Ghent, which is also referred to as the Artevelde City, is one of the largest towns in Belgium and enjoys a rich, historical past. Its history is still quite palpable, owing to the tremendous amount of monumental buildings and the picturesque historical city centre.
During the Middle Ages, Ghent was one of the most important cities in Europe. From about the year 1000 to approximately 1550, Ghent was the largest city in the Low Countries. Outside of Italy, only Paris was larger in size.
To this day, the city has a long-standing tradition as a university city. Its first university was established in the 16th century. Ghent was also one of the first industrialised cities on the European continent. Starting at the end of the 18th century, the textile industry offered the city an economic revival after several centuries of decline.
From 2013 on, one century after Ghent played host to the World Expo, deBuren introduces a new edition of citybooks in close cooperation with STAM – the Ghent City Museum – our local partner. The first authors to write a citybook were Annelies Verbeke, who lives in Ghent, and the Dutch poet, writer and journalist Wim Brands. The English translation of his citybook The Brass Band that Ate an Elephant was realised during a translation project with British students. In 2014 the Spanish author, journalist and historian Angeles Caso wrote a A Ghent Love Song. In 2015 we look forward to the citybooks by the German historian and author Karl Schlögel and Dutch author Niña Weijers.
The Belgian photographer Sanne De Wilde created a city portrait in 24 photos. We show you a first image here. The rest of the series will first be exhibited in STAM Ghent during the Photo Festival (12.06 - 30.08.2015).