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Gala dinner 'Art & Ecstasy' at the Centre of Fine Arts

A sensory and spiritual experience

On Tuesday 18 April, the annual fundraising dinner took place in the Henry Le Boeuf Concert Hall. Proceeds from the evening are used to realise a multidisciplinary and transversal artistic programme, and to ensure that Bozar can continue to present a high-quality and uncompromising artistic offering.

In connection with the Swedish Ecstasy exhibition, the gala was entirely dedicated to 'Art & Ecstasy' and invited guests to look beyond visible reality. The sensory and spiritual experience was evoked during the gala dinner.  

It was the ideal moment for Bozar to thank patrons, patrons, loyal partners and their guests for their support during a convivial reception and high-profile dinner with the 4-mains signature Isabelle Arpin and Jean Michel Loriers. 

Bozar’s CEO & artistic director Christophe Slagmuylder addressed the guests, together with Isabelle Mazzarra, chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Several artistic performances took place: soprano Sarah Defrise, flutist Géraldine Clément and pianist Florian Noack.

Guests discovered the oldest surviving singing style in Europe: the joik of the Sámi, a Scandinavian nomadic people. Joik means 'to express yourself with song or speech'. Today, joik is one of the most important components of Sámi identity. You learn it at a young age and thus become a member of the Sámi community.

Swedish artist Cecilia Edefalk provided ecstasy with her performance. Like her illustrious predecessors, she interacts with spirits. For instance, she regularly converses with Hilma af Klint and August Strindberg. Especially for this evening, she asked Strindberg for a reaction.

During dinner, guests could participate in an auction of exceptional experiences and objects, organised by Christie's. We ended the evening with a dessert buffet and Nordic DJ set by RIDOE in the Horta Hall.

Many thanks to all participants for their attendance and support, and to all teams who contributed to this special evening.