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Bozar All over the P(a)lace!

5 reasons to come to our Opening Week

Summer is done, which can only mean one thing: the new cultural season is upon us again! This year, we’ll start with a dazzling programme that takes over the entire building for no less than five days. Get to know all the artistic disciplines that are taking over Bozar during Opening Week.

You’ll discover activities in every nook and cranny of our building, from the freshly renovated Henry Le Boeuf Hall to our rooftop. Sunday is also a big ‘open door day’, with free admission to the exhibitions.

We are pleased to offer a preview during the Opening Week of what’s going on at Bozar, a lively house for the arts where everyone is welcome, in the coming season. It will be kicked off by a keynote by Mona Chollet in the (already sold out) Henry Le Boeuf Hall, but there is so much more to discover. We want to highlight five events!

Nubya Garcia © Gregory Rubinstein

1. Smokin’ hot Club Night – 16.09

The sizzling Club Night transforms the spaces of the Centre for Fine Arts into a jazzy nightclub. The main stage features Nubya Garcia, star artist of the London jazz scene, and STUFF., who, after gracing the meadow at Pukkelpop, are now blowing their inimitable sound through Bozar during an exclusive performance. Find your own way through the Palace thanks to the sounds of mesmerising jazz, funky hip-hop and dynamic electro. Afterwards, descend to Bozar’s own Boiler Room: a DJ set and afterparty in the Horta Hall offer a closing party in style.

© Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stfitung

2. Cinematic concert Varieté, a silent film never sounded so beautiful – 15.09

Now that everyone has seen Barbie and Oppenheimer this summer, it’s time for something else. Together with the Belgian National Orchestra, we are launching a special series of cinema concerts, where a composer is invited to create a piece of music for a historical film. We start with the classic Varieté from 1925, a triangular circus drama. There’s no better setting than the Henry Le Boeuf Hall for this special evening in the atmosphere of the interbellum period.

Pablo Lorente

3. Antoni Tàpies & nocturne with performances – 15.09

After 40 years, the art of renowned Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies can be seen in Belgium once again. The major retrospective of this ‘master of matter’ also kicks off the various events marking the 100th anniversary of his birth. We will start the exhibition with a festive nocturne with performances. Ezra Masch’s installation stimulates all your senses with a harmony of light and sound. The award-winning La Ribot Ensemble unleashes three dancers with the pleasantly deranged LaBOLA performance at the Horta Hall. Don’t be frightened by the flying garments!

Closing Concert feat Kali Malone & Dedalus Ensemble

4. Beanbag sprawl with Kali Malone and Dedalus Ensemble – 17.09

Lounge about in style on Sunday evening. For this special double concert, the ground floor of the Henry Le Boeuf Hall will be transformed into a huge beanbag chair paradise. American sound artist Kali Malone performs a double concert of sweet, atmospheric music together with Dedalus Ensemble. The ambient music of musicians like Brian Eno, John Cage, or Eric Satie inspire a unique concert experience that always invites, but never forces, you to listen.

© Olivier Donnet

5. Sunday Funday, fun for the whole family – 17.09

We’re opening everything up for car-free Sunday. The newly opened exhibitions on Antoni Tàpies and The Harlem Fantasy ’82 are free to visit all day. The youngest visitors can expend their energy to their heart’s content in a sensory installation, explore the children’s trail at the Antoni Tàpies exhibition, or feast their eyes (or rather their ears?) on the energetic percussion performance Drumblebee. A music marathon of changing ensembles from the Belgian National Orchestra on the rooftop lifts Sunday to its climax. Everyone is welcome!

This initiative is made possible thanks to the support of the players of the National Lottery.