De Weg Terug The Way Back

Zonnebeke, Belgium, 24-26 May 2024

An original site-specific immersive heritage experience for Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Zonnebeke, as part of the West Flanders 'Year of the Cemetery' programme.

From 24-26 May De Weg Terug - The Way Back transforms Passchendaele Memorial Museum into an immersive multimedia, multilingual encounter and performance spectacle, exploring the post-war history of Zonnebeke. 

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Starting in the dug-outs, moving through the trenches and concluding in an open-air show in the chateau grounds (live spectacle performance Friday and Saturday only), the experience moves between intimate encounters with the past and epic spectacle. Bringing live performance together with immersive augmented reality De Weg Terug - The Way Back offers a unique experience exploring the lesser-known stories of Zonnebeke and its community after the First World War.

  • Suitable for all ages. 

  • Disability access provided.

  • Presented in Dutch and English.

Timings and Tickets

Immersive Encounter (Friday 24 -Sunday 26 May)

  • First entry 6pm. Each encounter takes around 30 minutes.

  • Free for children up to 6 years old.  All other tickets: € 13.00.

  • Tickets can be purchased at

You are welcome to stay and picnic in the courtyard before the evening performance.

Evening Performance Spectacle (Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May only)

  • Show begins at 9.45 in the courtyard. 

  • No tickets required. Open to all.

  • Sit anywhere on the chateau lawn. Please bring your own seating (blankets or chairs).

  • This is an open-air performance, please bring necessary clothing and rain protection dependent on weather!

The creative team

De Weg Terug - The Way Back is the product of a team of creatives, artists, community performers and historians. The artistic directors and writers are Helen Brooks (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London) and Jayne Thompson (University of Kent). Music is by Thom Robson. Production by Debbie Manhaeve (Passchendaele Memorial Museum). Projections are by Howard Griffin (University of Kent). Historical consultancy is by Mark Connelly (University of Kent) and Simon Augustyn (Passchendaele Memorial Museum).

De Weg Terug – The Way Back is part of the official presidency programme (culture category) of the Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU. 

It is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the University of Kent, and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.