The Heritage Days were established in France in 1984, when the ‘Open Days’ (Journées Portes Ouvertes) were organised for the first time. It was immediately a great success and the idea was quickly adopted by other countries in Europe. Fifth country to adhere, Belgium launched its heritage Days in 1989. With the Netherlands, Sweden and Malta, our country is one of the pioneers of this great movement which has now been organised in no less than 50 European countries. Today, the Heritage Days have become the biggest cultural event in our country.
Although the three regions each organise the Heritage Days in their own way, the principle is always the same: allowing the greatest possible number of people to discover the gems of our heritage, which often open their doors to the public especially for the occasion.
The great crowds year after year are proof of the format's popularity. The Heritage Days have undeniably helped to raise awareness about heritage preservation in the broad sense of the term. Not only do they allow visitors to admire prestigious monuments, each year they also allow them to visit natural and archaeological sites.
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19 & 20 September 2015 : Workshops, factories and offices - Download brochure
20 & 21 September 2014 : History and memory - Download brochure
15 & 16 September 2007 : Lights and lighting
16 & 17 September 2006 : Body and Mind
17 & 18 September 2005 : Brussels, 175 years of a capital
18 & 19 September 2004 : Modernism - Art Deco
20 & 21 September 2003 : Commerce and trade
14 & 15 September 2002 : Archaeology
15 & 16 September 2001 : Heritage and its professions
16 & 17 September 2000 : 1900-2000 – a century of architecture and town planning
18 & 19 September 1999 : Public art and architecture
19 & 20 September 1998 : Places of celebrations
20 & 21 September 1997 : Groups of buildings
14 & 15 September 1996 : New uses for heritage buildings
16 & 17 September 1995 : Architecture and nature
10 & 11 September 1994 : Work
12 September 1993 : Iron and glass
13 September 1992 : Brussels and neoclassicism
15 September 1991: Brussels between the wars. Brussels garden cities. Theatres in Brussels
09 September 1990 : No specific theme
21 May 1989 : No specific theme