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Tourism Flanders prepares for the Great War Centenary

Date Posted: 22/11/2011

Tourism Flanders has unveiled its initial plans in preparation of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Great War in 2014 and beyond.

The commemoration project has been recognised as an opportunity to create a long term event of remembrance and reflection under a peace theme. The intention is to highlight the different aspects of war, with a special focus on Flanders’ innovative museums, historic locations and role in world harmony.

Group travel organisers planning a visit to Flanders to tie in with the centenary year of the Great War, will be amongst the first to view a series of special projects and developments, and group visitors can also expect a full programme of events, exhibitions and festivals from 2014 to 2018 to mark the commemoration.

Project highlights include the renovation of the In Flanders Fields Museum and creation of the new lookout point on the Belfry tower in Ypres; the development of The Legacy of Passchendaele, comprising the former battlefield and the Memorial Museum 1917 in Zonnebeke; a new visitor centre at the locks in the Ganzenpoot area of Nieuwpoort; restructuring of the IJzertoren Museum and site in the town of Diksmuide; and creating ‘100 years of Poperinge behind the front’ incorporating Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and Talbot House in Poperinge.

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