Memorial Events – calendar of WW1 events in 2014.

All year round: Henry Chapelle Remembrance Itinerary

 

Although surprised by the start of the offensive, the American units reacted vigorously to restore their lines of defence, and managed to inflict a considerable delay to the push. The Kampfgruppe Peiper was finally stopped at La Gleize. The 12th, 2nd and 9th SS Panzer was also stopped. The breakthrough of the 6th Panzer Army was brought to a stop. 

Itinerary: This route starts at Henri Chapelle, and runs through the villages and towns of Eupen, Elsenborn, Krinkelt-Rocherath, Büllingen, Bütgenbach, Baugnez, Ligneuville, Saint Vith, Poteau, Vielsalm, Grand Halleux, Neufmoulin, Trois-Ponts and finally La Gleize. Download our brochure "The Battle of the Ardennes"

Location: HENRY-CHAPELLE. www.belgiumtouristguide.be

 

21 March 2014 - 16 November 2014: Once Upon a Time 1914

 

An eponymous comic book is the main part of this exhibition. The book and the exhibition complement each other and discuss different themes. Letters, drawings, newspapers, documents, weapons, day to day items and clothes, drawn in original comic strips. The exhibition, therefore, enriches the comic with an added third dimensional aspect: (Once upon a time 1914) ( Il était une fois) a collective and never-before-seen work, put together and edited by Stavelot Abbey and exhibited by the IPW (Walloon Heritage Institute).

Location: STAVELOT. www.abbayedestavelot.be

 

1 May – 5 October 2014: Arlon 1914-1918 Exhibition

 

This exhibition gives you the opportunity to find out more about the German occupation in one of the most southern part of Belgium during the First World War. The Gaspar Museum will host this exhibition focusing on the daily lives of the inhabitants of the Arlon area during the Great War. The Arlon inhabitants faced a very strict occupation regime during WW1, many citizens here were forced to welcome enemy troops into their homes, whether they were officers or second line soldiers, or even railway employees.

Location: Gaspar Museum, ARLON. www.ial.be

 

 

1 May to 30 November 2014. Museum Blockhaus Pionnier 14-18

 

This small museum tells the the story of the WWI German soldiers in an authentic blockhaus which dates back to the Great War in Comines, Wallonia. The scenography of the small three rooms is devoted to the German military heritage and to the life of the pioneer soldier from 1914 to 1914.This German Blockhaus established in the city centre seemed forgotten till the local History lovers turned it into a museum.

 

Location: COMINES

 

24 May to 24 December 2014: Two viewpoints of the First War World, Cartuyvels and Bourg

 

Discover, through the poignant accounts of G. Cartuyvels and P. Bourg, a town gripped by war. Today, only an image remains. The image of a town that could so easily be ours and that is split between the German occupation, with its deprivation and danger and waiting for news from the front. 

 

Location: Office du Tourisme, Rue de Pintamont 18 7800 ATH. 

www.ath.be

 

 

8 June - 27 October 2014: A lady of the manor in the trenches at Louvignies Castle 

 

The exhibition is inspired by Maria's true story, told by the lady of Louvignies Castle herself, in "Une Châtelaine dans les Tranchées" published by Racine publishers. Marvel at life in the castle and the high society activities that Maria indulged in during the Belle Epoque, before the war.

Witness Belgium's entry into the First World War, Chevtogne Castle's transformation into a makeshift hospital in August 1914, Maria's time at the front, in the heart of the trenches alongside civilians and soldiers. You can also discover the extraordinary friendship that linked Maria to Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, through moving personal accounts.

 

Prices: Guided tour of the castle and the exhibition - €8 per person

Location:Château de Louvignies, Rue de Villegas 1 7063 CHAUSSEE-NOTRE-DAME-LOUVIGNIES (SOIGNIES)

www.chateau-louvignies.be

 

27 June to 30 November 2014: Nestor Outer -1914-18: Battle of the Frontiers Centenary

 

The painter Nestor Outer from Virton will present through 70 works, the shattering events of August 1914 in Virton. At that time there were no wartime painter specifically enrolled in the region to bring back images. Nestor Outer, conscious of a duty of rembembrance, took it upon himself to illustrate the conflict in the Gaume region thus becoming a kind of wartime reporter.  At the beginning of the First World War, what was called the Battle of the Frontiers, devastated a whole region, from the Lorraine to Dinant. Virton and the surrounding villages were hit heavily. Yet, while the armed forces suffered hugely, we can't forget that civilians also paid a heavy price, one of the heaviest in modern times, with fires, massacres and destruction. The whole region still grieves, to this day, these darkest days of its history. As part of the First World War centenary, the Musée Gaumais will re-exhibit Nestor Outer's rare and popular work entitled "Larmes Gaumettes".

Location: Musee Gaumais, VIRTON.

 

04 July 2014 – 04 January 2015: Exhibition at the Museum of Weapons and Military History: Tournai, August 1914. A city steeped in war (“Tournai, Août 1914. Une ville plongée dans la guerre.”)

 

 

The Museum of Weapons and Military History in Tournai is situated in a fine large hotel of the late 18th century mentioned in the inventory of thearchitectural heritage of the Hainaut.

The new exhibition at the Museum of Weapons and Military History fits in the program of the commemorations of the centenary of the Great War. This exhibition highlights the battle of 24 August 1914, which managed to delay for one day the progression of cavalry divisions and battalions of German fighters, allowing the British Army to escape in the South.

The exhibition also evokes the weeks of uncertainty for families in the region. All through unpublished documents such as photographs, posters on the wall, eras pictures, movies, etc.

 

 

 

The museum opens from the 1st of April 2014 to the 31st of October, from 10 a.m to 12.30 p.m and from 1.30 p.m to 5.30 p.m. :

From the 1st of November to the 31st of March from 10 a.m to 12 p.m and from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. 

Closed on thusday. Individual entry= 4€ ; groups, seniors, students : 3€ ; school : 1€ ; free for under 6 years old ; free every fist sundays of the month.

Information at +32 69 21 19 66 

 

Location: 59-61 Rue Roc Saint Nicaise 7500 Tournai

 

13 - 14 September 2014: Heritage Days in Wallonia

 

These Heritage Days are the perfect opportunity to discover different places usually closed to the public. Discover or rediscover the richness of Belgium's cultural heritage with more than 350 activities are organised in 117 towns.
Take part in dozens of animations in the five provinces, walks and rides with all means of transport and a number of exceptional discoveries.
25th annual event... the 25th anniversary will be celebrated in the north and south of Belgium, From Bruges to Arlon, via Brussels!

 

The theme is "extra" ordinary heritage.

"Extra" ordinary means "never-before seen" or "out of the ordinary" or even "never seen in this way"... Basically, the theme is broad enough to allow imagination and creativity to achieve their full potential. There's only one instruction: get off the beaten track!

 

Location: Around Wallonia

www.journeesdupatrimoine.be

 

December 2014: The history Book Market

 

Discover the publications belonging to the museum and regional heritage associations.
This year, there will be a special focus on the First World War.
The most beautiful and rare books await you!
Book lovers, you know what to do this weekend!

 

 

Location: Centre Culturel Rue du Collège 31 4600 VISE 

 

 

LIEGE

 

February - 20 September 2014: Liège 14-18: «Sang d’encre (Worried to Death): Writing World War I»

 

From February to September 2014, the Chiroux Library commemorates the centennial of WWI and offers you a varied program, which includes «trench art», the war as glimpsed through postcards, comics, «role playing» activities, writing workshops, guided walking tours and more.

 

Location: Rue des Croisiers, 15 4000 Liege

www.liegetourisme.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 April 2014 - 31 December 2015: Exhibition – August 1914 in our region

 

Guided tour at the Maison du Souvenir: Wednesday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm or by appointment.

The Resistance of the forts and the Belgian troops around Liège and riots committed in our villages.

 

 

Location: Rue du Perron 1A 4681 City Hermalle-sous-Argenteau

 

1 August - 30 September 2014: Special action in the brasseries and restaurants of the Province of Liège: «Comme en 14»

 

The Tourist Federation of the Province of Liège decided to launch a special action in the restaurants and brasseries of the Province of Liège. This action aims at promoting the typical dishes and family dishes of this war period.

