10 reasons to go to ‘Everyone Ghent University!'

(05-10-2017) This Sunday, 8 October, it is time for the climax of Ghent University’s 200th anniversary celebrations: the free and exciting city festival ‘Everyone Ghent University!’

Here are ten reasons why you, as a member of the Ghent University community, shouldn’t miss the celebrations.

  1. More than 250 activities at 17 locations: there’s a big chance you’ll find something you like. Ranging from lectures and debates, to experiments and scientific shows: there’s something to suit everyone! Create your own programme on www.iedereenugent.be or just come to town to experience and to celebrate!
  2. Also, all activities are free; also the exhibition in the city museum STAM and St. Peter’s Abbey are free on Sunday.
  3. Sunday is for families! That’s the day when ‘Everyone Ghent University!’ is the place to be for everyone, including children. Visit the Science Palace or celebration of technology together, enjoy some real Ghent puppet shows, or take your favourite cuddly toy to be examined in our teddy bear hospital. There are also lots of different children’s workshops: programming your own robot, celebrations in other cultures, infant workshop in learning to taste, making a tower of spaghetti and marshmallows, making a windmill, and so much more! Sign your children up for their favourite workshop on www.iedereenugent.be.
  4. Are you more of a music fan? Then there’s also plenty for you at ‘Everyone Ghent University!’. Be surprised by artistic students, staff, and alumni from Ghent University as they play music and give performances along the way and on the locations.
  5. For an artistic experience, you can visit the Science Palace in ‘de Ledeganck’, where you can admire amazing pictures, videos, and even 3D models and VR simulations of scientific research in the exhibition Science as art. Or why not pop in to the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, where – as you might imagine – books and stories tell their tale.
  6. Do you prefer to visit old historical buildings or do you love a bit of modern architecture? During ‘Everyone Ghent University!’, the university will be opening the doors of the most beautiful gems in its patrimony. This includes the Aula, the Science Institute, and the Emile Braun School, which you’ll know like the back of your hand after Sunday. For the nostalgic among us, there’s the Home Canterbury exhibition about life back then… in the student homes at Ghent University.
  7. You’re bound to build up an appetite with all that discovering, experimenting, visiting, and looking. In the student restaurant De Brug we serve the legendary ‘bridge spaghetti’. Food trucks (among them: Madame Bakster) can be found at various locations along the way.
  8. All fabulous parties end with… a closing show! Pascale Platel and ‘Homo Turisticus’ Jan Matthys will be welcoming none other than Jef Neve, Sioen, Lady Linn, and big band ‘t Mouvement to the Studentenplein. We’re certain ‘‘Everyone Ghent University!’ will end in style!
  9. All grand finales that follow a fabulous party end with… a ball! For the night owls among us, ‘Everyone Ghent University!’ only ends as the last note is sounded at the Studentenplein. If you like to watch the sun come up, head on down to the ICC in the Citadel Park for the Anniversary Ball. Whether you like to shimmy and shake to a live band’s sounds, boogie down to beats from the best DJs, or just chill out in the lounge, there’s something to suit everyone.
  10. We want to celebrate Ghent University’s anniversary together with everyone. This demonstrates the close bond between our large community of students, staff, and alumni. In order to give everyone the chance to enjoy the activities to the fullest during ‘Everyone Ghent University!’, the Board has recently decided to grant everyone the morning off on Monday and to cancel the morning’s lessons.

Practical information

Be sure to check the Facebook page regularly during ‘Everyone Ghent University!’ for fun photos and videos. Don’t hold back on Twitter with #ugent200