to Kortrijk, a Belgian city in
the Flanders, the Dutch speaking region of Belgium, the heart of Europe ! And European city of
to its geographical location and its incredible national and
international communication network, Belgium is really the heart of
Europe. As the crossing point of Europe, Belgium gathers European and
non-European cultures. With their multicultural background, having
Dutch, French and German as official languages, Belgians are born
linguistics and love to meet other cultures. Belgium has a rich
historical and artistic tradition. The historical cities are pictured
with the most diverse architecture styles, from the Middle Ages to the
Art Nouveau to Modern Architecture. And the collections from old
Flemish Masters, Expressionists and modern Art are gathered in world
famous museums. Belgium also plays a key political and strategic role.
It is the harbour of the European Union, of the Supreme Headquarters
Allied Powers Europe and of the Northern -Atlantic Convention
Belgium welcomes you from all over the world, in the heart of Europe.
became independant from the Netherlands in 1830 and was until 1970 one
centralized country embedding nine Provinces and with an important role
for the Cities. Through different state reforms (1970-2013), the
Flemish, the Walloons, the Germans and Brussels obtained more political
autonomy and Belgium became a federal state. From 1970 on the three
Communities and three Regions rose. Each one having its Parliament and
Governement next to the Federal ones. Flanders (Region and Community)
has different political Departments. One of them is the
Ministrie of Sports. The Minister of Sports Philippe Muyters
and the Minister president Geert Bourgeois fulfill the auspices of
the 26th Flanders Synchro Open. Further information on www.flanders.be
The Flemish Community, Flanders, depicts 5 Provinces. "West Vlaanderen
" being one of them. It is located as says its name at the West of
Flanders, at the Northsea and bordering France.
The Province is an interface between the policies of the governmental
levels: the provincial government is in between the Federal and the
Flemish Authorities on the one hand, and the municipal Authorities on
the other hand.
Culture in West
Flanders is a treasure chest. Full of activities and initiatives.
Cultural patrimony receives special attention. The Province takes care
of the maintenance and restoration of a number of its monuments. Who is
not familiar with the rich and valuable cultural patrimony of West
Flemish towns such as Bruges and Ostend. But also Ypres. With from 2014
til 2018 a special attention to Flanders Field (WW1). Further
information on www.west-vlaanderen.be
is located in the south part of West Vlaanderen. Kortrijk is the
cultural, social and economic center of an agglomeration of more then
300.000 inhabitants. The city makes part of the Eurométropole Lille
(FR) - Kortrijk (B) - Tournai (B).
Textile has always been important in the history of Kortrijk. Kortrijk
was the world center for linnen Flanders Synchro Open until the second
world war. Its river, the Leie, was called the Golden River, named
after its various roles in the linnen industry. But the city has also
known difficult periods in the past. The Cortracum of the Roman times
became the battle field in 1302 of the "Gulden Sporen": the symbol of
the emancipation of the Flanders.