Over the years the Centre for Fine Arts has developed close relationships with a select number of cultural partners, who have the inside track with the Centre. These bodies often undertake co-productions with the different BOZAR departments. They also regularly use the Centre as the venue for their own events.
- Exploration du Monde
- Het Beschrijf
- asbl Mont des Arts
- La Monnaie
- Festival van Vlaanderen Internationaal
- Le Festival de Wallonie
- La Société Philharmonique de Bruxelles
- Jeugd en Muziek Brussel
- Jeunesse & Arts Plastiques
- Jeunesses Musicales de Bruxelles
- La Jeune Peinture Belge
- Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth
- La Cinémathèque royale de Belgique
- L'Orchestre National de Belgique
- La Promotion des Lettres belges de langue française
European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) is an active network bringing together many of the major concert halls in Europe in order to promote professional exchange, shared reflection and the initiation of joint initiatives.
List of members:
Barbican Centre London
Cité de la musique Paris
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Laeiszhalle Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall
Palace of Arts - Budapest
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris
The Sage Gateshead
Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham
Exploration du Monde
Exploration du Monde started up at the Centre for Fine Arts in 1950. Since then, the organisation has considerably expanded its activities. Currently they organise seven Exploration du Monde film-lectures a year in the Centre for Fine Arts.
Het Beschrijf aims to put Brussels on the literary map. To this end it organises literary programmes, workshops, and festivals. Most of the literary activities take place in the organisation's own "house of literature", Passa Porta. During the Het Groot Beschrijf literary festival, held every two years, more than 50 organisers combine to stage a hundred different events in Brussels. Together with BOZAR LITERATURE and with Promotion des Lettres de langue française, Het Beschrijf is one of the organisers of the international festival Literary Rendezvous. The 2005 edition, under the title Grand Hotel Europe, took place in the Centre for Fine Arts and Passa Porta. Het Groot Beschrijf and the Literary Rendezvous take place in alternate years.
BRONKS offers theatre for children and young people up to 107 years of age. Paul Peyskens, Dimitri Leue, Ad Van Iersel, and Pascale Platel: these are just a few of the people who do wonderful things for BRONKS. BRONKS also acts as a host in Brussels for Flemish and Dutch children’s theatre. From October to May, performances can be seen in various locations throughout the city on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. BRONKS organises school performances on weekdays. Children and young people can also participate in theatre, music, and dance workshops at BRONKS. Sometimes these workshops develop into actual performances. The annual highlight is the BRONKS festival at the beginning of November.
Mont des Arts/Kunstberg
The Kunstberg/Mont des Arts non-profit organisation unites the cultural institutions on the Mont des Arts/Kunstberg. This cultural heart of Brussels is within walking distance of the Grand-Place and Central Station and is well worth a visit. The Mont des Arts Pass gives access, all the year and for a single day, to the activities taking place in the various art and cultural centres: a morning concert, a children’s workshop, an exhibition or a film at the Centre for Fine Arts, a guided tour of the former Palace of Charles V, or a visit to the temporary exhibitions and permanent collections of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Musical Instrument Museum, the BELvue museum, ING Cultural Centre or the Royal Library and the Palace of Charles de Lorraine. The complete agenda for every Saturday and Sunday can be found at :
La Monnaie/De Munt
The Brussels opera house, La Monnaie/De Munt, was inaugurated in 1700, making it one of Europe’s oldest cultural institutions. Since the 1960s it has also had an international reputation as a centre for dance. Starting in 1981, Gerard Mortier put the Brussels opera house's productions back on the international map. In 1992 Bernard Foccroulle took over the helm. In addition to opera, La Monnaie/De Munt also presents dance, concerts, and recitals. Rosas, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s dance company, is in residence at the opera house. At the Centre for Fine Arts, La Monnaie/De Munt’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present the Monnaie Symphony Series. The two organisations also join forces for song recitals.
Europalia is a major international arts festival held every two years to celebrate one invited country’s cultural heritage.