 

List of establishments: www.liegetourisme.be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 August 2014 - 31 May 2015: Liège in turmoil - Exhibition at the Museum of Walloon Life

 

Discover the various facets of what life was really like in Liège during the First World War!

On one hand, emphasis is put on the Battle of Liège and the heroic resistance of the forts from 4 to 6 of August 1914. A resistance that earned the Ardent City its Legion of Honour on the 7 August 1914.

On the other hand, attention is focused on the bitter experiences endured by the people during the occupation.

By way of introduction, an initial area exhibits economic, social, cultural and military aspects of life in Liège and in the province, before the conflict.

Once the background has been established, the admirable attitude of the Belgian army is highlighted, amongst others during battles such as the "Bataille des intervalles" (Battles of intervals).

A symbolic reconstruction of the ring of forts in Liège enables visitors to also understand the role played by Liège in the course of the conflict.

Immediately afterwards, German acts of violence are illustrated, that senselessly affected the inhabitants of towns and villages in Liège.

Gratuitous acts that highlight as much the brutality of the conflict as the victimisation of neutral Belgium. Two elements that greatly fuel ally propaganda. An area that then focuses on the daily life of civilians in Liège during fours year of conflict such as, rationing, aid, deportation, resistance, artistic activities, etc.

The painful absence of the deportees is also given a particular focus.

A final space consists of a memorial dimension, is centred around remains and memory of the Great War in Liège and its province, and welcomes educational entertainment and activities.

 

Location: Musée de la Vie Wallonne 4000 LIEGE

www.liegeexpo14-18.be

 

2 August 2014 - 31 May 2015: I was 20 years old in 1914 - Exhibition in Liège

 

The exposition takes a comprehensive approach to the war both in Belgium and throughout the world. You will discover notable, authentic scene, such as the soldier under enemy fire in a trench, or a resistance fighter facing a firing squad...

Various points of view are exhibited from leaders, soldiers, doctors and civilians etc. who recall the origins of conflict, the battles, healthcare, the resistance...which ends with the transformation of the country as part of the new world.

 

The course of events is chronological and thematic:The chronology (countries being invaded, countries being occupied, countries being liberated, countries being transformed) fall within these points of view expressed. 

The themes are as follows:

  • Prologue: The end of the Belle Epoque, war premises, the spark of the attack.
  • Army leaders: Europe goes up in flames, resistance against the invader, a world war.
  • Soldiers: Mobilisation of the troops, soldiers from all over the world, from forts to the trenches, "trench art", God of the trenches, weapons, flying aces.
  • Doctors: Suffering soldiers, treatment.
  • Artists: Artistic life in the war.
  • Resistance fighters: Resisting against the enemy, against the war, the Belgian press, death...
  • Victors: The USA go to war, the Russian evolution, the final offensives, peace treaties.
  • A new world.

 

Open from Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 6.30pm – Saturdays and Sundays (and public holidays), from 9.30am to 7pm.

Location: Gare de Liège Guillemins 4000 LIEGE

www.liegeexpo14-18.be

 

13th-14th September: Heritage days “les lieux de memoire”

 

On September 13 and 14, 2014 the 26th edition of the Heritage Days will be dedicated to «remembrance sites». The exhibition «Liège 1914-1927: Death and Resurrection of an Industrial Region» will be held in the Provincial Place, which is traditionally open to the public during these days.

Countless other sites will open their doors to the public during that weekend.

 

 www.journeesdupatrimoine.be

 

13th and 14th September 2014: City of Liege: Guided visits for groups & schools

 

Thematic day for groups

Visits in many languages (FR, NL, DE, EN)

 

 Places of memory 14-18: fortified position of Liège

In the morning, you can go and discover the historic centre along a pedestrian  route passing by some must-see places of the history and life in Liège : the  provincial palace of Liège, the Perron, the city hall, the opera, the cathedral, the college, the museums… mark out this journey of a thousand faces.

Duration: 2 hours

 

Option: the visit of the historical centre can be replaced by one of these following visits: the slopes of the citadel, unusual corners of the city, Guillemins station and its neighbourhood, the Cathedral and the Square-Outremeuse, places of heritage and folklore.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Fort Loncin, which has a special place in the memory of the First World War. The museum presents some mock-ups and collectible items. There is a guide available for the Fort Loncin visit.

Duration: 3 hours

 

Price: from 9€/person (for a minimum of 25 participants)

Lunch not included in the price 

www.liege.be

 

20 September 2014: Liege 14-18: International Military Music Festival 

 

On Saturday September 20, 2014, on the occasion of the hundredth year anniversary of WWI and as part of the Day of the Walloon Region, an International Military Music Festival is to take place in the Provincial Place of Liège. This event, which will be run by the Province of Liège in partnership with the Ministry of Defense, will bring together various military musicians including the Italian Army corps, the Bersaglieri. These groups will spread merriment in the city centre before making their way to the Place Saint-Lambert.

 

 

Location: Place Saint-Lambert

 

www.liegetourisme.be

 

All year round: Liège Inter-Allied monument

 

As the first city to have effectively opposed the invaders in 1914, Liège was chosen in 1925 by the International Federation of Allied Ex-Servicemen to erect an inter-Allied monument. The civil memorial contains several monuments offered to Liège by the allied Nations. This monuments are located outdoors. (On the esplanade) or inside the tower (in its crypt and in its low and high rooms).

office.tourisme@liege.be

 
 
All year round: The Forts Of The Fortified Position Of Liege...
 
The fortified position of Liege, which is well-known for its unexpected resistance during the invasion, remains one of the most important sites of WW1 in Belgium. Most of these forts are now demilitarized and can be visited.
The Fort of Loncin is the best-known of the Forts of Brialmont. On August 15th, 1914, under the shots of the "Big Berthas", one of the two ammunition depots exploded, burying 350 of its defenders. The Fort of Loncin is the only one to have retained its original weaponry of 1914. Besides the visit of the Fort, which offers you a splendid view on the explosion crater and a moving visit of the crypt, the adjacent museum features a combination of scale models and artifacts, some of which are exceptional. The fort features a scenography circuit, which allows you to relive the final moments of the garrinson and the explosion of the fort. 
 

 

MONS

 

28 June - 14 September 2014: Guided tours of the battle of Mons

 

Discover the battlefield on board a traditional English bus. A duty of remembrance in the form of a visit, in Mons from 28/06 to 14/09/14!

 

Accompanied by a professional guide (FR/EN), you will discover the places affected by the Battle of Mons in 1914.

At dawn on 23 August 1914, a German bombardment began on British lines. The Germans focused a large part of their attacks on the part of the British lines behind the Mons-Condé canal. They wanted, in this way, to take hold of the four bridges spanning the canal...

At 9am, four German battalions attacked the Nimy bridge. This first attack was easily resisted by the British, resulting in severe losses for the Germans.

The following German attacks were much better prepared and the allied forces endured great losses...but the bridges were conserved and the attacks resisted.The Germans decided to widen their attack, and despite great losses, the two British battalions resisted all attempts made to cross the canal throughout the day.

Discover a part of our history!

 

Prices: €18/adult, €12/child.

Reduced prices in June and July for Mons inhabitants: €10/adult and €5/child.

 

Location: Grand Place, 7000 MONS

www.visitmons.be

 

4 July - 7 September 2014: Exhibition "Les Jeannines"

 

The Magasin de Papier has never worn its name so well as it opens its doors to fans of all kinds of paper, whether it’s used for collages, music or history. This summer, the venue goes underground and becomes Mons’ desktop publishing hub, “Les Jeannines”. It will be everything it has achieved, including an installation connected to the release of two booklets about the First World War. “Louis Olivier” and “La rivière” are the imaginary stories of our great-grandparents, offering a sensitive interpretation of this tragic time. Through pictures, writing and music, these accounts ask complex questions about individual freedom, memory and survival during a conflict that dramatically changed the world, ushering in a new era.

www.polemuseal.mons.be

 

Location: Magasin de Papier

 

12 July - 16 November 2014: Exhibition entitled "Fritz Haber, A mind at war"

 

This exhibition tells the story of Fritz Haber, a Jewish-German chemist who was a paradoxical figure, a friend of Einstein and the inventor of mustard gas, which was used as a weapon during the Great War. It tells the story of the 1918 Nobel Prize for Chemistry and is illustrated by the Belgian artist David Vandermeulen. He received the 2008 historic cartoon prize, awarded by the Rendez-Vous de l'Histoire de Blois and the Château de Cheverny for the second volume in his Fritz Haber series, called Les héros. The series was launched over 10 years ago; this year, the author will publish his fourth album. Critics recognise his rigorous work and impeccable historic methods, backed up by an academic background that is essential when it comes to tackling this sort of controversial subject: the responsibility of the Jewish-German scientific and political elite during the First World War. Working with ink wash and using sepia ink, David Vandermeulen has a very specific technique that makes his work so original. He manages to develop an almost photographic realism, while also introducing contrasting effects with shadows in different shades of brown. An unflinching project, which will be laid out by his very own team of designers. An exhibition that is likely to haunt you thanks to the subject matter, the work and the atmosphere that will fill the Salle Saint-Georges, a former chapel that has been converted into an exhibition space.

