Alternative in 2020
The City of Poperinge took on the organization of the Watou Arts Festival in 2020. The artistic management of the festival has been entrusted to a unique trio of curators: Benedicte Goesaert (art liaison), Chantal Pattyn (net manager and presenter Klara) and Peter Verhelst (author).
The 2020 edition was forced to get postponed by a year, but was given an alternative interpretation: the ‘Watou Poems Trail 2020’. The cycling route in and around Watou and Poperinge led the public through 15 poems, selected by Peter Verhelst; each of which was given a specific place in the scenery. The poetry collection ‘Watou 2020, poems’ was also published in collaboration with publishing house Borgerhoff & Lamberigts.
Looking forward to the summer with hope
The City of Poperinge and the curators are now looking forward to the summer of 2021. The preparations for the 40th edition of the Watou Arts Festival are in full swing. The start and end date of the festival have been set for Saturday, 3 July, and Sunday, 5 September.