Join us in Leuven, Belgium for this Global “Passion for Painters and Paintings” Journey. Enjoy several themed experiences in the realm of fine arts and culture in our historic cities.

Home Hospitality

Provided by the Friendship Force club of Leuven, Belgium.

Live With a Local

  • Come and learn from each other, together with local artists in their studio.
  • Enlarge your knowledge of the Flemish Primitives, 17th century Baroque art, the Flemish Impressionists, Expressionists, Realism, and Abstract Art.
  • Have the opportunity to exhibit your own pieces of art by slideshow in a gallery.
  • Taste typical Belgian food and beers - the headquarters of the largest brewery in the world is situated in Leuven.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Spend a week with Friendship Force of Leuven in this historic and buzzing university city.
  • Walk through the history of fine arts from the 15th to the 21st century in the museums and churches of Leuven, Ghent, Brussels, and Antwerp.
  • Visit historic places including City Hall Leuven, Grand Market Brussels, the European Parliament, Atomium, and the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb Ghent.
Wonderful hosts. It was a pleasure to be hosted by them! -Canadian Ambassadors, May 2016

Passion for Painters and Paintings with Friendship Force of Leuven

5 Days / 5 Nights Program and Itinerary:

April 30, 2017 – May 8, 2017
Coordinator: Dany Vandenbroeck, FF Leuven

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

April 30

Arrival of our guests

Evening with host

May 1

Kunstroute Leuven visit studios of artists


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6 p.m. – BBQ Lions Club: Blossom Art

May 2

Free morning

Lunch with host

Afternoon: Gallery Hannah, exhibition works (digital)

Evening with host or dinner host

May 3

Visit Brussels

Museums: Magritte, Schone Kunsten, and Breugel


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May 4

Workshops in studios of artists


Workshops continue

Evening with host or dinner host

May 5

Visit Leuven

Museum M


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Reception – City Hall

May 6

Visit Ghent St-Baaf’s Cathedral

Flemish Impressionists


Cruise on the canals evening with host or dinner host

May 7

Visit Antwerp

Rubens house, Holy Mary Cathedral, MAS


Visit continues

7 p.m. – Farewell Party

May 8

Departure of our guests


$900 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, tickets/admission to all museums, churches, and venues, cruise on the canals of Ghent, all meals, transport by train, and chartered bus. Does not include drinks.


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Know before you go

  • This is a global and themed exchange, so in addition to fine arts experiences you will have with us in Leuven, you will have the opportunity to meet and mix with other FF members from around the world who share your interest in the arts.
  • May is spring in Belgium, usually mild (15-20 °C) but also unpredictable. So bring your umbrella.
  • The exchange requires a moderate level of energy and activity. Participants must be able to walk in the museums and churches, climb stairs and carry their own luggage. All interested members of FF are invited to apply.
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Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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