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    19-25 August 2009 : Filmfestival Oostende (yearly)

    by Innovator Updated May 24, 2009

    Yearly, in the biggest cinema of our coast : Kinepolis Oostende.

    Once more we offer an extensive program of films, TV-series, games and music-related footage.� The central theme of the Film Festival of Oostende still is film in the 21st century, with attention being paid to new media and new technologies, such as digital cinema.

    The Film Festival of Oostende is centred around 5 major themes : previews, Pop&Rock, The Master Selection: Tom Barman, TV series and XL gaming.

    The section Programme gives you a detailed overview of the different showings and events.� You will find everything you need to know about the Film Festival in the section FAQ. Journalists and professionals can consult the Press corner.

    The Film Festival of Oostende was made possible with the support of our numerous sponsors and partners.

    See website below for more info.

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    29 May-1 June: Oostende voor Anker (ancient ships)

    by Innovator Updated May 24, 2009

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    Every year, the last weekend of May, you can visit 'Oostende voor Anker'.

    It's an ancient ship showcase with ships from Belgium / Holland / France / Spain / ...
    Even restored pirate ships from 18xx Nice attraction and lots of tourists every year.
    In 2009 it's the 10th edition allready.

    It's a free event,only when you want to take a 3 hour sailtrip with drinks on board, or just go on board to watch, you have to pay. Every year there is a new guest country. In 2006 it was I reland.

    Enjoy a (hopefull) sunny day with thousands of tourists, spectacle, old costumes, paella stands, waffles, music from the guest country, and nostalgical local fishermenmusic and livesongs, atmosphere, very busy period

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    Boat trips in Oostende Fishing-sightseeing FRANLIS

    by budapest8 Updated Feb 13, 2009

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    Boat trips in Oostende

    Franlis

    A view of Oostende from the sea ! Departures daily in July and August, every hour.
    Info COPIED FROM Franlis website
    A wonderful sea trip…

    Embark and make a wonderful sea trip with the MS Franlis III from the port of Ostend! Enjoy the sun, the wind, the water...

    While you enjoy the fresh sea breeze you will admire the Belgian Coast from another point of view. The trip takes you offshore to the Buitenstroombank buoy, makes a bow to the coast to sail back – close to the beach - to the port of Ostend. You will pass big ferries, sailing boats, motorboats with fishermen in action with flying seagulls but also the beach and the dunes. The excursion (45 minutes) gives a complete particular view on the port and the city.

    Our shipping company has an experience of over 40 years in passenger transport at sea. Our vessel has state of the art navigation equipment and must observe very strict safety regulations. The boat can accommodate 97 passengers. Possibility to charter the entire ship exclusively for receptions, company events, sea burials... Special prices for groups, companies, schools...

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    Boat trips in Oostende

    by budapest8 Written Feb 12, 2009

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    Two Master Nele

    Past, present and future go hand in hand on board this two-master.
    The 'Nele' was built after the design of the historical Oostende two-mast
    smack and in accordance with the best sailing traditions.
    The 'Nele' was launched on 7 May 2005 and made its maiden sailing
    trip soon after. A classic ship for a new millennium no less than
    20 by 5.60 metres large! Over 200 square metres of modern luxury
    under 185 sq ms of sails. The best ingredients for a perfect day off on the water.

    Standard facilities on board: radio, DVD player, CD player, video recorder
    and flat screen (+TV & monitor, laptop connection possible).

    Prices 2008

    To be agreed upon - see contact

    Trips with the two-mast smack the "Nele" for one or several days

    (Teambuilding, reunions, pamper your customers, associations, family parties ….)

    Day at sea: € 1000
    (25 passengers + 5 crew members)

    Half a day at sea: - Morning (9am - 12u30pm): € 500
    - Afternoon (1u30pm - 6pm): € 600
    - Evening (8pm - 12pm): € 600

    The "Nele" can also be hired in the port, whether or not following a sea trip.
    (Prices on request, catering not included)
    Information: E-mail:

    The good ship Nele The good ship Nele Shiver me timbers matey! Land Ahoy! Nele
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    Boat trips in Oostende---Seastar

    by budapest8 Written Feb 12, 2009

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    Seastar

    The Seastar will take you on a trip along the Belgian coastline.
    This company has 2 vessels "Seastar" and the much smaller "Yserstar".
    The company operates a line between two Belgian coastal cities Oostende and Nieuwpoort.
    address: Seastar NV
    Havengeul 17
    8620 Nieuwpoort
    Tel: ++32 (0)58 23 24 25
    Fax: ++32 (0)58 23 24 00
    website: www.seastar.be
    email: info@seastar.be

    Daily departures in July and August from the 'Visserskaai'.