 

Location: Salle Saint-Georges 

www.sallesaintgeorges.mons.be

 

1st-24 August: Angels of Mons, 3D screening on the Town Hall 

 

 Every evening in August 2014, the Grand’Place in Mons will be  completely transformed to dazzle you with the famous story of the  Angels of  Mons. Retold as a dialogue between a resident of Mons  and a British soldier,  the story will tell you what really happened on  23 August 1914. This sound  and light show will be  an unforgettable experience for young and old alike.

 

 

  • Live broadcasting on a big screen of the commemorations taking place at St. Symphorien Military Cemetery on 04/08. This ceremony, organised by the British Government, will be a private one. With the help of the City of Mons, a big screen will be set up in the Grand’Place so that residents of Mons and visitors will be able to play an active role in the Commemorations.

 

  • Commemorative ceremonies on 23 August.

 

3 August - 11 November 2014: Exhibition dedicated to the Battle of Mons

 

From August to November 2014, the Maison de la Mémoire will be opening its doors to host an exhibition entitled “1914-2014 La Bataille de Mons vue par les Montois” (The Battle of Mons as experienced by the people of Mons). The aim of this project launched by the Maison de la Mémoire is to commemorate this battle by working with the Military History Interpretation Centre to put on an exhibition based on photographs and personal diaries. The 3 personal diaries kept at the time describe the day-to-day lives of citizens of Mons during the battle in August 1914 and the beginning of the occupation of Mons from 1914 to 1918. These are accompanied by remarkable photographs selected from the Mons Photographic Archive kept by André Faehrès. The Chapelle des Soeurs Noires will host an exhibition looking at the contemporary vision of the “Angels of Mons” through visual art and music (an original composition). This project will be backed up by other events focusing on the same theme, including talks and guided tours of the city. The exhibition is keen to have an international appeal, so will be fully bilingual to attract lots of British visitors who will be coming to Mons for the centenary of the Battle. This project, organised by the Maison de la Mémoire, will continue after 2014. A second exhibition is planned for 2016, looking at day-to-day life during the occupation, and a third in 2018 on the liberation and the first commemorations.These exhibitions will all take the same approach.

 

Location: Maison de la Mémoire: 2, Rue des Soeurs Noires, 7000 Mons

 

20-27 August 2014: A series of memorial events, static camps and marches to evoke the spirit of the timeWith history coming alive through the displays staged by the living history groups (Great War Society) the public will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to see and speak to soldiers of both sides as they prepare for battle. It will be an opportunity to learn about the weapons, equipment, lives and experiences of the soldier who fought in the campaign.

 

22 August 2014: Commemorations at Casteau monument

 

Two commemorative monuments can be found here, for the First and the Last of the Great War.

• Monument to the first confrontation between the British cavalry and the German soldiers on 22 August 1914.

• Monument to Canadian troops after the liberation of the City of Mons on 11 November 1918 (plaque on the “Medicis”).

The commemorations take place on Friday 22 August at 4pm. 

 

22 August - 11 November 2014: Exhibition at the museum of natural sciences

 

Exhibition looking at a number of themes connected both to its natural science collections and the importance of remembrance, from 22 August until 11 November.

 

As part of the commemorations for the centenary of the First World War, the Muséum régional des Sciences naturelles – SPW – Mons (Regional Museum of Natural Sciences) will be putting on an exhibition covering a number of themes connected both to its natural science collections and the duty of remembrance. These themes include animals in the Great War and the discovery of different species of animals that kept soldiers company in the trenches, as well as symbols of different countries (in collaboration with the Musée Royal de l’Armée). Other themes include the transformation of landscapes at the end of the fighting, and the use of natural resources in 1914 and 1918. An illustration of the sacrifices made by forest wardens during this war will be made by showcasing a monument dedicated to them in the Forêt de Soignies. The exhibition is also keen to have a local feel by focusing on the Battle of Mons. This exhibition will also provide an opportunity to showcase the work done by the pupils in years 5 and 6 at 5 primary schools in Mons, as part of the project entitled “Quand les élèves commémorent …” (When pupils commemorate…), a project launched by the Conseil de la transmission de la Mémoire de la fédération Wallonie Bruxelles. This project is intended to be both historical and educational.

 

Location: Museum régional des Sciences naturelles – SPW – Mons – 7, Rue des Gailliers, 7000 Mons

 

22 August - 23 November 2014: Exhibitions entitled “La bataille de Mons: les objets témoignent” (The Battle of Mons: objects bearing witness), “Signes des temps: oeuvres visionnaires d’avant 1914” (Signs of the times: visionary art from pre-1914), “The first and the last”.

 

The Battle of Mons: objects bearing witness

 

Through this exhibition, visitors will have the chance to explore the key events of the Battle of Mons, which took place in August 1914. Chronologically, it follows on from the “Signes des temps” (Signs of the times) exhibition. The events of the early days of the war will of course be covered to introduce the facts surrounding the Battle of Mons. As this exhibition is at a fine arts museum, the idea will be to put the objects or historic artefacts right at the centre of the reflective experience, without magnifying it. The perfect design, or rather the mise en scène, will look at the Battle of Mons from an historic or chronological angle, as well as in the form of history being unveiled using the exhibits as starting points. A fantastic opportunity to discover the philosophy of the future Mons Memorial Museum, with the focus on a number of objects, accounts and photographs that will be on display in the future museum.

 

Signs of the times: visionary art from pre-1914

 

This exhibition, entitled Signs of the times ("Signe des temps") attempts to explore the widespread sense of restlessness that clearly manifested itself in the art scene in the pre-war period. Visions of fear, threats and the apocalypse stand alongside projects imagining utopias and idyllic versions of the world. The exhibition is based on a number of themes to help visitors explore the boundaries and the links between naturalism, symbolism and expressionism in order to reveal the signature of visual arts left by a period marked by economic, social and political upheaval. The works of art on show include paintings, sculptures, graphic pieces and photographs by German, French, Swiss, American and Belgian artists, from international public and private collections:

Georges Minne, Auguste Rodin, Edvard Munch, Félicien Rops and Alfred Kubin as well as Léon Spillaert, Fernand Khnopff, Arnold Schönberg, James Ensor, and Ludwig Meidner to name but a few. Interpreted today as Signs of the times, above all these pieces bear witness to a world in a state of revolution, one that we attempt to understand with the benefit of hindsight as visionary images of a gloomy future.

 

The first and the last

 

An exhibition organised in collaboration with Arts², WBT and Central Saint Martins College in London As part of the centenary of the First World War, the Wallonia-Brussels Tourism London office has launched a commemorative art competition.

 

Location: BAM

www.bam.mons.be

 

22 August - 23 November 2014: Exhibition by students from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design who were asked to express their visions of the Great War.
 

Location: At Saint-Ghislain (Near Mons)

 

23 August 2014: Open days at St Symphorien Military Cemetery  
CWGC Open Day on Saturday 23 August 2014. The event will include a series of talks and demonstrations and will take place from 10.00 - 16.00. It will be followed at 17.25 by the annual commemoration service for the Battle of Mons, organised by the Ville de Mons.


23-24 August 2014: Commemoration of the Battle of Mons
While the ceremony on 4 August is organised by the British government, the Commemorations taking place on 23 August 2014 will be the responsibility of the City of Mons. The Centenary of the battle of Mons will give us the opportunity to remember the battles that took place in our towns, in Maisières, Nimy, Obourg, Mons and Jemappes.

Alongside the patriotic ceremonies, the City would like to invite all locals to take part in the activities that will be organised throughout the weekend of 23-24 August 2014.
 

