World War 1

July 1st to September 17th

Expo “Vive Labeur – China in Poperinge 1917 – 2017


China in Poperinge 1917 – 2017 In the summer of 1917, the first Chinese workers arrived in Poperinge. They work in the service of the British army and will remain until 1920. They live in separate camps and keep up their own rituals. The exhibition “Vive Labeur” tells the story of Chinese input during the First World War. Were they hard workers? How was the contact with Poperinge residents? Did they have free time and did they celebrate Chinese New Year? In addition to a historical hatch, “Vive Labeur” also presents a contemporary look at the story. Photographers Stephan Vanfleteren and Sanne Dewilde draw to China. They are looking for the roots of the Chinese WO 1 worker. Report maker Lieselotte Vandamme pulls up the farmer in Westhoek, looking for punitive Chinese war stories. On September 2nd and 3rd of September, the Poperinge city festival is fully signposted by China: dragons, tea ceremonies, calligraphy workshops, shadow theater and acrobatics. The expo is open daily from 1 pm to 6 pm except Monday.

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