    Time schedule July and August 2008:

    Sea-excursion
    Departure Oostende: 12.00 am Arrival Nieuwpoort: 1.30 pm
    Departure Nieuwpoort: 2.30 pm Arrival Oostende: 4.00 pm

    Sea-trip
    Departure Oostende: 4.30 pm Arrival Oostende: 5.30 pm

    Boat trips from Oostende
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    Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap '

    by budapest8 Written Feb 12, 2009

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    When you visit Ostend you must visit the Fishermen’s Quay.
    This is on the way to the fish market.
    In the morning you can attend the homecoming of the shrimping boats.
    This is the best place to go to if you want to learn the dialect of Ostend
    .. The most delicious shrimps and many other kinds of fish are
    offered for sale in typical fish stands. Along the quay many
    stands sell lots of seafood.

    Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap ' Clara at Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap ' Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap ' Fishermen's quay - 'De Trap '
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    Riding the Kustram

    by cheryl123 Written Nov 16, 2008

    Buy a 3 day ticket - not expensive. Get on and off as and when you like. The flyer tells you all about every town along the stop. We visited sandsculptures, markets, shops, and walked and walked and walked in the sunshine along promenades, streets, parks, town farms etc.

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    Tourist Office

    by bonio Written Sep 29, 2008

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    A visit to the friendly and helpful Touisme Oostende office, close to the casino, would be a good place to start a visit to Oostende.
    They will book a hotel room for you and have maps of the city as well as loads of useful information.
    Helped us a great deal arriving in town with no hotel booked.

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    13 May - 14 may : International Kites Festival

    by Innovator Updated Aug 20, 2008

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    Program example :
    SATURDAY
    10.00-18.00 : kiting nationale & Internationale teams
    10.00-18.00 : Ostend Windgarden
    10.00-18.00 : Expo ‘alle kinderen vliegen’
    10.00-18.00 : Expo Kite Aerial Photography
    10.00-18.00 : Expo Mini Kites, Pins & Posters
    10.00-12.00 : Kinderatelier
    11.00-12.00 : Rokkaku gevecht
    11.30-12.30 uur: Kite initiatie
    13.00-14.00 uur: Happy Rotor Hour
    14.30-16.30 uur: Kinderatelier
    15.30-16.30 uur: Snoepjesdropping
    16.30-17.00 uur: Mega Team
    22.00 uur: Nachtvliegeren

    ZONDAG
    10.00-18.00 uur: kiting nationale & internationale teams
    10.00-18.00 uur: Ostend Windgarden
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo ‘alle kinderen vliegen’
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo Kite Aerial Photography
    10.00-18.00 uur: Expo Mini Kites, Pins & Posters
    10.00-12.00 uur: Kinderatelier
    11.00-12.00 uur: Rokkaku gevecht
    11.30-12.30 uur: Kite initiatie
    13.00-14.00 uur: Happy Rotor Hour
    14.00-14.30 uur: Mega Team
    15.30-16.30 uur: Snoepjesdropping
    16.00-16.30 uur: Prijsuitreiking

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    21 March 2008 - 22 March 2009 : Art on table

    by Innovator Updated Aug 20, 2008

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    "Kunst aan Tafel" is a gastronomical & cultural event. Best restaurants & artists combine art & food. After you have eaten in an Art plate, you get the plate as a collectors item.

    See here for more info http://www.dekust.org/dekust/event.aspx?id=117978

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    16 August : Afro Carribean Festival (Bredene)

    by Innovator Written Aug 20, 2008

    One day a year (16 August in 2008), from 14hrs - 2hrs you can visit this festival freely in open air, with lots of Afro Carribean music, food, drinks, animation and markets. Interesting when you are in Ostend, cause Bredene is nog to far (you can reach it by tram or car,...)

    MAIN STAGE
    ----------------
    Sierra Maestra (Cuba) Buena Vista Social Club style Bora Bora samba-rhythms.
    La Kinky Beat with Manu Chau ’s 'Radio Bemba' orchest. Ska, punk, reggae,... a highlight

    17-headed orchestra NG La Banda, one of the best salsa orchestra's from Cuba. The voice of the street with well schooled musicians, one explosive cocktail!

    Dr. Sakis (Congo) from Paris with dynamic live-act, soukous & zouk & great dancers.

    Closing act : DJ with worldmusic dancebeatz

    16 h Sierra Maestra (Cuba – son)
    18 h Bora Bora (Braz/NL – samba/funk)
    20 h La Kinky Beat (Barcelona – mestizo)
    22 h NG La Banda (Cuba – salsa)
    24 h Dr Sakis (Congo – soukouss)
    02 h DJ party

    STAGE 2
    From Cameroun : Funkis with Black Yekan orchestra. Afrobeat, hiphop, bikutsihythms with modern instruments. Staff des Leaders with young musicians from Congo's diaspora play Soukouss, most danceable African music!

    From Casablanca a Maroccan woman from the world of raï. Cheba Maria mixes Algerian raï, Marokkaanse chaabi & oriëntal rhymes and is very popular in Maghreb. Not to miss!

