Watou 2023

Watou 2023 takes place from 1 July to 3 September. The arts festival can be visited from Wednesday to Monday, from 10am to 6pm each time. Tuesday is the closing day. Tickets can be bought via the website from mid-May for 20 euros (standard rate).

Alderman for culture, Loes Vandromme: “Slowly experiencing Watou is the message the festival conveys. It is best to spread your visit over several days. The ticket is therefore valid for several days to give the public the chance to fully enjoy the arts festival, but also the surroundings, Poperinge and the Westhoek. Indeed, Watou 2023 offers not only art and poetry, but also nature, tranquillity and relaxation.” Thanks to a collaboration with several partners in the area, visitors are encouraged to combine their visit to the Arts Festival with other activities in Poperinge and the Westhoek.

In Watou itself, visitors will recognise familiar locations. A number of new locations will provide a surprising route through the village. Watou remains the Arts Festival’s base of operations, showcasing the bulk of the artists and poets.

De Lovie Castle is also part of the trail. A witness to the residential culture of the aristocracy in the 19th century, the castle has a unique history. The castle and park itself offer special opportunities for the presentation of art and poetry. The park offers peace, security and space to those who stay, work or go to school there.

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