Antwerp Antique Dealers' Association (Antiquairs Antwerpen)
Antwerp Antique Dealers' Association (Antiquairs Antwerpen) is an association for antique dealers based in Antwerp, Belgium.
In 1978, a core group of Antwerp antique dealers, members of the Royal Society of Antiquarians, decided to organize annual open viewing days on their own premises.
A walking route was drawn up with the intention of lowering the participation threshold with respect to antiques, and allowing the public to get acquainted with renowned antique dealers who love their profession and can be trusted to negotiate in all fairness and discretion.
The Open House Days provide a walking tour which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Antwerp every year from Belgium and abroad, all of whom look forward to making the traditional rounds during the last weekend of November and the first weekend of December.
This makes the open viewing days one of the most frequently visited artistic events in the country. In recent years, the French, German and Dutch press have paid a great deal of attention to artistic events in Antwerp, resulting in greater interest among connoisseurs for both the event and the city.
Every year, in close collaboration with the city of Antwerp, the Antwerp Antique Dealerse Association develops a program guaranteed to appeal to visitors from home and abroad.
Antwerp, city of the arts
The Antwerp Antique Dealers' Association wants to promote Antwerp as a city of the arts with a rich history. For this reason, the association places the city’s cultural heritage in the spotlight every year.
Every year, a pamphlet – of which 65,000 exemplars are printed – describes the walking tour and special cultural events throughout Belgium and neighbouring countries.