An industrial and cultural diamond on the river Scheldt
Antwerp, which for many centuries has been a major trading hub in the Low Countries, is home to Europe’s second largest port, in addition to being the world capital of the diamond trade and the second largest petrochemical cluster in the world.
This trendy city – which has also played a pioneering role in fine art, design, contemporary architecture, and fashion – once was the home of famous painters as the iconic Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony van Dijck. Today conference delegates can admire their works in museums and churches throughout the city. In recent years, canvas has made way for cotton, with fashion designers contributing to the city’s reputation.
The gourmets among your delegates will be impressed by the many local delicacies and beautiful dinner venues in historic settings. With its thriving cultural scene, bustling trade and culinary gems, Antwerp offers the ideal setting for your next conference.
Who are your guides in this video?
Prof Dr Annick Schramme is a professor at Universiteit Antwerpen and Antwerp Management School. She chairs several boards of cultural organisations in Flanders and the Netherlands.
Kai Troll is president of AssociationWorld, an international organization taking a holistic approach towards association and non-profit development. Sounds interesting, and so is Kai as a person himself.
Veerle Peeters is the Director of Antwerp Convention Bureau. She is addicted to hiking and Antwerp. Especially the last item is interesting for you, when organising your conference.
Antwerp is just 30 minutes by train from Brussels Airport, an airport accessible for delegates from all over the world.
Flanders Heritage Venues in Antwerp
Fancy a conference in one of these magnificent venues?
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Local partners at your service
The City of Antwerp and its official convention bureau welcome your conference with open arms.