A re-enactment society will be taking part in the events, showing us how soldiers lived in the Great War. Groups of Scottish bagpipers will be providing the soundtrack to these activities. In the evening, the City of Mons will be proud to present a sound and light show in the Grand’Place for all visitors to enjoy.


Spectacular events at the Grand-Place, combining music, poetry, circus acts, sound, light and the latest technology, all uniting to celebrate the “Angels of Mons".
Appearance of the “Angels of Mons": According to legend these winged, radiant figures appeared in the sky on the night of the 23rd August and were said to have temporarily held back the German advance, giving the expeditionary force time to organise an orderly retreat. A re-enactment will show the appalling conditions endured by the troops at the time.

 

23 August 2014: Fiftieth anniversary of the twinning of Sefton (Bootle) and Mons
The links between Mons, the Hainaut and the United Kingdom are historic and incredibly strong, as it was in Mons that the British began the Great War on 23 August 1914 and ended it on 11 November 1918.

It was this shared history that built the foundations for our twinning with Bootle, a town famous for its docks near Liverpool, in 1954. In 1942-1943, the docks were bombed by the Germans who set off from Chièvres. Mons still has the plans drawn up for these bombardments.

So it is together, in the spirit of friendship, that Mons and Sefton will be celebrating these two events, not just by coincidence: the Centenary of the battle of Mons in August 1914, and the 50th anniversary of their friendship.

 

23 August 2014: Planting of the Centenary tree in memory of those who died in the Battle of Mons 

 

The highlight of the Commemorations of the Centenary of the Great War will be at the Place du Parc on 23 August 2014 at 2pm when the Centenary tree is planted. In our region, it will be the Railway Bridge at Nimy, La Bascule, the Town Hall, the Place des Martyrs and St. Symphorien Military Cemetery that will be honoured this year. This ceremony is an act of reconciliation in memory of all the civilians and soldiers who died a century ago during the Battle of Mons. Music, poetry readings and the words of soldiers and civilians who witnessed the Battle of Mons will punctuate the ceremony.

 

  • Commemorative monument dedicated to the soldiers of Mons who died for their country during the two World Wars: 1914-1918 and 1940-1945.


Exhibitions as part of the 2014 Mons Commemorations

 

23 August 2014: Commemorations in the City of Mons

 

It was here that the Battle of Mons began on 23 August 1914. Troops of the 4th Middlesex regiment were occupying the former Obourg station. The fighting was very violent, and the British were forced to retreat. One of them, whose name we do not know, stayed on the roof of the station, thus

protecting his compatriots. Obourg station was demolished in 1981, apart from one part where the commemorative plaque now hangs.

The commemorations take place on Saturday 23 August 10am (limited access).

 

Location: Obourg station 

 

 

 

 

23 August 2014: Getting to know the British soldiers of 1914

 

Exclusively in 2014 as part of the Commemorations, the City of Mons will be putting on some ambitious immersive activities, presenting British soldiers camps from 1914. Two sites will each host a camp, one in the Parc du Beffroi where the main camp will be set up, and another near La Bascule on the UCL Mons site. The Parc du Beffroi camp will welcome members of the Great War Society, the British association that will be presenting a replica of a camp from 1914. Some members of the group will be wearingBritish uniforms while others will in German uniforms. More than 150 participants will be demonstrating the equipment and living conditions of soldiers from 1914.The camp at La Bascule will be specifically dedicated to the cavalry. There we will meet a group associated with the Great War Society with a focus on the British cavalry in 1914. A number of horses will be at the site, and different events will be put on throughout the day to show visitors how they are trained to prepare for military action. Another group, the Rifles Living History Society will also be there to present a military camp.This group is from Kent in the south of England, and they will also be demonstrating the equipment and living conditions of British soldiers in 1914.

Location: Parc of Belfry & La Bascule site 

 

23 August 2014: Commemorations at Nimy railway bridge

 

This was where the first two Victoria Crosses were awarded, the first to Sergeant Dease and the second to Private Godley of the 4th Royal Fusiliers. A plaque commemorates their courage here on the bridge that crosses Nimy canal. The commemorations take place on Saturday 23 August at 10:40am (limited access).

 

 

23 August to 23 November 2014 - Visionary Artists (1880-1913)

The period covered by the exhibition helps us move away from the iconography linked to the war. Instead of, it will attempt to get to the bottom of the general unease that was so clearly expressed in the arts before the war. Visions of fear, of violence, of the apocalypse, alongside pieces conjuring up the different versions of utopia. The exhibition is based on a number of themes that will help us identify the boundaries and bridges between naturalism, symbolism and expressionism so that we will be able to tease out the artistic characteristics of a period of extreme crisis. The pieces on display in the exhibition include paintings sculptures and the other graphic or photographic pieces, by artists such as Constantin Meunier, Georges Minne, Léon Frédéric, Léon Spillaert, Fernand Khnopff, Félicien Rops, Max Kingler, Alfred Kubin, Käthe Kollwitz and Ludwig Meidner. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue of all the works.
Curator: Nikola Doll


23 August to 23 November 2014 - One objects, several stories - glances on the battle of Mons
Through this exhibition, visitors can find out more about the major events that marked the battle of Mons, which took place in August 1914. Chronologically, it follows on from " Visionary artist" (1883-1993). The events that took place at the beginning of the war will o course be talked about to introduce the battle of Mons. This exhibition at the museum of Fine Arts of Mons (BAM) puts objects and historic items at the heart of the the thought process, without magnifying them. the organisers do not take sides, preferring to present an unbiased account of the battle of Mons, not just from a historic point of view, but also in the term of an unveiling of history using objects as a springboard. This is a fantastic opportunity to discover the philosophy behind the future Mons Memorial Museum with an exclusive first look at exhibits, witness accounts and photographs that will be on display in the future museum. (Due to pen in 2015)
Curator: Guillaume Blondeau


23 August 2014 : 100 years later, re-enactment of a camp and a look at the life of the British soldiers who came to lay down their lives on the Western Front, with around a hundred participants from the other side of the Channel. Tertre will step back in time to August 1914 and will be welcoming members of the public throughout the afternoon in a range of different events and activities. An exhibition of postcards and photos from that Time will be open from 23 August to 22 September 2014 in the Tower on the Place de Saint-Ghislain, where educational information will also be available.
Other commemorative events in Mons include an art exhibition, running from August to December, featuring works by both Belgian and German artists in the early years of the 20th century, who shared a common foreboding that man was becoming a slave to the machine. On 11 November, the town will stage a ceremony marking the signing of the Armistice in 1918.

 

23 August 2014: Commemorations at St Symphorien military cemetary  

 

The cemetery was opened by the Germans in 1917 and still belongs to the family of the man who donated the land for this use, the Houzeau de Lehaie family. It is a place for contemplation, home to the graves of German, British and Canadian soldiers involved in the Battle of Mons on 23 August and the liberation of the City of Mons on 11 November 1918. The first and the last British soldiers to die in the Great War are both buried here. The commemorations take place on Saturday 23 August at 5.30pm. 

 

Location: St Symphorien military cemetary

 

 

 

 

23 August 2014: Commemorations of the Battle of Mons, the Retreat of Mons and the legend of the Angels of Mons

 

A re-enactment of the events will be organised and presented to the public. This Battle marks the beginning of the military involvement of Britain in the war. Mons will become the alpha and the omega of the WW1, as far the British empire is concerned, since it is in and around Mons that the first and the last British empire soldiers of that war were killed.

Location: MONS. 

 

 

23 August 2014: Commemorations at La Bascule 

 

Two commemorative monuments can be found here.

• The Celtic cross unveiled by John French in 1923. It is in memory of the 2nd Royal Irish, which took part in the Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914.

• The memorial at La Bascule. This monument made up of two pillars in memory of all those who died in the Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914 and the liberation of the City of Mons on 11 November 1918.

 

The commemorations take place on Saturday 23 August at 5pm.

 

 

 

 

23 August 2014: Evening concerts in Mons

Evening concert on the Grand Place of Mons by the Regimental Assocation of the Queens’ Own Buffs.

 

11 November 2014: Mons municipal cemetary

 

Mons was in the hands of the German army from 23 August 1914 until it was liberated by the Canadian Corps on 11 November 1918. After 1914, the military authorities in place decided to create an extension to the north of the Mons municipal cemetery.

