30 July 2009

Highlights of Gentse Feesten 2009

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If you don't know what the Gentse Feesten is, it's a yearly 10 day festival in the city of Gent (a.k.a. "Ghent") where I live in Belgium. It just ended, so don't rush out here or anything, but a very nice time was had by all. I spent most of my time at our comedy room as I can't stand crowds (kind of a drawback at festival time, I know) but I took pictures of lots of stuff anyway. So here's some stuff:



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OK - here's the first thing. This is a pee stand. They have these all over the place during the Feesten, and even though there were more of them this year than any other year, apparently there was a 200% increase in the number of incidents of wild plassen (peeing in random places). Although the mind boggles as to how they arrive at these statistics.




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Here is what the area behind the comedy space looked like. Those white panels you see everywhere are really insipid poems mounted on sticks.




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And here's the last day of the festival when they removed the poetry panels! Yaaay



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Here's one of the non-crowded streets I favored on my walk home.



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The best act at the Gentse Feesten.




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An empty pee-stand on the last day. Cute graffiti, eh?




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Wim as he appears all through the festival with a phone permanently embedded in his ear.




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Big bad scary Antwerp Comedy Mafioso, Fokke!



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This is my I-don't-like-crowds shaky photographic handywork.



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You turn your back on those Russian bartenders for one second.....



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The worst act at the Gentse Feesten. There is nothing less appealing than bitter out of work actors making uninspired balloon animals whilst wearing wanky costumes




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Ghosts! See those orbs?! Those are ghosts! ....I took this photo over my shoulder in an attempt to clandestinely photograph one of the pee stands being used; I misaimed and got ghosts!
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3 comments:

Lilacspecs said...

Yeah, that pretty much does sum it up pretty well. Crowds and random peeing. And balloon hats.

Brian said...

A celebration of WHAT exactly? Bodily function?

Jovanka said...

Gentse Pee-stain