When I was attending a guide’s course about domain Palingbeek months ago, I didn’t realize that my later thesis project would be situated right here. Gradually I got fascinated by the unique combination of landscape and nature, the story of the canal and the history of the First World War. You move from one habitat to another relic and sometimes they simply stand together. I could not pass up this opportunity. This story had to be told and sung!
Many sites (Hill country, Diksmuide, Newport, Ypres, Zonnebeke, Poperinghe) make it possible to work with additional stories, poetry and music (a must when guiding in West Flanders). This region breathes and sings its history and fortunately remnants have been left: no living witnesses but testimony brought back to life by Koen Raeymaekers (musician – composer - singer ) and by myself (as a guide, storyteller and singer).
In addition to the appropriate music (with authentic piper tunes ) poems and stories are also used concerning World War I and the peace theme. The members of the group receive a leaflet
Once I was at Tyne Cot Cemetery (24/08/2002) listening to the Passchendaele Suite 02 “Seeds of Peace” (music and lyrics of which are also being used in the guided tour).
May this guided tour plant a seed of peace into the hearts of the (great-grand)children of the Great War.
With this last link you can look into my guides CV .
See You Soon
western front-guide Johan
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