When you say Ghent, you think Ghent Altarpiece. After all, the two are inextricably linked. Ghent is the city where Van Eyck painted his world-famous masterpiece and where for the past six centuries, millions of visitors have gathered from all over the world to admire the altarpiece. Ghent is celebrating Jan Van Eyck and the Ghent Altarpiece with a special festive year full of events and activities for everyone to enjoy. Van Eyck was here. And will be here to stay. Will you?

Van Eyck year extended until spring 2021

The corona crisis has also hit the Van Eyck year hard. Many events and activities unfortunately have been suspended or postponed. The theme year 'OMG! Van Eyck was here' is therefore extended by six months.

To avoid losing the program that should have made 2020 a festive year, the Van Eyck year is extended until June 24, 2021 with the Saint John’s Day as the closing event. This gives you the opportunity to still enjoy the many fantastic projects and activities as planned.

Experience the Ghent altarpiece

Visit us for the full experience. Tantalise all your senses. See the colours featured on the Ghent Altarpiece come to life in magical spectacles. Get carried away by the scents of the flowers and plants featured in the work during the Ghent Floralies. Or better even: taste them in one of the city's top-notch restaurants. Feel the intricate brocade or solid oak wood in contemporary designs. Listen to angelic music from the 15th century brought to life or reworked into modern compositions.

Visual arts, theatre, dance, design, fashion, gastronomy, music and even shopping ... For a whole year, everything in the city will be a nod to Van Eyck and his impressive masterpiece. Come to Ghent.

“Van Eyck is ours”

The Ghent altarpiece belongs in Ghent. Although the van Eyck brothers were commissioned by Joost Vijd and Elisabeth Borluut to paint the masterpiece, it was actually meant for the people of Ghent,  who have been able to admire this world-famous work of art in their St Bavo’s Cathedral for six centuries.

Ghent shows its visitors that van Eyck left a mark on the city that is still visible today. After all, the Ghent altarpiece is so much more than just a piece of world heritage. It’s a living icon that continues to fascinate and inspire. Van Eyck’s legacy is omnipresent in the city and is part of the DNA of the people of Ghent. It is therefore not surprising that the proud citizens of Ghent are launching numerous initiatives  to celebrate their Ghent altarpiece and their great master Jan van Eyck.

Smakeleyck, eating like Van Eyck

During the theme year 'OMG! Van Eyck was here' the Flemish master not only comes to life in the city, but you can also see, hear and especially taste the Van Eyck year at local shops, bars and restaurants.

The craftsmen of Van Eyck

More than seventy Ghentish creators have created a product or design inspired by the Ghent Altarpiece. Each and every one of them a passionate artisan who, just like Jan Van Eyck in the fifteenth century, are keeping artisanal mastery alive with the utmost care, knowledge, and patience. 

The Van Eyck creators practice a broad range of crafts, leading to a great diversity of unique products: jewellery, hats, floral arrangements, beer, rugs, shawls, handbags, ceramics, glassware… The variety on offer is tremendous. Their exclusive products will be offered for sale in the Van Eyck shop underneath the Belfry.

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