Stretch: First Cross-Border Event Festival for Event Studies Key Players (with non-binding call for papers)


Due to the corona crisis, this event will not take place on the foreseen date. We do not want to bury our cross-border event network idea, though. We will only postpone this conference and the launch of our STRETCH network to a later date. Looking forward to meeting you later!

We are involved in the Event Management programme at VIVES, University of Applied Sciences in Kortrijk, Belgium, which is a member of the KU Leuven Association, a network of high-quality higher education institutions spread all over Flanders and Brussels. With locations in five cities in West Flanders, at the heart of Europe, VIVES offers profession-oriented degree programmes at the bachelor level in six fields of study.

Our Event Management programme is part of the Business Management degree and has existed for 15 years now. It was the first of its kind in Flanders. Since we highly value international competences and collaboration, we are committed to setting up an international network of event studies worldwide.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to our international conference from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 March 2020. The purpose is to exchange strategic viewpoints, to learn from each other’s core approach, research and events industry contacts and to organize student and lecturer exchanges and international projects. We want to reach further, to cross boundaries, to stretch in all possible ways and directions. 

Reach out to us and register for: Stretch, Cross-Border Event Festival. Take part in 3 days of brainstorm, meeting, network, presentation, brain, music, leisure stretches and network with some of the most important Belgian event managers and award winning event agencies, such as the organizer of Cirque du Soleil Belgium and the multiple Bea award winner MeetMarcel. 

Call for papers (non-binding)

We invite researchers and presenters who are interested in doing so, to submit a paper and/or to make proposals of original research speeches addressing event-related issues, challenges, ideas, topics, developments and technologies. We foresee room for 20-minute talks during the first day.

Pin the date: Tuesday 17 - Thursday 19 March 2020

  • Power? Cross-border network building
  • Powered for key players, researchers and lecturers of event studies worldwide.
  • Powered by VIVES Event Management (KU Leuven Association)

Programme STRETCH, Cross-border Event Festival

Tuesday 17 March 

Stretches to share research insights and build up strategic viewpoints and collaboration 
Venue: VIVES University of Applied Sciences Kortrijk, Belgium

Wednesday 18 March

Stretches with the organizer of Cirque du Soleil Belgium
Venue: Lotto Arena Antwerp, Belgium

Thursday 19 March

Stretches with Belgian event agencies, event workers and suppliers
Venue: Concertgebouw Brugge, Belgium

30 festival tickets

  • participation in all network activities
  • 3-day catering
  • 3-day transport
  • 3 visits to breathtakingly beautiful cities
  • concert at renowned Concertgebouw Brugge

This event, which is, due to its first organisation, free of conference fees, will be held in VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Kortrijk and in the extraordinary venues Lotto Arena Antwerp and Concertgebouw Brugge. 

There are 30 tickets foreseen, max. 3 per events studies programme. We hope to stretch with you.