Since 1969, Europalia has organised some twenty festivals. Each has turned the spotlight on one culture in a comprehensive programme of music, fine arts, photography, cinema, theatre, dance and literature. From October to February, the festival fills numerous locations in Brussels, other Belgian cities and in neighbouring countries. The festival offers guest countries a unique opportunity to present their cultural heritage and contemporary arts in an optimal format. In this way, Europalia hopes to promote better understanding between nations and stimulate cultural exchange between peoples. Europalia contributes to the cultural dimension of European construction by promoting Europe’s diverse cultures and encouraging their dialogue with the world’s great cultures. It has brought new insight into the many different countries that form Europe including Italy, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Austria, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria, as well as into more distant lands: Mexico, Japan and in 2005-2006, Russia.
Each festival enjoys the patronage of his majesty the King of Belgium and the guest country’s Head of State.
Festival of Flanders International
The Festival of Flanders organises 350 concerts a year in Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Kortrijk, Limburg, Mechelen, and Flemish Brabant. From May until the end of November, music-lovers can get their fill in churches, castles, historic buildings, and concert halls in the eight festival cities. In Brussels, the Festival is an important partner of the Centre for Fine Arts.
Festival of Wallonia
The Festival of Wallonia combines the Festivals of Stavelot, Liege, Saint-Hubert, Namur, Hainault, and Walloon Brabant. Each year, the Festival of Wallonia unites these various smaller festivals under a common theme and designates a Belgian musical personality as patron for the entire season. In addition to classical music, the festival includes jazz, world music, French chanson, dance, theatre, and film. The Festival of Wallonia also has a presence in Brussels. Together with the Music Department of BOZAR, it organises a number of concerts in the Henry Le Boeuf Hall at the Centre for Fine Arts.
Founded in 1927, the Philharmonic Society was the brainchild of Henry Le Boeuf. From the very beginning, the Society was responsible for the concert programme in the Centre for Fine Arts; it also organised concerts elsewhere in Brussels. In 2002, the Philharmonic Society transferred its activities as a concert organiser to the Music Department of BOZAR. The Philharmonic Society remains active as a foundation for the support of young musicians. To this end, it works in collaboration with Euphonia.
Jeugd en Muziek Brussel
Jeugd en Muziek Brussel (Youth and Music Brussels), the Dutch-language counterpart of Jeunesses Musicales de Bruxelles, aims to arouse enthusiasm for music among young people (from 3 to 30). Young people, families, toddlers, children, and schools: all, both musicians and music-lovers, will find something to their taste in its activities. Concerts are organised in classrooms, at secondary schools, and in concert halls. Workshops, music camps, and courses promote active music-making. In the Brussels International Youth Orchestra, young people from 13 to 25 can acquire a great deal of performing experience. The Centre for Fine Arts is the base for Jeugd en Muziek Brussel’s operations.
Jeunesse et Arts Plastiques
Jeunesse et Arts Plastiques (Youth and the Visual Arts) has been active in the Centre for Fine Arts since 1960. The association aims to promote knowledge of modern and contemporary art. It organises two series of lectures: the Cycle Fondamental, open to all, consists of seven talks and encounters with Belgian or foreign guests, while the Cycle Scolaire increases awareness of the visual arts among secondary-school pupils. Apart from these series, JAP also organises meetings with artists, trips, lectures, and film projections.
Jeunesses Musicales de Bruxelles
1940. In occupied Belgium, Marcel Cuvelier, the director of the Filharmonische Vereniging in Brussels, founded ‘Jeugd en Muziek’ (Youth and Music). In a society awash with Nazi propaganda, Jeugd en Muziek resolutely guided youngsters in the opposite direction. Its affordable concerts were intended to instil them with culture, good taste and a love of music.
75 years later, Jeugd en Muziek is still stimulating young ears with about 1200 school concerts and 350 public performances a year.
As a leading cultural institution and partner, the Centre for Fine Arts organises numerous activities every year, including courses during the school holidays and concerts by The Orchestra for Children. You can attend the interactive concerts tailor-made for children at the BOZAR Studio with your class or family.
