library of the 21st century

15.00 – 16.00:  visit the Wintercircus

16.00 – 16.30:  coffee break

16.30 – 17.15:  comparison of Ghent’s approach against two other European cities with similar projects and challenges