Piet Chielens is Director of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. He and a small team are looking for a constant renewal of the memory of the Great War in Flanders, and support artistic interpretations of attitudes and concerns about war and peace. The musuem is involved currently in working towards commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres on October 12th this year. Chielens has been in New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Myriad Faces Symposium 2017, which commemorates 1917, in year in which World War One conflict gained a global reach as United States, China, Brazil, and others joined the Allied side. His keynote talk was on "The seed for the commemorative war-landscape in Belgian Flanders".