From Belgians to Brexit

ON THE 27TH OCTOBER EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN IN AN HISTORIC RECREATION OF FOLKESTONE’S MOST FAMOUS PAINTING ‘THE LANDING OF THE BELGIAN REFUGEES’

‘THE LANDING OF THE BELGIAN REFUGEES’

This project is a great opportunity to celebrate Folkestone as a WELCOMING town in which diversity is honoured and Brexit is clearly opposed.

To celebrate one of Folkestone’s favourite paintings, gifted to the town in 1916, Folkestone Fringe
and artist Manuel Vason invite you to be part of a photographic recreation at Folkestone Harbour Arm.
We want to bring together a rich and varied mix of people in Folkestone today, so why not come along with your family and friends and celebrate Folkestone, this beautiful painting and the people who live here now.

‘The Landing of the Belgian Refugees’ is on display in the town museum and commemorates the months in 1914 when more than 100,000 Belgians arrived in Folkestone fleeing WW1. They were welcomed with such kindness that King Albert of Belgium said ‘Folkestone had earned the admiration not only of the Belgians, but also of the whole world: yes, the whole civilised world knew how the town of Folkestone had received them with such cordiality which would never be forgotten’.

The Belgian refugees crossed the Channel in any boat they could find. On just one day in October 1914, some16,000 people of all ages arrived at Folkestone Harbour. The painting is by an Italian artist, Fredo Franzoni, who himself came to our town as a refugee in one of the boats from Belgium.

In these times of change, with Europe always visible from our doorstep, join us to re-imagine this 100-year-oldpainting for future generations.

Event Details

When: 27 October 2019
Time: Arrive by 1.00pm, photograph to be taken at 1.30pm
Where: Folkestone Harbour Arm Entrance (old ferry landing point)
What to wear: It’s up to you. In the painting people are wearing a mixture of ceremonial robes and work uniforms and normal clothes, or they’re dressed for a long, cold Channel crossing or smartly to welcome visitors. Come as you’d like.

If you would like to find out more please visit www.folkestonefringe.com

The Looker Magazine article on the project
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