Pilotage Building open to the public for the last time in its current form

As in 2018, the AntwerpPhoto Festival is held at the Pilotage Building in the Eilandje district of Antwerp. However, this summer will be your last chance to see this historic building in its original glory, as it will soon be renovated into a Flemish Culinary Centre.

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Unique, iconic location

In the past, this historic building on the banks of the River Scheldt near one of its distinctive bends was used to pilot ships into and out of the port. Many artists were also seen arriving in Antwerp from here. This makes the Pilotage Building, which has been vacant since 2017, the perfect setting for a cultural festival about photography. The building will be temporarily set up for Flanders' biggest photography festival again in collaboration with the City of Antwerp until a new use for the building is found. The building’s new purpose was decided on in late April. The 2021 AntwerpPhoto Festival is your last chance to see the Pilotage Building before its renovation.

The Pilotage Building will be a Flemish Culinary Centre

The Pilotage Building is to be renovated into a new Flemish Culinary Centre with the support of the Flemish government and the City of Antwerp. By 2024, it will be a hive of activity for chefs, researchers, producers and the general public with a restaurant, a cooking studio, a microbrewery, workspaces and shops selling beer, cookery books and more. The focus will be on products made or grown in Flanders.

Read an article in newspaper De Standaard in Dutch.