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OdeGand 2018: A musical journey around the world

For the 16th time OdeGand starts off Ghent’s cultural season. On Saturday September 15 you can enjoy many musical acts all throughout the beautiful city centre of Ghent, on the most enchanting locations.

The musical styles reach from pure classical to world music. The whole day you can drift from concert to concert, on foot, by taxi-bicycle of by boat.
This year’s program again presents the finest selection of musical delights. The Flemish Symphony Orchestra, together with soprano Liesbeth Devos, plays fragments from the legendary “Peer Gynt” by Edvard grieg, based on stories from Norse folklore.


Israeli chamber orchestra Polyphony gets oecumenical by combining elements from Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions. Tsubasa Hori and Masayuki Sakamoto let you experience the power of the Japanese Wadaiko and Taiko drums. The Voices of South Africa with singer Stella Khumalo take you on a musical safari trough the steppes of Africa. And with Sonitum Horarium, artist Hans Beckers shows you how you can make music with desert sand using a “sand organ”. Yes, Mister Sandman will bring you a dream.


With the OdeGand Pass you have access to all concerts and the boats between 13h30 and 18h15. You can also freely enter any of the three OdeGand Villages: on the St Bavo’s square, where you can listen to the talent of tomorrow; under the city hall, for a piano battle; and on the Graslei and Korenlei, on an actual music boat. Between 21 and 23 there is the closing spectacle on the Graslei and Korenlei, followed by a grandiose fireworks display at 23h. You can find more information about OdeGand and order tickets on their website.


Does the music still resonate or are you up for some silence? You can find your rest at our comfortable Hotel Astoria. You can reserve a room here.
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