Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) (fully booked)
The Brussels Centre for Fine Arts, rebranded ‘Bozar’ in 2003, is a key fixture in the city’s cultural landscape, attracting almost 1,225,000 visitors in 2019. Its extremely wide-ranging programme encompasses music, plastic arts, theatre and dance as well as literature, cinema and architecture. Intended to place Brussels on a par with other major European cities, the Art Deco building was erected between 1922 and 1929 to a design by Victor Horta. The process proved so problematic that the celebrated architect had to go back to the drawing board six times. Various constraints – the nature of the soil, the fact that the site was on a steep slope, the limits placed on the height of the building and the desire for a relatively plain façade – made things very difficult for him. Horta structured the complex, which covers more than one hectare, around the renowned Henry Le Bœuf Hall, a favourite of orchestras the world over. Indeed, the greatest classical orchestras, jazz bands and other groups of musicians have all performed here, as well as artists such as Barbara Hendricks, Roberto Alagna, Cecilia Bartoli and Cesária Évora. The Queen Elisabeth Competition, a famed international contest for musicians, also uses this hall, which has seen many a finalist play or sing over the years. Meanwhile, another highlight of Bozar’s programme is EUROPALIA, an arts festival that runs a series of events focusing on a particular country or a selected topic. And the top-class exhibitions hosted by Bozar, the product of collaborations with the world’s biggest museums, are very popular with their many visitors. (Listed 19/04/1977)
Guided tours: Sat. & Sun. at 14:00 (in French) and at 14:30 (in Dutch).
Sat. & Sun., 14:00 to 16:00
Rue Ravenstein/Ravensteinstraat 23, Brussels
Guided tours and by reservation only