 

 

It was in this extension that military victims, of all nationalities, would be buried. When the city was liberated, the Canadians decided to open a new cemetery, just opposite this one. In the end all the remains of the soldiers would be brought together in the municipal cemetery of Mons and reorganised after the war by two British Architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and William Harrison Cowlishaw. Here, soldiers from Russia, France, Italy, Rome, Belgium and the British Empire lie side by side. Shortly after 1918, the bodies of a number of Italian soldiers and 14 French soldiers were repatriated to their home countries.

 

The memorial lawns at Mons cemetery

 

In this cemetery, it is not only the military victims that we commemorate, but also the civilians who died during the First World War. Opposite the memorial lawn for Belgian soldiers, the monument dedicated to King Albert towers over the military graves. Not far from the Cross of Sacrifice, the emblem of the cemeteries run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, is a lawn dedicated to deportees. This is where the bodies of men and women who died because of the awful living conditions inflicted on deportees are buried. These people were requisitioned by the German army and sent to Germany to consolidate the workforce there. Near this lawn, the grave of Charles Simonet, shot down for being part of an intelligence network, sits imposingly among the graves of civilians who died during the Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914.

Location: Mons municipal cemetary

 

19 - 21 December 2014: Via Dolorosa


This road of suffering, travelled during the retreat of the Belgian and British armies from August to December 1914 in Belgium, links the project that brings together a number of areas promoting the history of the First World War in Belgium. The project unites the town of Mons, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, the brand new Interpretation Centre “Plugstreet 14-18” and the Tour de l’Yser museum in Diksmuide.
The general idea is to pay tribute to and commemorate the history of the men and places ravaged by the conflict in the first few months of the Great War. The Mons tourist office will be organising a three-hour guided tour of the key sites in and near the town, including the plaques commemorating the first and last British Empire troops to fall, set into walls on either side of Chaussée de Bruxelles in the Casteau district of the town.

 

Spring 2015: Opening of the Mons memorial museum

 

There are so many ways in which we could describe the future Mons Memorial Museum. This new museum space will open its doors in spring 2015, on the site of the former Machine-à-Eau, in Mons, right in the heart of Europe. Its ultimate goal is to be a venue for inter-generational interaction, at the heart of a heritage region marked by the two World Wars that devastated the 20th century. This new museum will invite visitors of all ages to question the complex, multiple realities of wartime experiences. A massive permanent exhibition will give members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the unique history of the city as well as the international events of the two World Wars and the periods before and after each one. Visitors will be immersed in the day to-day lives of soldiers and civilians in times of war through the stories of the men and women who witnessed these events.

 

• Photography exhibition on the esplanade on Boulevard Dolez: “La mémoire de la Grande Guerre à Mons: paysages, patrimoine et souvenirs” (The memory of the Great War in Mons: landscapes, heritage and memories) from 28 June until April 2015. 

 

PLUGSTREET

 

July-August 2014: Plugstreet WW1 Horse-drawn carriage ride

 

Every Sunday in July & August 2014, including bank holidays, the Comines-Warneton Tourist Office organise some horse-drawn carriage rides for those wishing to discover Plugstreet & some of its WW1 remembrance sites.

 

 

 

Location: Rue de Messines, Ploegsteert, next to "Plugstreet 14-18 Experience".

First departure @13:30, last one @17:30.

One departure every hour. Duration: 40 min.

Plugstreet WW1 Horse-drawn carriage ride: Cost: Adult: 6€, Under 10: 4€. 

8 seats available in the carriage.

For more info please contact the Comines-Warneton Tourist Office:

Tel +3256555600 -Email: office.tourisme.comine-warneton@belgacom.net   

 

5 September 2014: Last Post - Festival committee of Plugstreet, patriotic agreement of Mouscron (Comité des fêtes de Ploegstreert, Entente patriotique de Mouscron) 

 

On the first Friday of every month since 1999, "Last Post" is sounded at 7.00 p.m in the centre of the Memorial. This ceremony pays hommage to the missing, brings together civilian and military authorities, representatives of patriotic associations, cultures, sports, young adolescents and school children. Dignitaries and guests are equally and regularly welcomed. 

 

12 September to 4 October 2014 : Plugstreet Trench exhibition ("Tranchées")

 

This exhibition dedicated to John Bulteel at the Musée de la Rubanerie Cominoise, The exhibition presents charcoal pieces designed by John Bulteel, which give reference to the life of soldiers camped in the trenches during the First World War. The blackness of the charcoal truly reflects the dramatic atmosphere that reigned in the trenches during the Great War. The images show the tension of soldiers before an offensive, as well as the frenzy of combat and finally, the desolation. The exhibition presents.

Location: Musée de la Rubanerie Cominoise, COMINES-WARNETON.

 

19 September - 24 December 2014: Old Bill Exhibition - Plugstreet 14-18 Experience WW1 Interpretation Centre

 

The exhibition presents the caricatures of Old Bill who came to fame and boosted the moral of British troops during the Great War.
Old Bill was created by British illustrator Captain Bruce Bairnsfather while he was part of the First Royal Warvwickshire Battalion and stayed in Saint-Yvon in the Comines-Warneton region during the winter of 1914-1915.
Old Bill is shown as a quaint character, with a gruff appearance and a big moustache. He first appeared in a London newspaper in 1915.

He quickly became a familiar character who, still today, attracts the attention of numerous enthusiasts and collectors.

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with Major Holt and his wifewho, a lover of caricatures, published a collection in the 70s. The couple will be present for the exhibition's preview and will lead a conference on 19 September 2014.

 

Location: Plugstreet 14-18 Experience, Rue de la Munque 18, 7782 PLOEGSTEERT (COMINES-WARNETON)

 

For more information about the World War One Interpretation centre Plugstreet 14-18 Experience please visit www.plugstreet1418.be

Location: Plugstreet 14-18 Experience Rue de la Munque 18 7782 PLOEGSTEERT (COMINES-WARNETON)

 

3 October 2014: Last Post - Reading of a letter, British Torch of remembrance

 

On the first Friday of every month since 1999, "Last Post" is sounded at 7.00 p.m in the centre of the Memorial. This ceremony pays hommage to the missing, brings together civilian and military authorities, representatives of patriotic associations, cultures, sports, young adolescents and school children. Dignitaries and guests are equally and regularly welcomed. 

 

17 October 2014 at 7PM : The front light 2014 in Plugstreet

 

Just a few steps from the interpretation centre of Plugstreet, in “Saint-Yvon” took place, at Christmas eve 1914, a truce between the German and English troops to celebrate Christmas in peace. During this Christmas truce, the armies could see on both sides of the trenches, small fires during the night in order to represent the Christmas spirit. Exchanges of presents, food, alcohol, badges and other items mark this privileged moment. A football game between the German and the British soldiers made this fraternization concrete; this one lasted till the beginning of January 1915. A daring bet given that fraternization with the enemy was punished. In this place, a cruce was installed in 1999, a memory of this event which took place in the no man’s land of Saint-Yvon. Still nowadays, we commemorate this astonishing event. 

 

A part of the line front 1914 will be enlightened on 76km (from Nieuport to the Lys Valley). 

More than 200 participants will enlighten a part of the front with torches. A show “sound and light: the eternal pulsation of the fallen soldier” will be organized at the Memorial.

 

Location: Saint-Yvon, WARNETON.

 

Gone west 2014: From the Belgian coast to the lys Valley

Among 10 Belgian cities, Plugstreet is taking part to the West Gone project in Belgium, a unique collaboration to recreate the front line of October 1914. Torches will illuminate, from 7pm to 7.30 PM, the front just as it was in 1914 (after the flooding of the plain of Yser in Diksmuide), over a distance of 87 kilometers. A show will take place in Plugstreet as well, in the heart of the memorial constructed in tribute to the people who died during the Great War. 

 

Location: PLUGSTREET. 

 

1 - 15 November 2014 - Exhibition on the Christmas Truce

 

The partnership between the cities of Dresden, Wolkstein, Comines-Warneton, Armentières and Frelinghien will highlight the german collection on the Christmas Truce.

The goal is to share the private collector’s wealth in a traveling exhibition. 

