Welcome to the World Lace Congress Brugge 2018

'Living Lace'


The World Lace Congress Brugge 2018 will offer a defining moment in modern lace making. This exceptional program will attract lace lovers from all over the world and, as Brugge is the cradle of lace, it will be an exciting, stylish and very varied exploration into this unique art form.

Workshops August 2018, 13th - 14th - 15th - 16th
Hof van Watervliet (city centre): Flanders lace, Binche, Valenciennes, Mechlin lace, lace from Turnhout, lace from Beveren, Fine Flower work, Rosaline, Jewellery in metal wire, needle lace, experimental design, lace from Lier and Art beading.

Congress: August 2018, 17th - 18th - 19th

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
  • The St-Anna district, with the church of St-Anne, the lace centre and the museum of ‘Volkskunde’ (folklore)
  • The vicinity of ‘Walplein’: 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: Anne Kwaspen (Katoennatie – Antwerp); Frieda Sorber (Fashion Museum – Antwerp); Caroline Esgain (Museum for Costumes and Lace – Brussels); Ria Cooreman (Royal Museum for Art and History – Brussels); Martine Bruggeman (Lace Centre – Brugge).

Locations in Brugge

City Centre

  • Town Hall: Opening reception will take place in the Gothic room
  • Old St-John: Lectures
  • 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-Anne: Exhibition of religious lace

District of Minnewater (aka Lake of Love)

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

Lace tour: August 20th till 25th, 2018
Many enthusiastic lace aficionados, collectors, and museums from all over Belgium will exhibit their masterpieces, offering a varied selection, historical as well as contemporary, including Antwerp lace of the 17th Century, the hardly known War Lace from WW1, fascinating needle lace, the mysterious Chantilly, fantastic sculptures, Fine Art beading and lace from Lier,…

The tour stops in the following cities: Binche, Kortrijk, Ieper, Aalst, Temse, Antwerpen, Leuven, Sint-Truiden, Liège, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and Brussels. Apart from the lace exhibitions there will be a chance to explore and experience the individuality of each city.
Contest: Dreams in dimensions (25 x 25 x 25cm)
All entries will be exhibited during the congress.



  • Original design
  • Technical ability


  • under 12 years
  • from 13 till 18 years

The official opening of the World Lace Congress, with reception, will take place in the wonderful Gothic Room of the Town Hall. A detailed program will follow.

For those who love lace, this will be an unmissable and unforgettable experience!


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