A two week lace experience in Belgium


  • Workshops : August 2018, 13th – 14th – 15th – 16th
  • Congress : August 2018, 17th – 18th – 19th
  • Lace tour : August 2018, 20th – 21st – 22nd – 23rd – 24th -25th
  • Contest : ‘Dreams in dimensions 25-25-25’

The World Lace Congress has gone all out to offer a wonderful program of exceptional beauty. Different locations in Brugge host phenomenal exhibitions. Marvellous and, for most visitors, unknown collections are on show in unique and atmospheric locations. Archives, witnessing the history of lace, will be opened up to the public and collections of original historical lace can be admired, which include superb religious and royal items that rarely see the daylight. However, the main focus of the Congress will be on the lace that lives today. Living lace will provide a wide range of examples of contemporary lace and examine the rich techniques that are used to produce it and continue to be passed on today in schools and associations; it will also explore: contemporary lace jewellery, the result of fine creativity and craftsmanship; contemporary lace design; and the realisations of top Belgian artists currently working in the medium.

The exhibitions take place at unique locations, concentrating in three parts of the city:
    • The city centre with the impressive ‘Stadshallen’ (the city halls) and the intimate Archives of the city on the Burg
    • Stilly Bruges, Sint-Anna and Sint-Gillis with the lace Centre and the religious exhibition in the Sint-Gillischurch
    • The vicinity of ‘Walplein’:different lace-groups in a typical beer brewery in Brugge; the chapel of Bogarden; the academy…
Lace market

An exclusive and wide ranging fair, downstairs in the City Hall, will give lace lovers a chance to examine, discuss and purchase fine examples of lace making materials and publications.


Five lectures will take place in the atmospheric Old St-John site. These will be given by specialists in their fields:

1. 'Sprang Technique in Ancient Cultures'
Anne Kwaspen - Independant researcher

2. “Putting Antwerp on the Map: Lace making and lace commerce in a city of art and luxury trades in the 16th and 17th centuries”:
Frieda Sorber / Modemuseum, Antwerpen

3. “Les pièces exceptionnelles du Musée de dentelle de Bruxelles”:
Caroline Esgain / Museum voor Kostuum en Kant, Brussel

4. “Masterpieces of Lace of the Royal Museum of Art and History”:
Ria Cooreman: Royal Museum of Art and History, Brussels

5. Contemporary lace all over the world: “Living Lace”:
Martine Bruggeman / Kantcentrum Brugge

Locations in Brugge

City Centre

  • Old St-John: Lectures and welcomedrink
  • City Archives: Exhibition
  • Hof van Watervliet: Workshops
  • City Halls: Exhibition ‘Living Lace’
  • City Halls: Lace market

District of St-Anne

  • Lace centre: Presentation of the teacher training and summer classes
  • Museum Volkskunde: Exhibition of traditional lace
  • Church of St-Gillis: Exhibition of religious lace

District of Minnewater (aka Lake of Love)

  • Brewery: Exhibition of local groups, organized by Lace Centre
  • Academy: Exhibition and laboratory


Hotel accomodations