Always wanted to explore your talent for drawing? Join the workshop “Drawing from life” at the S.M.A.K.

If you are a student at an art school or at an academy of fine art, or just enjoy drawing, you can take part in the ‘Marcel Broodthaers Drawing Academy’ from 6.30 to 8.30 pm on Wednesday 28 January 2015.

Maria Gilissen, the artist’s widow, and S.M.A.K. are organising this evening of drawing from life in the museum’s entrance hall. People from the worlds of dance, poetry and song will be posing, and there will also be still lifes, musical acts, freestyle drawing and the history of drawing.

If you take part, you can also visit the exhibitions on the ground floor.

Practical details

  • S.M.A.K. will provide chairs plus a number of tables and easels.
  • Bring your own drawing materials with you.
  • Free of charge but confirmation needed at : boekjebezoek@gent.be
  • For more info Drawing from life at S.M.A.K.

After an evening of creativity you can enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep at Hotel Astoria Ghent!

New date for the Light Festival in Ghent known!

The following Light Festival in Ghent will take place from January 29th to February 1st 2015 and will become a triennial festival.
The Light Festivals of 2011 and 2012 were a huge success. Each edition nearly half a million visitors come to see the Light Festival of Ghent. The third edition will certainly be worthwhile.

Starting or ending your Light Festival Walk close to Hotel Astoria

This year the light festival is spread over a bigger area than just our city centre. This means that you can stay at Hotel Astoria and start or finish your light walk at St Pietersplein where you can enjoy the creation Urban Keys from Dirty Monitor.

An impressive video projection embracing the square with music and light. You are invited to move between fiction and reality.

More info at Light festival 2015

Exhibition Lightopia, a magnificent exhibition of international level

Lightopia is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum in collaboration with EDP Fundaçào.
“Lightopia not only examines partial aspects of lighting design – such as light art or the design of luminaires. It is the first exhibition that also considers the many different facets of designing with light and establishes a connection with contemporary issues” - Jolanthe Kugler, curator of the exhibition.

15 November 2014 > 15 March 2015


TripAdvisor reward: Certificat of Excellence 2014

We are proud to announce that again this year our hotel is in the top 10 of all Ghent Hotels on TripAdvisor!
This morning we received our "Certificat of Excellence 2014".
Thank you to all TripAdvisor users that reviewed us!

Famous Ghent actors trick tourists in Ghent

The tourist office in Ghent launched a new campagn to promote Ghent as a superb city trip.

In eight short movies, a few famous actors make jokes with a group of tourists that visit Ghent. Below you can find some examples !













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