Only read this post, if you want to have a little sneak peek of what to expect in Ghent. Do NOT READ this post, if you like SURPRISES!
Our conference host Digipolis (and amazing Sara Van Damme with her colleagues) have chosen beautiful venues. We hope you agree with us and look forward to our Telecentre Europe Annual Conference 2016. Let's start...
The history of Ghent begins in the year 630! With the city's rich history, there is plenty to see inside (cathedrals, churches, museums, castle!), and outside - much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored.
The NH Gent Belfort Hotel - our conference venue - is right in the city centre! All main attractions, waterfront, picturesque medieval houses are within a short walking distance. Below you see the hotel and its reception hall.
Below is the view from the hotel gym - right on the main square and Belfry, and the City Hall is straight next door. Do you see the ornate building with flags in the right picture - that's it!
Social dinner on October 6 will take place in the Brasserie De Foyer, which is situation on the first floor of the impressive municipal theatre NTGent serving Belgian-French cuisine.
Here is Ghent City Hall (Stadhuis), where on October 7 we will have the Ceremony for the Telecentre Europe Awards 2016 and dinner. It is 20 steps away from the hotel. It consists of several adjucent structures, where Gothic contrasts with Renaissance both outside and inside. Of the original Stadhuis, which dates from 1301, only an early Gothic basement has survived.The ornate Gothic part dates back to the early 16th century, while the Renaissance part with columns and pilasters was built in the early 17th century.
It gets even better - here is the Pacification Hall where the Ceremony and the reception will take place. Just imagine us all beautiful here. And the award winners on stage to be celebrated!
(Why is it called Pacification? According to Wikipedia, Pacification of Ghent signed on 8 November 1576, was an alliance of the provinces of the Habsburg Netherlands for the purpose of driving Spanish mercenary troops from the country and promoting a peace treaty with the rebelling provinces Holland and Zeeland. In other words, this treaty helped to end the conflict between Catholics and Protestants. And this document was signed in this very hall!)
Look at the white-and-black floor tiling - it is patterned in a labyrinth shape to represent the search for justice and happiness.
In the evenings you can enjoy the waterfront along the old Graslei harbour... And I won't even start about 2000+ famous Belgian beers ;)
Are you excited yet?! And there are even more surprises waiting for you! If that doesn't get you registered for the conference right now... - hurry, register here! And here is the conference programme.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Ghent!
Photos by Ian Clifford, except for the ones of Ghent City Hall and inside De Foyer
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