Program 2020

The Crystal Ship festival will be postponed to a later date!

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Alba Trench

Alice Pasquini


Axel Void


Helen Bur

Kristof Van Heeschvelde

Monsieur Terez

Nils Westergard

Roberto Ciredz

Sebas Velasco

Wasted Rita


3-19 April '20

Every year during the Easter holidays, an army of street artists comes to Ostend to leave their mark on the city. For two weeks, see them tackle the walls, facades and roofs of the city and get inspired by its inhabitants. Walk by, have a chat – if they’re not hovering twenty meters above you – and marvel at all the (master)works of the previous editions.

3-19 April '20

During the Easter holidays, Ostend city guides will take you on a street art tour past the most talked-about new and old The Crystal Ship murals – twice a day! You’ll get treated to, basically, everything you always wanted to know about The Crystal Ship but were afraid to ask. Make sure to book well in advance, because the walks are always full.

Fri 03 April '20

The Crystal Ship curator Bjørn Van Poucke and participating artist Kristof Van Heeschvelde set out to work with the pupils of the Ensor Institute to put together an exhibition at De Grote Post. Just like the other participating artists, the pupils explored the festival theme and created very personal (and exceptional) paintings, sculptures, and video installations.

Sat 04 April '20

After thinking long and hard about the festival theme – Home Is Where the Heart Is – the Spanish street artist Aryz got the idea for an immense installation that revolves around ‘security’. Or, in fact, about what that means in a society that seems to be overpowered by fear. The work will be presented at the Ostend conservatory, whose students will securely cheer up the opening night with classical music.

Wed 08 April '20

As always, Suse Hansen – part of the Norwegian Nuart Festival, the oldest street art event in the world – and street art chronicler Doug Gillen – as heard and seen on Radio Juxtapoz and Fifth Wall TV – will be talking to a number of participating artists. How do they work? What did they think of the festival theme? And because there is nothing wrong with an existential question: what does the future of street art look like?

Sat 11 April '20

No warmer welcome than a door mat that says ‘welcome’ in huge letters. Except maybe for what the French street artist Monsieur Terez has in mind at Ostend’s train station: an XXXXL version of a door mat, welcoming thousands of train passengers a day. The massive work will be inaugurated on April 12 with a silent disco party.

Sun 12 April '20

This year, The Crystal Ship is raising money for Warm Oostende, a truly heart-warming initiative that brings together people with not much money to spare and treats them to a healthy meal and a friendly chat. Book a table at our uniquely decorated restaurant on April 12, with all proceeds going to Warm Oostende.

Sat 18 April '20

We’re closing the fifth edition of The Crystal Ship with an authentic block party in the Langestraat. Think Jamaican sound systems, DJs pumping soul, hip-hop, reggae and pop through them, and a bunch of live musicians who will send you home singing “what shall we do with the drunken sailor.”

From our collection

Wasted Rita © Egmond Dobbelaere

Wasted Rita

Tom Herck © Egmond Dobbelaere

Tom Herck