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Antwerp Summer University (UA – AWDC - Antwerp partnership in collaboration with the Antwerp diamond bourses) 28 August – 8 September 2017

Starting in 2017, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the University of Antwerp will offer a yearly summer school on diamonds and the diamond industry. The summer school will focus on all aspects of the ‘diamond pipeline’ and specific & innovative aspects relevant to today’s society and business environment. The program is built on the knowledge and expertise of academics and professionals. In the framework of the Antwerp Summer University, we will organize a Tech Fair in the bourses with the latest in diamond technology and equipment.

School Project – school year 2017-2018

The goal is to create a syllabus that can be used by primary schools in Antwerp – 5th and 6th grade – which will enable teachers to introduce the fascinating aspects of the Antwerp diamond industry into the school curriculum, including field trips and projects. A new generation of Antwerpians will get to know the diamond industry.

Brilliant Foodies Festival – 22 October 2017

A festival that celebrates the culture, food and music of the fascinating melting pot of nationalities and ethnic backgrounds of the people working in our industry. A familiy day for everyone, featuring a wide variety of activities and workshops.

Port of Antwerp Photo Contest – November 2017

Who can take the most beautiful picture of the new Port House, making it look even more like a diamond than it already does? All participating pictures will be part of an exhibition in the Port House during the month of November.

African Diamond Dialogue – 14 November 2017

With this African Diamond Dialogue, we want to organize a meaningful discussion amongst diamond experts regarding the most recents developments and pressing issues in the African diamond industry.

Expedition Diamond – 17 December 2017

A one-day event in which groups of young people (millennials) will go on a diamond adventure throughout the city. The treasure-hunt style expedition will involve the teams gathering all sorts of ‘diamond’ facts and figures, activities and fun. The teams will complete a quiz, and the winning team will receive a party for 100 guests, sponsored by the De Koninck Brewery in Antwerp. 

Street Art project

We want to create a street art project in the diamond square mile, which might inspire more diamond street art throughout the city. During the Diamond Year, we hope to lay the foundations for a diamond grafitti trail throughout Antwerp.

KP Intersessional – 18 – 21 June 2018

In June 2018, Antwerp will host the Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting.