From 15 June to 15 November 2018 we organised together with various partners the photo contest Wiki Loves Heritage as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. As part of the contest we asked the public to take photos of all kinds of Belgian heritage that exists. Eligible in the contest was not only the immovable heritage, but also the movable heritage (like museum pieces) and immaterial heritage (like traditions and more). Together with the photo contest we also stimulated our partners to donate images to Wikimedia Commons.
On 18 December 2018 we organised the award ceremony to announce the winning photos of the national jury. On 23 February 2019 the Flemish award ceremony took place to announce the Flemish winning photos.
The photo contest created more awareness about the importance of cultural heritage visible online and we are happy with the results. Therefore we started with the preparations to organise in 2019 another Wiki Loves Heritage photo contest. The scope will be the same, but as we noticed that 85% of the uploaded images were from immovable heritage, we will put the focus in our communication on movable heritage.
Wikipedian in Residence at the King Baudouin Foundation
From November 2018 to February 2019 the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels had a Wikipedian in Residence to open up their collection. The Heritage Fund of the King Baudouin Foundation acquires works of art and literature that are considered as important Belgian heritage and gives these works in permanent loan to museums. They consider it important to make these works available to an as large as possible public.
Data on over 3000 works of art from its collection from the Heritage Fund has been published on Wikidata and available photos of these artworks have been uploaded onto Wikimedia Commons. In this way important Belgian heritage is available online so it can become better known among the general public.