Bruges' Lace Centre 50 years young!

50 years ago, on June 10th 1970, the non-profit organization “Kantcentrum” was founded in Bruges. The Board of Directors of the "Kantcentrum Brugge" and all employees and collaborators do not want to let this beautiful birthday go unnoticed and would like to share it with you.

HISTORY
Due to the sharp decline in the number of students who were still following lace education, a number of lace schools, in particular those of the Apostolins Sisters, together with friends from the Bruges’ lace, founded a new non-profit organization with the aim of intensively propagating lace so that this art craft could survive. This initiative was immediately successful; many new students presented themselves. Two years later, the non-profit association took over the lace teaching from the sisters because the sisters could no longer bear the burden of education.
Lace education was thus safeguarded. The Lace Centre independently continued all its other activities and therefore now presents itself as the institution of choice, known for its professional lace training and its worldwide renowned teachers. In 2009 a new Board of Directors took over the association. The Bruges’ Lace Centre moved into the fully renovated building of the former lace school in 2014.

TODAY - CURRENT SITUATION
The Bruges' Lace Centre has now grown into a knowledge center for lace in Flanders. Since 1978, it publishes a renowned 3-monthly magazine, "KANT". It provides training for lace teachers, provides courses for youth and adults throughout the year, runs a webshop and lace shop, publishes several lace books every year, publishes also a weekly 'Newsletter', has a beautiful interactive lace museum and organizes numerous lace activities and promotions.
The Board of Directors would like to thank the many employees and sympathizers  for their support and cooperation in maintaining and further growing our organization. 

ACTIVITIES UNDER THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
From now until mid 2021, many activities will take place in the context of this 50th anniversary.
We already mention the following activities:
- a new lace special has just been issued, 'Special ESTONIA 2020-2021', with 15 original lace patterns in various lace techniques; the book has 64 pages and is published in six languages ​​(besides Dutch, French, English and German also Italian and Spanish); the book is available in the -Kantcentrum'- shop, Balstraat 16, 8000 Bruges and in the specialized bookstore;
-from August 10th, the premises of the Lace Centre will be opened for the exposition by and about 'A P-Lace together', the virtual worldwide lace workshop that was propagated by the Lace Center on the initiative of our lace teacher Xandra Ballieu; at present, the 2500 participants worldwide are registered for this project; they receive a lace pattern every week, via the FB page 'A P-Lace together', on Wednesdays, which they can make to their own taste; participants are asked to send their finished lacework to the Lace Center for display here; so it is the exhibition of those lace strips, which starts on August 10;
- until the end of this year, the museum is hosting the occasional exhibition 'War Lace, lace from W.O.I'; this small exhibition shows some remarkable lace top pieces, made during W.O. I in the context of the operation of the 'Commission for the Relief of Belgium'; through the help of this Commission, a limited basic income could be provided to the many thousands of poor lace-makers in Bruges and throughout Belgium;
-the Board of Directors also invites all sympathizers and those interested in lace to visit our centre and museum; until the end of June, the museum and shop are open from 1 pm to 5 pm; from July 1st again daily from 10 am to 5 pm; from 6 July, the daily lace workshop with demonstrations will start again in the afternoon, from 2 to 5 pm;
tickets for the museum can - preferably - be ordered online via the webshop on our website www.kantcentrum.eu; tickets can also be ordered by telephone or by mail; we are closed on Sundays and public holidays, but in the Ascension W-E of August 15th and 16th we are open;
- via the 'Newsletter' we keep everyone informed of all activities and news from and about the Lace Centre; a subscription is free; You can subscribe via www.kantcentrum.eu.

The Lace Centre has received in 2018 the quality-label of "Handmade in Bruges" from the city of Bruges.

Our data are: Bruges' Lace Centre, Balstraat 16, 8000 Bruges, Belgium; phone: 0032 (0) 50 33 00 72; mail: info@kantcentrum.eu; website: www.kantcentrum.eu