    19 h Funkis & Black Yekan (Cameroun – afrobeat/hip hop)
    21 h Staff des Leaders (Congo – soukouss)
    23 h Cheba Maria (Marokka – raï/chaabi)
    01 h DJ party

    JEMAA EL FNA
    Oriëntal sounds & dances, henna-paintings, Maroccan thee-ceremony, bellydancing, DJ

    LATIN CORNER
    Learn the hotest salsadances / latin DJ

    16 - 16.30 Workshop salsa
    16.40 - 17.10 Workshop zouk-style
    17.20 - 17.50 Workshop salsa
    18 - 18.30 Workshop zouk-style
    18.40 - 19.10 Workshop salsa
    19.20 - 19.50 Workshop zouk-style
    20 - 20.30 Workshop salsa
    20.40 - 21.10 Workshop zouk-style
    21.30 - 01.30 DJ Pepe

    PETIT MATONGE - OPEN AIR DJ-PARTY
    Djembé, a master from Burkina Faso with hypnotising balafonsounds.
    When dark a DJ from Senegal + breakdancing in open air.

    13.30 - 14 Workshop djembé
    14.10 - 14.40 E. Sanou - balafon
    14.50 - 15.20 Workshop djembé
    15.30 - 16 E. Sanou - balafon
    16.10 - 16.40 Workshop djembé
    16.50 - 17.20 E. Sanou - balafon
    17.30 - 18 Workshop djembé
    18.10 - 18.40 Workshop Afrikaanse dansen
    18.50 - 19.20 Workshop doundoum
    19.30 - 20 Workshop Afrikaanse dansen
    20.10 - 20.40 Workshop doundoum
    20.50 - 21.20 Workshop Afrikaans dansen
    21.30 - 22 Workshop doundoum
    22.10 - 02 DJ Cisko + dansressen
    + hiphopact

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    Kinepolis Cinema

    by Innovator Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    The cinemacomplex has 10 movie-rooms and will be built partly under the Wellingtonrenbaan on the parking between Cafédroom and the ex-fuelstation.

    The horse-racing track will take place for a professional golf terrain with 9 holes, waterparts, heights and a parking with 942 places. A movie is about €7 worth.

    Montly there is an exclusive 'ladies night' and 'mens night' with one special movie dedicated to them, together with free gifts from sponsors (perfume,cola light,cornflakes,...) & prices to win (beauty arrangement,travelcheque)... Entrance is €10 for this Event.

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    1 Jul - 31 Jul : Summer Sales

    by Innovator Written Jul 19, 2008

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    Need new clothes at cheap prices? Ideal for tourists are the summer sales (whole month July).
    Oostende has been chosen as the best shoppingcity in Flanders and the whole coast.

    Sales start at -25% reduction, ending the last week of the month for about -70%!

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    30 Jul - 8 Aug : Theatre @ Sea - great event

    by Innovator Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    Don't miss the opening night! The theater itself starts 2 days before the official opening night in various theaters and pubs.

    The opening night is the first weekend (this year Saturday 29th July 23hrs - 0hrs at the station square). It's a breathtaking spectacle of 1 hour in open air (free) with futuristic acts on the square.

    Malaya is a dreamworld with big birds, a big floating airbaloon with a woman in white costume that sings over the audience high in the air, stiltwalkers fight each other with weapons and fire. Great futuristic beings. The spectacle is impressive due to the interaction of light, sound, the story and the public. The spectacle is a battle in a mythical dreamworld of big statues, fire, light and sound.

    You can describe it as science-fiction theatre, they march through the big audience on stilts, dressed as some sort of robots, with some princesses in great costumes.

    They set some things on fire and walk close through the audience with torches and lightguns, some special metal scafolds, and they perform a science fiction-like story.

    The music is great, the square is with 4 surroundspeakers, which makes the public feel they are part of the spectacle, you hear the futuristic robots speak a foreign language to make it more exiting with the fire. Not for small kids, they may be frightned!

    SPEKTAKEL CLOSE-ACT / WHITE WINGS on the station square (half hour)
    And at 23hrs starts the big fireworks on our small beach, to close the Theater Aan Zee spectacle officially.

    So the theaterfestival is for 9 days, acts everywhere, on the beach, through the shopping streets in the centre, in pubs and theaters and on big squares.

    Some acts are for free, some are to be paid (+-€6) and fast sold out, but make sure you don't miss the opening or closing spectacle in open air, it's really great!! See the 4 other pictures! For the whole program see www.theateraanzee.be

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    Casino Kursaal Oostende

    by csordila Updated Feb 14, 2008

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    From OOSTENDE magazine 2006:
    "There is a unique beginner’s formula for those who enjoy a bit of a gamble but dislike the idea of simply walking into a casino. One of the casino members of staff introduces you to the principles of the two most popular casino games, roulette and blackjack.
    You can start playing once you have mastered the basic rules. For this you receive six beginners’ chips. This tells the croupiers and your fellow players that you could do with a bit of extra help. Beginner’s formula with six chips plus cocktail: 14,00 euro per person."

    Open every day from 3pm. Free entrance.
    Minimum 21 years of age / Identity card required.

    Only for accomplished player! Casino Kursaal
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