Young Belgian Painters Award
The non-profit organisation Young Belgian Painters Award] has awarded the Young Belgian Painters Award since 1950. Initially, the organisation focused primarily on Belgian painters and sculptors. In 1963, the competition was opened to foreign artists who have lived in Belgium for at least one year. In addition to sculpting and painting, the prize is now also open to photography, graphic art, video, drawing, the environment, installations, and performances. Since 2003, there are four prizes each year: the Young Belgian Painters Award – Crowet, the Young Belgian Painters Award – Langui, the ING Award, and the Centre for Fine Arts Award.
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Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
Founded in 1939, two years after the first Eugène Ysaÿe Competition (which would later, in 1951, become the Queen Elisabeth Competition), the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel set itself the task of offering meaningful support to talented young musicians by setting up a specialised school with the highest artistic and technical standards. This mission was revitalised in 2004 by the adoption of a new, more open and flexible structure and by tailoring the teaching programmes more to individual requirements. Central to the training offered by the Chapel is the presence of five "masters in residence" (Augustin Dumay, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, José van Dam, Gary Hoffman, and the Artemis Quartet), backed up by a team of enthusiastic, capable permanent and guest teachers. The Music Chapel has created a crucial link between training and access to the concert platform. This has enabled it to become a key player in musical life and a ground-breaking institution, thanks to its links with orchestras, festivals, and concert halls, both in Belgium and abroad.
Royal Belgian Film Archive
The Film Archive was established in the Centre for Fine Arts in 1938. It is one of the oldest and richest film archives in the world. The collection includes short and full-length films, both fiction and documentaries. In 1962 the Film Museum was given a permanent niche in the Centre for Fine Arts, where its two theatres show five films every day: three with sound and two silent films with live piano accompaniment. Regular series include Belgian films, children’s matinees on Sunday, and classic matinees on Thursdays. Each month, the programme highlights three themes and there are frequent tributes to particular directors. In addition to public screenings, the museum also organises guided tours, private screenings, seminars, and courses in film history and film analysis.
Belgian National Orchestra
The Belgian National Orchestra came into being in 1936 at the Centre for Fine Arts. The BNO performs a broad repertoire, without confining itself to a particular style, period, or country. Its programmes feature classical and romantic pieces alongside modern works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including film scores. The BNO gives about 70 concerts a year, about 30 of which take place at the Centre for Fine Arts, where it presents three concert series in the Henry Le Boeuf Hall, in collaboration with BOZAR MUSIC. The orchestra regularly cooperates with the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. The BNO has also launched activities for children, including Klassiek met Klasse and Sa-Me-Di la Musique. In 2003 and 2004 it undertook major tours of Japan.
La Promotion des Lettres Belges de langue française
The name of this literary organisation explains its goals: founded in 1981, La Promotion des Lettres promotes the literature of Belgium's French-speaking Community, both within and outside Belgium. The organisation has its own book section in the BOZAR SHOP. La Promotion des Lettres organises lectures, debates, meetings, and exhibitions and each month holds Les Jeudis Lire (Literary Thursdays) with Le Rideau de Bruxelles: discussions with writers in the Centre for Fine Arts, with actors from Le Rideau reading passages aloud. Together with Het Beschrijf and BOZAR LITERATURE, La Promotion des Lettres organises the Literary Rendezvous every two years, an international literature festival held in the Centre for Fine Arts and the Passa Porta house of literature. The 2005 edition of this festival, under the title Grand Hotel Europe, took place from 15 to 24 April.
Moussem Nomadic Arts Center questions the prevailing artistic canon and reflects on the consequences of globalization caused by old and new migratory flows. Moussem’s international operations focus on artists that are either directly connected with the Arab world, or evidence an openness toward it. Moussem directs its activities, which it consciously chooses to integrate within the mainstream art houses in Flanders, Brussels and Europe, towards a diverse urban audience. Moussem positions itself as an international crossroads in the Flemish art field. This is reflected in its many artistic collaborations.