1917, Total War in Flanders

1917

Long-term events

 

ComingWorldRememberMeCOMING WORLD REMEMBER ME (CWRM)
YPRES - NIEUWPOORT

From 2014 to 2018 thousands of people spread over Flanders and the rest of the world will take part in workshops by 600.000 sculptures out of clay. Each and every sculpture represents one of the 600.000 victims who lost their lives due to the First World War in Belgium. All the sculptures will eventually get their place in the land art installation Coming World Remember Me in the natural reserve of the Palingbeek, just outside of Ypres. Creating your own sculpture takes only 15 minutes of your time. The workshops are situated in Ypres (Kazemat 5) or in Nieuwpoort (Het Bommenvrij). 
vzw Kunst | + 32 (0)58 62 39 29 | www.cwrm.be
  

Return of the Menin Gate LionsRETURN OF THE MENIN GATE LIONS
24 APRIL - 11 NOVEMBER 2017, YPRES

In 1936, two large stone guardian lions were donated to the Australian War Memorial by the burgomaster of Ypres. The lions, carved from limestone, were given to the Australian government as a gesture of friendship. The lions had originally stood on plinths on either side of the Menin Gate at Ypres. This gate was one of only two entries into the medieval fortified city. It was through this gate that allied soldiers marched to the battlefields of the Ypres salient between 1914 and 1918. For many years the lions have been on display at the entrance of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
From April till November 2017 the lions will temporarily return to Ypres, where they will be on display on the bridge by the Menin Gate in Ypres. A small exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum will explain the history of the lions.
Ypres Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 23 92 20 | www.toerismeieper.be 
  
Wilhelm Morgner

TEMPORARY EXHIBITION ‘WILHELM MORGNER’ 
5 MAY – 15 SEPTEMBER 2017, CITY HALL LANGEMARK-POELKAPELLE

The German expressionist Wilhelm Morgner died young in the trenches during the First World War (1917). He was buried in Langemark. Despite his young age, he has left an impressive oeuvre in which his admiration for, inter alia, Van Gogh is highly recognizable.
Langemark-Poelkapelle Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 49 09 41 | www.langemark-poelkapelle14-18.be 
 

Picture by F. Hurley - source: AWM (E01220). Five Australians, members of a field artillery brigade, passing along a duckboard track over mud and water among gaunt bare tree trunks in the Ypres Salient.THE EXHIBITIONS ‘1917, TOTAL WAR IN FLANDERS’ 
3 JUNE – 31 DECEMBER 2017
YPRES, ZONNEBEKE, HEUVELLAND, MESEN, LANGEMARK-POELKAPELLE, POPERINGE AND HOUTHULST

‘1917: Total war in Flanders’ tells the story of the infamous Mine Battle of Messines and the Battle of Passchendaele in a series of unique exhibitions and info-modules located at the most important First World War sites in the southern part of the Westhoek. From here you can follow various walking, cycling and car routes that will take you to imposing mine craters, trenches, military cemeteries, etc., which now form an integral part of the landscape. On 3 June, all the project's different exhibitions will open their doors to the general public.
www.flandersfields.be/en/1917 
 

Lange MaxTHE CONSEQUENCES OF THE III. FLANDERNSCHLACHT IN THE REGION DIKSMUIDE - NIEUWPOORT 
24 JUNE – END OF 2017, KOEKELARE (SITE ‘LANGE MAX’)

Theme weekend (24-25 June) and temporary exhibition (until the end of 2017) within the context of the commemoration of the first shooting by the Lange Max on Duinkerke (France).
Lange Max Museum | +32 (0)475 58 50 51 | www.langemaxmuseum.be 
  

Battle of the Dunes_WestfrontTHE BATTLE OF THE DUNES. AUSTRALIANS, RHODESIANS, BRITS AND SCOTS IN NIEUWPOORT 
24 JUNE - END OF 2017, NIEUWPOORT (VISITORS CENTRE WESTFRONT)

The Battle of the Dunes is a forgotten battlefield. At least that is how it is described in the brochure of a British travelling agency. Nieuwpoort played a role in the plans of the British summer offensive of 1917. The military objectives on paper were Oostende, Zeebrugge and Roeselare. Alas the Brits didn’t manage to get past Passendale with a loss of innumerous lives. In Nieuwpoort the Brits, Australians, New-Zealanders and Rhodesians were forced into the defense barely keeping hold on the city. Thanks to the Scots with their bagpipes and tunnels as counters to the mustard gas and planes the city was kept. The war cemeteries of Koksijde and St-Joris and the British monument to the lost are silent witnesses of these events.
Visitors Centre Westfront | +32 (0)58 23 07 33 | www.westfrontnieuwpoort.be

 
Vive LabeurEXPO VIVE LABEUR - HAIL TO THE WORK 劳工为圣
CHINA IN POPERINGE 1917 – 2017 
1 JULY - 17 SEPTEMBER 2017, POPERINGE (GASTHUISKAPEL)

The first Chinese labourers arrive in Poperinge during the summer of 1917. They work for the CLC, Chinese Labour Corps, a working corps of the British Army. The Chinese labourers stay until 1920. They live in separate camps and they maintain their own rituals. The exhibition “Vive Labeur – Hail to the work” tells the story of the Chinese during WWI. Was it hard labour? How did they socialize with the local people? Did they celebrate Chinese New Year? The WWI Chinese story inspires contemporary artists. Two famous Belgian photographers, Stephan Vanfleteren and Sanne Dewilde go back to the roots of the Chinese labourers. They explore the China region where they came from. This results in a fascinating photographic account. Reporter Lieselotte Vandamme stays in the Poperinge region and tries to find the legacy of the Chinese labourers. She presents a documentary film.
Poperinge Tourist Office | +32 (0)57 34 66 76 | www.poperinge14-18.be
 

Tag for remembranceTAG FOR REMEMBRANCE PROJECT
1 JULY - 10 NOVEMBER 2017, ZONNEBEKE

From 1 July to 10 November anyone can leave a personal message of peace at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, the Visitors’ Centre at CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery or online via www.passchendaele2017.org. A selection of these messages will be engraved on identity tags. These tags are processed afterwards in a permanent work of art that will be displayed at the Passchendaele Memorial Park in Zonnebeke.
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 | +32 (0)51 77 04 41 | www.passchendaele2017.org

 

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