 

Location : Ploegsteert – Interpretation Centre 

Info : +32 56 56 04 42 - +32 56 56 04 31 – info@rememberplugstreet.com

 

7 November 2014: Last Post - Municipal Council of children (Conseil communal des enfants)

 

On the first Friday of every month since 1999, "Last Post" is sounded at 7.00 p.m in the centre of the Memorial. This ceremony pays hommage to the missing, brings together civilian and military authorities, representatives of patriotic associations, cultures, sports, young adolescents and school children. Dignitaries and guests are equally and regularly welcomed. 

 

11 November 2014: Plugstreet half-marathon Remembrance

 

On Armistice day, you can take part to the race along the historic sites of the First World War around Ploegsteert. Every year, at 11am on 11 November. several thousand amateur and professional runners are welcomed. Along the 21km or 8.5km routes, the athletes run past some of the historic sites where the battles of the Great War took place.

 

Location: PLOEGSTEERT. www.plugstreet.com

 

 

11 November 2014: Last Post - Armistice Special edition, Coldstream Guards Association

 

On the first Friday of every month since 1999, "Last Post" is sounded at 7.00 p.m in the centre of the Memorial. This ceremony pays hommage to the missing, brings together civilian and military authorities, representatives of patriotic associations, cultures, sports, young adolescents and school children. Dignitaries and guests are equally and regularly welcomed. 

This is a special edition about the Armistice and the Coldstream Guards Association

 

19 December 2014 - Concert

 

Choirs Concert at the Centre of Interpretation – with the local choirs, military music. A concert will be organized on the Christmas Truce and the time songs at the Centre of Interpretation. 

 

Location: Plugstreet- Centre of Interpretation 

 

19 December 2014: Last Post - Christmas Truce

 

On the first Friday of every month since 1999, "Last Post" is sounded at 7.00 p.m in the centre of the Memorial. This ceremony pays hommage to the missing, brings together civilian and military authorities, representatives of patriotic associations, cultures, sports, young adolescents and school children. Dignitaries and guests are equally and regularly welcomed. 

It is a special edition dedicated to the Christmas Truce and the torchlight to the Christmas Truce site.

 

19 - 21 December 2014: Old Bill Exhibition and the Authentic Christmas Truce commemoration

 

The Plugstreet 14-18 Experience interpretation centre will host an exhibition on the cartoon character “Old Bill”, which was created by the British war cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, a soldier of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire in winter 1914-1915.

During the same weekend, the authentic Christmas Truce will be reneacted, commemorated and explained to the visitor on the genuine land where the friendly football game took place between Brits and Germans, at St-Yves cross.

 

Location: PLOEGSTEERT. www.plugstreet.com

 

19 - 21 December 2014: Via Dolorosa

 

"Via Dolorosa" retraces the first months of the Great War in Belgium covering, on one hand, the defence of the Liege, Namur and Antwerp forts, the retreat of the Belgian Army and its deployment on the River Yser and, on the other, the first engagement of the BEF (the British Expeditionary Force) at The Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914. It also follows the late rmovements of the British Forces on the River Marne and in the Ypres Salient during October 1914. 

In 2014 there will be many activities covering the events related to the movements of the Belgian and British armies during the German invasion of 1914. These will take place in the "Via Dolorosa" partner towns of Comines-Warneton, Diksmuide,Mons and Zonnebeke (exhibitions, the 1914 Christmas Truce re-enactment, concerts, remembrance ceremonies and visits and tours with supporting commentaries).

For Comines-Warneton,  it is about the exhibiton entitled « Old Bill – Capt Bruce Bairnsfather » and some commemorations on the Christmas Truce.

Together, the partners will manage to develop a common communication campaign, but also an itinerant exhibition-bus, tracing retired Belgian and British armies. 

 

viadolorosa.be

 

19 - 21 December 2014: Reenactment - Remember Plugstreet Christmas Truce

 

Christmas 1914 saw British and German troops gathering in No-Man’s Land celebrating Christmas, sharing presents, singing hymns and carols, arranging a football match, collecting and burying their dead from previous actions and generally enjoying themselves for a while. These get-togethers were experienced at Frelinghien, Saint-Yvon (St Yves) and many other points along the Western Front.

The authentic Christmas Truce will be reneacted, commemorated and explained to the visitor on the genuine land where the friendly football game took place between Brits and Germans, at St-Yves cross.

During the re-enactment at Ploegstreet, German and British Soldiers will spend a couple days (and nights) together in a restored trench. The figurants will be wearing the uniforms and the military equipment of the time, retracing this particularly period where the soldiers lived in the front line.

This reenactement will be organized near to the Christmas Truce’s Cross. 

 

Location: St Yvon, Warneton 

 

20 December 2014: Film Projection « Joyeux Noël » (Merry Christmas) in a restored frame 

 

Location: Plugstreet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military cemeteries and graves sponsoring in Plugstreet

 

Plugstreet Memorial to the Missing :

Military cemeteries where close to 6000 fallen British soldiers who lost their lives during the Great War lie.

www.opt.be

 

Plugstreet 14-18 Experience, the First World War Interpretation Centre:

World War I Interpretation Centre. There are 20 cemeteries, immaculately maintained by the Imperial War graves Commission.

www.opt.be

 

Location: PLOEGSTEERT. www.plugstreet.com

 

All year round: Plugstreet 14-18 Experience, World War I Interpretation Centre

 

The First World War Interpretation Centre open its doors close to the British Memorial in Ploegsteert on 9 November 2013. Focusing on the life of the soldiers and civilians, you enter by a glass pyramid. Its semi-underground construction in the heart of the Ploegsteert woods evokes the catacombs that are inaccessible today. The museum route A 400m² high-tech scenography space presents a detailed view of the British and German positions at Comines-Warneton between 1914 and 1918.

 

Location: PLOEGSTEERT. www.plugstreet1418.be

 

BRUSSELS

 

6 February - 19 November 2014: Exhibition "War&Toys" in Brussels, Belgian toys of 14-18

 

The toys produced in Belgium during the Great War represent a great heritage. As the country's industry was running under capacity, the Belgian people had to use cunning and to develop a mutual assistance system. For instance, the charity organisation "Union Patriotique des Femmes Belges" provided care and also gave out toys to the families who needed them. Artists created toys with wood, cloth or cardbord-stone for different game and toy factories around the country.  The example of war toys is a particular aspect of the exhibition but the exhibtion will not be limited to toy soldiers. 


Prices: €3 - €4 - €4.50 - €6.

Location: Maison Autrique Chaussée de Haecht 266 1030 Brussels (SHAERBEEK)

 

www.autrique.be

 

26 February 2014 - 26 April 2015: EXPO 14-18, it’s our history!

 

The aspects of a conflict that left Europe completely bloodied and weakened have been revisited through a wider lens giving every actor of this drama his place. The war and daily life in occupied Belgium constitutes an important part of the exhibition, but the public will also rediscover the mobilisation of the European countries that attempted to liberate Belgium, which had become a key element of the conflict.

 

Location: The Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History

Cinquantenaire Park 3 1000 BRUSSELS

 www.expo14-18.be

 

21 August 2014 -  3 May 2015: 14-18 Brussels on German time

 

The city of Brussels and archives of the city of Brussels will open this year an exhibition in the City Museum "Brussels on German Time", the exhibtion will focus on the everyday life in the Belgian Capital during the Great War. 

 

Location: in the City Museum of Brussels, BRUSSELS. www.14-18.bruxelles.be

 

 

 

 

 

11 September 2014 to 28 February 2015: Shock ! What if War would start tomorrow ? 

 

The 4th of August 1914, the German invasion hits Belgium with a terrible shock. Since 1839 its neutrality had guaranteed peace but this neutrality ended in the summer of 1914. The Royal Archives, the SOMA and the Royal Library of Belgium offer a day-to-day reconstruction of the chaotic weeks during the summer and fall of 1914. The visitor will discover these traumatic events based on official records, written press and personal testimonies. The exhibition will also deal with the increase of information which started at the outbreak of the World War and which is still increasing in amount, shape and speed nowadays. 

 

Location: Royal Library of Belgium, BRUSSELS. 

 

20 - 21 September 2014: Heritage days in Brussels 

 

The Journées du Patrimoine are a unique opportunity to discover monuments and cultural sites, both public and private.

There's a whole host of activities you can attend over these 25th heritage days!

