Thursday 13rd September 2018

At 9.30 AM, we will start our Antwerp discovery with a Hop-on Hop-Off city tour. Among the places we will visit are the Central Station, the City Parc, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Red Star Line Museum and the City Hall with Antwerp’s main Central Square.

At noon, we will enjoy a nice lunch in a local restaurant known for its tasty Belgian cuisine.

After the lunch, we propose you a walk in the Fashion District through. Antwerp is certainly a fashion city and, with its annual crop of all the top talent, the Fashion Museum and its fascinating exhibitions, the many boutiques belonging to famous designers, the bold concept stores and the attractive shopping streets (with major fashion houses and emerging talent rub), it can join the ranks of the top ten fashion capitals. With attention to detail and a passion for the profession, the local designers are committed to nothing but refinement. During this tour you will discover fashion beyond fashion! We will start with a dip in the recent fashion history and go from the Industrial Revolution to « The Antwerp Six », the story about 6 different local designers and their presence on the international fashion scene. 

The walk starts at 1.30 PM at the Groenplaats next to the Hilton hotel and ends around 4.30 PM at the same place.

In the evening, we will be pleased to have you, together with all FEM Congress 2018 participants, at the Dinner organised at Felix Pakhuis.

Friday 14th September 2018

After breakfast, the shuttle drives us to the MAS, Museum aan de Stroom.

The MAS is more than an interesting building, a warehouse in the middle of the bustling district ‘Het Eilandje’.  Its modus operandi extends to every corner of the city and it attracts people from far beyond Antwerp. Here we will use all our senses to discover the city’s rich past, the river Schelde and the port, through breath-taking views (360 degree panorama), surprising the many large and small details of this architectural gem. A pedestrian boulevard with meters-high glass windows leads you more than 60 meters high. The collection of around 500,000 pieces will give you another view of the city and its centuries-long contacts with the world.

For lunch, we will enjoy a nice lunch in a local restaurant known for its tasty Belgian cuisine.

After lunch, we will discover another famous Antwerp characteristic: Diamonds!
The Diamond Walk will guide you through the most important diamond trading center worldwide.  The guided walk will start in the magnificent Central Station. Afterwards we will walk through the Square Mile – the heart of the diamond district – towards the city center. 
We will pass by the 4 diamond fairs of Antwerp and our guide will explain how the trade is being driven into precious little stones. 
You will learn everything about the 4 C’s, the importance of the northern lights and what gives that shining aspect in these noble stones.

In the evening, we will be pleased to have you, together with all FEM Congress 2018 participants, at the Gala Dinner, to take place at Grand Café Horta.