Brussels Cruise Terminal (BCT)
Thanks to the Brussels Cruise Terminal, which opened in April 2018, Brussels finally has a dedicated terminal for river cruises. It was developed as part of the Canal Plan by the Port of Brussels, with the collaboration of the Brussels-Capital Region, the City of Brussels, Brussels Mobility and Visit Brussels. The project received funding from the European Union ERDF and puts Brussels on the map of European river cruise networks for this an increasingly popular form of tourism. The Brussels Cruise Terminal is well integrated into its urban environment; the Port wanted the terminal to be permanently open to the public and linked to the green promenade in Neder-Over-Heembeek. A walkway stretches over the river, allowing residents and strollers to see the arrival of ships over 100 metres long, often with several hundred cabins on board.
Extension of the Toone Theatre
The Toone Theatre is expanding. The curtain opens on the new extension of the Toone Royal Theatre, the famous puppet theatre nestled in the heart of the capital's historical centre. Three houses adjacent to the theatre have been completely renovated by Beliris, the federal teams serving Brussels, to the delight of folklore lovers who will be able to enjoy a larger museum and a view of the puppet making and repair workshop. This transformation has benefited from the intervention of craftsmen and specialists to preserve the heritage as best as possible and guarantee precise work. The renovation work was completed in November 2018. Beliris has been working for 25 years to promote Brussels as a national and international capital. In 2018, Beliris celebrated this unique anniversary and this project highlights the effort led by teams of specialists over the past 25 years.
KANAL - Centre Pompidou
KANAL - Centre Pompidou, the future Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, is located in the 35,000m² of the former Citroën garage in Brussels. Pending the start of renovation works, which are scheduled to end in 2022-2023, KANAL opened its doors on 5 May for a 13-month preview. In collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, the public will be able to discover this mythical building through several exhibitions, large installations, ten new creations by Brussels artists and a programme of live shows.
Renovation of the Jacques Brel Foundation: 40 years of archives
Since it opened in Brussels in 1981, the Fondation Jacques Brel has organised exhibitions, edited works and welcomed the public, all completely independently. Driven by a desire to pass on information to future generations, it collects, inventories and digitises a large number of archives linked the artist's life and work. Thanks to the development of new technologies, forty years after Jacques Brel's death the Fondation Brel team, in fully renovated premises, can now present to the public part of its archives, organised, presented and displayed according to four different activities: Brel the singer, Brel the author, Brel the actor and With Brel in Brussels, so visitors can discover the many facets of the man and the talent of the artist that was Brel.
The Fondation wants everyone to feel welcome, whether they are tourists passing through Brussels or great connoisseurs of Brel's work.
Foundation Frison Horta
Foundation Frison Horta, created in Januray 2018, is an Organic, Living bridge between East and West, aiming to revive Heritage, Culture and Fine Craftsmanship of a "By-Gone Era" through restoration, preservation and sharing which is also the philosophy of the Foundation. Open to the public for the first time in History since 1894, it is a discovery of a hidden jewel, a historical landmark.
The recent complete restoration of the winter garden is a historic moment which stands as an extraordinary example of a Time Capsule of Horta with its original furniture and Art Decorative, making it a living museum connecting the past & present to the future in waking up this sleeping beauty, a renaissance.
The Foundation is a cultural institution centre for Art and an alive cultural platform conveying the Heritage-Tale of Brussels to a global audience while bringing back the soul of Horta as a national identity.
Palace is a new cinema complex in the heart of Brussels, at the junction of the pedestrian district, the Flemish district, the multicultural Lemonnier district, Boulevard Anspach and the tourist areas of Bourse and the Grand Place. Palace intends to offer a programme of films that is rich and eclectic, like the residents of the district in which it is located. The building acts as a link between the different districts of Brussels city centre and has three different entrances: Boulevard Anspach, Borgval and Rue Van Praet. Different settings and atmospheres allow it to be part of the cultural and hospitality boom in its neighbourhood. Palace has three separate functions: cinema screens, a restaurant and meeting/reception areas. Its aim is to be both fun and educational.
“Ouvrir la Maison” – Inauguration of the restored Maison des Arts
The Maison des Arts or “House of the Arts” is first and foremost a residence, built in 1826 for a wealthy cloth merchant. In the 1950s, it was bought by the municipality of Schaerbeek, which renamed it "La Maison des Arts". It is now managed by the cultural service which has its offices there; the MA is dedicated to visual arts, primarily contemporary arts, with exhibitions that are in harmony with the venue. The Maison des Arts also attracts those who enjoy heritage. At 192 years of age, this noble residence deserved to be restored and returned to its full charm. After almost a year of restoration work on the ground floor, the MA reopened its doors and inaugurated its new spaces to great fanfare at the end of November 2018! The programme comprised a festive weekend for everyone, with exhibitions, guided visits, a DJ evening, children's events and a dinner in the salons.
CityGate is the major urbanisation project of the Cureghem & Biestebroeck districts. While awaiting the completion of the 7-year building project, the Studio CityGate is creating the contours and longevity of this new district and will offer the municipality a cultural and social project that its part of an extraordinary industrial heritage. Studio CityGate opened to the public in November 2018 and welcomes creatives, entrepreneurs and associations that can awaken the essence of this venue full of opportunities. The Studio is located at a crucial point between the very mixed Cureghem district and the future Biestebroeck development. Studio CityGate is a new cultural, social and creative "hub" that opened in a 22,000 m² former factory.
Huberty Breyne Gallery
In September 2017, Alain Huberty and Marc Breyne inaugurated a new venue entirely dedicated to comic strip arts. Their aim is to create a real venue for exchanges, meetings and artistic dialogue. In addition to a programme packed with exhibitions on the great names from Comic Strip and contemporary art, the gallery hopes to become a laboratory for "graphic arts" (exhibitions, performances, conferences and more). This multi-functional cultural venue in the heart of the young and dynamic Châtelain district, will be fully open to the public so that as many people as possible can enjoy its full programme of artistic events. The building on Place de Châtelain is an essential link that will boost a sector whose potential has not yet been fully exploited in a nation which has nevertheless made it a source of national price.