You can choose between guided tours, walks, children's games, guided tours in sign-language and for disabled people: bike rides with adapted bikes, exhibitions... It’s your choice!

During the Heritage Days, take the time to discover these places which are often little-known. Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victor Horta, Paul Hankar, Henry Van de Velde, Paul Cauchie, Josef Hoffmann, Bauhaus and logis floréal are just some of the many great names, talents and beauties embellishing our urban landscape.

 

In 2014, the theme will be "Histoire et mémoire" (history and memory).

In choosing this theme, the region hopes to honour places that were destroyed or miraculously spared during the Great War. Places where residents could and can meet, be seen and have fun.The theme will also highlight a part of Brussels' heritage and will be a unique opportunity to sneak into private houses, companies and public institutions, otherwise rarely accessible to the public.This weekend allows visitors to discover the incredible architectural diversity,that Brussels prides itself on.

Brussels will be your open-air museum!

 

Location: Around Brussels 

visitbrussels.be

 

23 September 2014 to 22 January 2017: The Power of the Avant-Garde.

 

The exhibition will examine the relevance of the revolutionary power of the avant-garde at the beginning of the new millennium.  The exhibition highlights the diverse expectations, confusing feelings and ideas, the illusions and disillusions of the artists involved. The belief in a new world and a new man and the disillusionment that followed, left deep traces in the art world. Historical surveys departing from the main avant-garde cities and movements - the futurists in Milano, cubism in Paris, the expressionist groups Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter and the gallery Der Sturm in Germany, … - emphasize the impact of the First World War on the art of the 20th and the 21st century.

 

Location: Bozar Expo, BRUSSELS. www.bozar.be

 

3 October 2014 to 4 January 2015: From the Great War to the crazy years . Frans Masereel in Transition. 

 

The exhibition, organized in the context of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, will focus on a period which marks the artistic self-fulfilement of Frans Masereel. The works of art displayed will allow the visitors to discover two different facets of the artist's work. On the one hand, some engravings realized during the Great War ( the dark aspect express the obscurity of the war years) and on the other hand, paintings and water-coulours from the post-war years (which light and bright colours reflect the joyfulness regained during the crazy years). The exhibition will allow the visitor to discover one striking part of our History through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Belgian artist ot the 20th century. 

 

Location: Bibliotheca Wittockiana, Woluwe Saint-Pierre, BRUSSELS. wittockiana.org

 

3 – 9 November 2014: Commemorative concert at the Koekelberg basilica in Brussels

 

During these concerts, singers who took part in the Great War will meet the Brussels Philarmonic to commemorate the First World War on the 9th of November during the event “1000 voices for Peace”. The orchestra will be directed by the Estonian conductor Andres Mustonen, choral groups coming from 20 different countries will sing together for peace. The new oratoria for peace composed by the Polish composer Krzyztof Penderecki will be played for the first time. From the 3th to the 8th of November, the choirs will sing the Belgian choir repertory as well as the most beautiful traditional songs in the world. The president of the European council, Herman Van Rompuy will be the sponsor of this event.

Location: BRUSSELS. 

 

LONCIN

 

AISEAU-PRESLES

 

12 October - 13 October 2014: First 1914-1918 Book Fair in Aiseau - Presles

 

A major event for the first world War history lover, 50 authors will present and sign their books. It will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the authors. There will also be other events taking place: a conference, an exhibition of stamps, books and post cards from 1914-18, entertainment for children (face-painting and storytellers). Come and experience a convivial and family-friendly event about books and history, stamps and old postcards.

 

Location: SambrExpo, AISEAU-PRESLES. www.opt.be

 
May 2015: La machine à découdre. Readings in Aiseau-Presles
 

Declamation with background audio, texts written by veterans of the Great War, both German and French. 
They will be read out by the Serial Lecteurs (Serial Readers), a workshop group from the Aiseau-Presles Cultural Centre that performs readings, run by Denis Dargent).

 

Prices: Adults and teenagers: €7 (article 27 holders: €1.25)

Location: Centre Culturel Place Communale 1 6250 AISEAU-PRESLES 

 

 

NAMUR

 

2 May 2014 - 28 September 2014: Outdoor exhibition entitled 'Namur at the time of the Great War' ("Namur au temps de la Grande Guerre")

 

Photo exhibition with photographs taken by Vincent BRUCH and Jacky MARCHAL.

44 large boards on the site of Terra Nova recount the dark period the people of Namur went through from 1914 to 1918. Numerous iconographic documents show the German invasion, the deadly fighting at the city gates, the bombings, the difficult life under the control of the occupier, the armistice, the arrival of the allied troops and the patriotic commemorations.

 

The entrance and the tunnel have been decorated by the artist Folisabelle the poppy theme.

 

 

 

 

Location: Citadelle de Namur - Terra Nova - Route Merveilleuse, 64 5000 Namur

www.lieuxcommunsnamur.com

 

4 June 2014 - 24 September 2014: The Belgian military engineering during the Great War

 

Exposition about the military engineering at the beginning of the conflict and the essential role it played during the first months of the war, from the city of Liège to the Yser area.

These are the major parts of the exposition:

  • the military engineering in 1914
  • the destructions on the Meuse River from Liège to the French border
  • the operations of the Compagnie de Chemin de fer du Génie and the armoured trains
  • a different look at the flooding of the Yser area in October 1914

Admission price: € 4 for the exposition and the museum, free under 16

 

Location: Musée du Génie Chemin du Masuage, 2 5100 Jambes

www.geniemus.be

 

21 June 2014 - 5 October 2014: Exhibition entitled 'Once upon a time... Dinant in 1914' ("Il était une fois... Dinant en 1914")

 

Once upon a time... Dinant in 1914. How does society flip from evryday peace to absolute horror? That is the question this exposition tries to answer by means of images, objects, sounds.

Free entry.

Private preview on 20 June at 6.30 p.m.
Closed on Mondays.

Special dates:

  • On Saturday 23/08/2014 and Sunday 05/10/2014 at 14:00 and 16:00: guided visits for the general public. Reservations required (082/21.39.39. – CCRD).
  • During the heritage days (journées du patrimoine), on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14/09/2014 at 10.30 a.m, 12 p.m, 1.30 p.m, 3 p.m and 4.30 p.m: guided visits

 

Location: Centre Culturel Régional de Dinant - Rue Grande, 37 5500 Dinant

www.dinant.be/culture/centre-culturel

 

16 July 2014 - 14 September 2014: 14-18 Heritage under occupation: Saint-Loup and Namur photographed by the Germans

 

Exhibition of photographs of the Saint-Loup church and the surrounding area, photos taken by the German in 1918. Comparison of old and recent photos. Posters, magazines, books illustrating the propaganda of the allied forces and the interest of the Germans for the Belgian heritage, which might seem surprising after the destructions of 1914.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Saint-Loup church will be open:

  • on 31 May and the first of June from 11 a.m to 6 p.m
  • on these Saturdays: 7, 14, 21 and 28 June from 11 a.m to 6 p.m
  • from 16 July to 14 September
    - on Wednesdays from 2 p.m to 6 p.m
    - on Saturdays from
    11 a.m to 6 p.m
    - on Sundays from 2 p.m to 6 p.m

 

Conferences at 2 p.m on the following Saturdays: 21/06, 26/07, 09/08 and 23/08 - Price: 2 €/pers.

Guided visits at 2 p.m on the following Saturdays: 14/06, 19/07 and 16/08 - Price : 2 €/pers.

Location: Eglise Saint-Loup, Rue du Collège 5000 Namur

 

3 August 2014 - 15 November 2014: Discover the Fort of Emines, where the memory of the Great War remains alive

 

Guided tours of the Fort of Emines, one of the strategic points of the former fortifications around the city of Namur. Namur has kept some remarkable remains of its military past. A belt of nine forts was built to protect the city from attacks.

One of those, the Fort of Emines, has been very well preserved since 1914. On the occasion of the commemorations of World War I the fort welcomes visitors to see how soldiers lived during the fighting of August 1914.The guided tours offer a better understanding of this extraordinary site and reminds us that peace is never easily won and that war is seldom far away.

 

Reservations required - Guided tours only

Prices: adults : € 5 / kids: € 3

Individuals :
From Tuesday to Friday visits start at 2.30 p.m
Weekends: visits start at 1.30 p.m and 2.30 p.m
Groups :
From Tuesday to Sunday visits start at 10:30 and 13:00

Guided tours for groups of min. 10 persons in English, Dutch or German.

