The Crystal Ship is the biggest festival surrounding art and public space in Europe. No wonder Johan Vande Lanotte, Ostend’s mayor, is so proud to host it. “It’s amazing,” he says. “We’ve wanted to do something with art on the streets of Ostend for a while now. We’ve been talk-ing to an expert on this kind of art, Bjørn Van Poucke. He helped us realise this beautiful artistic trail through the city.” Twenty different artists from all over the world created beautiful paintings on walls all over the city.