The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival specialized in public space which sets sail to the city of Ostend every year during the Easter holidays. World-renowned artists create gigantic murals and fantastic art installations that form a permanent exhibition in the city.

The curator of The Crystal Ship, Bjørn Van Poucke, is extremely enthusiastic about the collaboration with the city of Ostend. “Nowhere else in Europe have so many artists in this genre been brought together for a joint arts festival. With The Crystal Ship, we wish to bring art to the people and that is exactly what we did: Over the course of 2 weeks we created +20 impressive murals and +200 smaller interventions. Right in the center of the city, the place where people live and work. That is pretty unique!”

Roa @ The Crystal Ship 2016

All artworks remain permanently in the public domain and can be visited freely. Swing by at Tourist Information (Monacoplein, Ostend) for more information and a little map to guide you through the open-air exhibition. We also organize weekly guided tours, click here for more information!

Artists who contributed to the first edition: 1010 (Germany), Agostino Iacurci (Italy), Cyrcle (United States), Disorderline (Belgium), Elian (Argentina), Ella & Pitr (France), Eversiempre (Argentina), Guido Van Helten (Australia), Jaune (Belgium), Jaz (Argentina), Mister Fiksit (Belgium), Nuart presents Biancoshock (Italy) and Isaac Cordal (Spain), Pixelpancho (Italy), Pol Cosmo (Belgium), Roa (Belgium), Robert Montgomery (United Kingdom), Siegfried Vynck (Belgium), Smates & Locatelli (Belgium) and Zio Ziegler (United States).