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Dear visitors and sympathizers of the International Gregorian Festival of Watou,

As you probably already know, on 13 October 2021 we mourned the passing of our beloved father, husband, inspirer and organiser of the Watou International Gregorian Festival, Bernard Deheegher.
Normally the 14th edition of the Festival with preceding pré-ouvertures would have taken place during the Ascension weekend in 2021. Due to the Covid pandemic, this edition was postponed entirely to the Ascension weekend in 2022.  
After a period of reflection and consideration following Bernard's passing, the Festival organisation has decided not to hold the edition as originally planned as a 10-day event. Given the continuing uncertainties in the framework of Covid, and the desire to honour our organiser, we have decided to transform the originally planned edition into an "In Memoriam" gathering on Ascension Day, 26 May 2022, in Watou.
The (liturgical) programme for this "In Memoriam" day will soon be available on our website in the coming weeks.  
Via this way we would like to cordially invite you all to Watou on Ascension Day, May 26th 2022.
The Festival organisation


  “Cultural Ambassador of Flanders” 1996

“Gold Label Festival Klassiek Centraal” 2016

‘’Ambassador of the town of Poperinge’’ 2019


foto: © Michaël Depestele