Flanders commemorates the First World War

ComingWorldRememberMe wins British award in Londen

On the 6th of November the British Guild of Travel Writers, the leading organisation for travel media professionals in the UK, chose ComingWorldRememberMe as the most valuable tourism project in Europe. 

End September CWRM was nominated for this award, together with Cité du Vin (France) and Chaplin’s World (Switzerland). A boost for the team of non-profit organisation Kunst, who earlier this year received the news that they no longer will receive structural funding from the government. Kunst organizes ComingWorldRememberMe in cooperation with artist Koen Vanmechelen. The project is commissioned by the provincial administration of West Flanders as part of their commemoration project ‘GoneWest/Reflections on the Great War’.

On the 6th of November, during the elegant black-tie Awards Dinner held in the ballroom of hotel The Savoy in London, Kunst received their award. The gala dinner is attended by representatives out of different sectors of the travel industry who are staying in London for the World Travel Market, which starts tomorrow. WTM is worldwide one of the biggest events for the travel industry.

According to Jan Moeyaert, intendant of non-profit organisation Kunst and inspirer of CWRM, the award shows international appreciation for the vision and mission of ComingWorldRememberMe. With remembering, connecting, helping and reflecting as the four main goals, CWRM wants her participants to dwell on the connection between the past, the present and the future. The strength of CWRM is in the solidarity.

“We want to dedicate this award to the thousands of people who have become a godfather or godmother since we started the project in 2014. Only thanks to the engagement of all our participants, the support of a few loyal partners (with special thanks to Wienerberger) and the enthusiasm of the team and all the volunteers involved, we are now at 246.000 sculptures.” Jan Moeyaert says.

Those who still want to get involved and create a sculpture for the land art installation can still participate until the end of March 2018.

The Winner for Best European Tourism Project is Coming World Remember Me, Ypres, Belgium (proposed by Tina Ediss). To represent those who lost their lives in Belgium during the First World War, thousands of visitors are moulding 600,000 clay sculptures to create a huge land art installation. The size of a fist, each sculpture bears a dog-tag with the name of one of the victims - plus the name of the person who created it. The project’s four main goals are to remember, to help, to reflect and to connect, as well as raising money for children currently trapped in war situations (comingworldrememberme.be/en).

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