 

Location: Rue du Fort d'Emines 5003 Saint-Marc

www.weezevent.com/fortemines

www.province.namur.be

 

20 August 2014 - 15 September 2014: The martyred city of Andenne 1914-2014

 

Andenne is one of the 7 martyred cities of Belgium.

On the occasion of the commemorations of World War I, the cultural centre and the Ceramics Museum of Andenne organise an exposition about the dramatic events when the Germans crossed the city as part of the Schlieffen Plan, from the destruction of the bridge of Andenne to the massacre of the local families.

The cultural centre will open its doors to the nearby Quai des Fusillés, where 217 civils were executed in retaliation of the bridge blown op by the Belgian army.

The exposition will not only tell the facts but will decode the true meaning of the events and its impact on the life of the inhabitants.

Free access to all historic places and commemorative monuments.

 

Location: Salle polyvalente du centre culturel  5300 Andenne

 

22 August - 25 August 2014: Commemorations 14-18: Exhibition & Walks in Surice and Romedenne

 

Exhibition at Romedenne from Friday 22 to Monday 25 August
A comparison of the French, the Belgian and the German view of the events at the Belgium-France border.

  • inauguration on 22/08 at 6 p.m
  • 23/08 and 25/08 from 10 a.m to 6 p.m
  • 24/08 from 1 p.m to 6 p.m

 

Guided walks with comments on the crossing of Surice and Romedenne by the German troops on 25 August 1914.

Start at chemin de Soulme near the cemetery of Surice.

  • 22/08 around 6.30 p.m / 7 p.m
  • 23/08 at 4.30 p.m
  • 24/08 at 2.30 p.m

 

Location: Surice - Romedenne 5600 Romedenne 

 

30 August 2014 - 10 September 2014: August 1914, our martyr villages: Hastière, Onhaye

 

Travelling exhibition about the German occupation in the martyr cities and villages: photos, documents and stories of the people of the region.

 

  • 22/08 - 3/09: SPONTIN                     Church of Spontin

 

  • 30/08 - 10/09: HASTIERE/ONHAYE  Sports centre- Salle de Miavoye - 
  •                                                    Rue sous-Lieutenant, 1 - 5520 Anthée

 

  • 06/09 - 17/09: PHILIPPEVILLE         Les Halles - rue de France, 1a - 5600 Philippeville

 

  • 12/09 - 24/09: SOMME-LEUZE          Halle Joseph Burette- Rue pays du Roi, 27- 5377 Somme-Leuze

 

  • 19/09 - 01/10: BIEVRE                     9 a.m - 5 p.m cultural centre of Bièvre

                                                          Rue de Bouillon, 39 - 5555 Bièvre

 

  • 31/10 - 11/11: COUVIN                    Frasnes 10: - 21:00

 

  • 08/11 - 19/11: FERNELMONT            Salle de Pontillas- Rue du Bâty, 28 - 5380 Pontillas

 

Location: Rue Sous-Lieutenant Pierard, 1 5520 Anthée

 

19 September 2014 - 1 October 2014: August 1914, our martyr villages: Bièvre

 

Travelling exhibition about the German occupation in the martyr cities and villages: photos, documents and stories of the people of the region.

 

  • 22/08 - 3/09: SPONTIN                      Church of Spontin

 

  • 30/08 - 10/09: HASTIERE/ONHAYE     Sports centre- Salle de Miavoye 

                                                            Rue sous-Lieutenant, 1 - 5520 Anthée

 

  • 06/09 - 17/09: PHILIPPEVILLE            Les Halles - rue de France, 1a - 5600 Philippeville

 

  • 12/09 - 24/09: SOMME-LEUZE            Halle Joseph Burette- Rue pays du Roi, 27- 5377 Somme-Leuze

 

  • 19/09 - 01/10: BIEVRE                       9 a.m - 5 p.m cultural centre of Bièvre
  •                                                       Rue de Bouillon, 39 - 5555 Bièvre

 

  • 31/10 - 11/11: COUVIN                      Frasnes 10 a.m - 9 p.m

 

  • 08/11 - 19/11: FERNELMONT              Salle de Pontillas- Rue du Bâty, 28 - 5380 Pontillas

 

Location: Rue de Bouillon, 39 5555 Bièvre

 

27-28 September 2014: Steam Festival "1914... The great war...100 years after" 

 

41st edition of the Steam Festival

 

Go back by the time of the Great War, on board of a real steam train and travel through the "Three Valleys".

 

A steam festival is held every year at the end of September. For this special year, the theme will be focusing on the Great War.

 

 

 

There will be ten authentic steam locomotives stoked on the site of Mariembourg.

Throughout the weekend they will follow the beautiful railway line to Treignes to tow different convoys composed of old railroad passenger cars (1910, 1930 and 1955). 

 

In Mariembourg, besides the activities directly related to the circulation and manœuvres of the steam locomotives, the festivities will be accentuated by several special animations, enhanced by a musical atmosphere: tent with miniature railway flea market stands, presentation of books on railways, etc.

 

In Treignes, other animations will complete the opportunities of visiting the museum and the cafeteria.

A small circuit for children and miniature networks will be there to attract the little ones.

 

This festival will be an opportunity to dive into the atmosphere of the railway of the past and an exceptional occasion for all railway friends and especially for steam lovers !

A rare chance, not to be missed, an unforgettable day for all steam lovers, their families and friends!

 

Very close to the North and the East of France, le Chemin de Fer à Vapeur des 3 Vallées is also accessible by train, using the line 132 operated with railcars by the SNCB (Belgian national railways) between Charleroi, Walcourt, Philippeville, Mariembourg and Couvin.

 

The trains between Mariembourg and Treignes run all day long, every 55 minutes, from 10 am till 8 pm.

Exhibition and sale of miniature material, books and souvenirs.

Circulation of a military train - military bivouac. Also there will be a railway modelling with related activities and food.

 

Location:  Chemin de fer a vapeur des 3 vallees

Chaussée de Givet 49, 5660 Mariembourg (COUVIN)

Tel: +32 (0) 60 31 24 40

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All year round: Citadel Of Dinant

 

In August 1914, the Citadel of Dinant witnessed various massacres, but also intense battles between the German and French armies. Numerous traces of this, such as the French military cemetary and the former German necropolis, are still visible. The citadel, overlooking the Valley of the Meuse, takes you on a journey to the heart of history.

Come and discovery it, you will experience a thrilling moment ! In the heart of the walls, life-sized characters bring the strongest moments of the European and Belgian history back to life, and the cells, kitchens, and carriages come back to life before you eyes. The weaponry museum and the cannons give a military touch to this historic location, and it offers you a plunge in the war of the trenches of the Yser (1914-18) with the "destroyed" shelter.

Thus they discover the early days of the war, and especially the deadly combat to which the crosses aroung the citadel bear witness. The visitor is reminded of the European context of the Battle for Dinant and, moreover, using an interactive model of the town's fortress, is guided to an understanding of the strategic importance of the location and to recreating the sequence of battles of August 1914. 

 

www.citadellededinant.be

 

All year round: Citadel Of Namur

 

The Citadel of Namur, located at the heart of the fortified position of Namur, is one of the main fortified positions in Europe, and yours to discover! This site and its fortifications are classifed and recognized as "Patrimoine Exceptionel de la Région Wallonne" (Exceptional Heritage of the Walloon Region) ; they illustrate several centuries of occupation and military architecture, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Today, the tourist is the one that takes the citadel by storm and is the privileged witness of 2,000 years of History. Open-air discovery along pedestrian circuits marked out with historical explanations; underground discovery, travelling through the miles and miles of galleries laid out over the centuries for the defence of one of the biggest citadels in Europe.

A unique historic site for you to discover in Belgium !

 

www.ville.namur.be

 

All year round: Museum Of The Engineers Of The Belgian Armed Forces

 

Throughout various thematic rooms, you will be able to discover the history of the Engineers of the Belgian Armed Forces, from 1830 to the present day. Outside, you will be able to see the various vehicles used by the Engineers. Library. 

Opening hours: Wednesday afternoon, from 01.00 p.m to 05.00 p.m.

Visits for groups upon appointment during the week.

Closed on weekends and holidays.

 

www.geniemus.be