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Watou is a village in the Belgian province of West Flanders and a district of the town of Poperinge. The village has a population of 1,900. It lies on the border with France. The hamlet Abele is part of Watou. Poperinge is situated on the border with the hamlet of Sint-Jan-ter-Biezen.
Every summer, from June until September, the Watou Arts Festival takes place in this village close to the French border. Poets, visual artists and upcoming talent settle in and create high level art throughout the village. Watou offers special locations as exhibition spaces, like a former monastery, an old farmhouse, school or the cellar of a brewery. The interaction between surprising spaces with sublime contemporary art and poetry provides each year a unique art experience.
The St. Bavo Church dates partly from the 12th century.
The Watou church and cemetery is located next to Watouplein, the square in the center of the village. During World War I, called the Great War in Belgium, Watou and its surroundings were a quiet resting area behind the lines. No armed conflicts took place here, so the church only saw a few war funerals between April 1915 (Second Battle of Ypres) and November 1918 (when the war ended).
Beers brewed in Watou
- Emma Thomson (7 Aug 2012). "Flanders: Northern Belgium: Brussels, Bruges and Beyond". Bradt Travel Guides. p. 48. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
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