THE WALLONIA-BRUSSELS FEDERATION – PROMOTING BRUSSELS
"Promoting Brussels" has been appointed to Minister Rachid Madrane, whose mission it is to promote Brussels both nationally and internationally. Among many events that aim to spread a positive image of the Belgian capital, once a year, "Promoting Brussels" exports Brussels and its talents to other European capitals or cities, highlighting a specific discipline. After focusing on contemporary art in Paris in 2016, this second edition will be celebrating contemporary dance in Berlin.
visit.brussels is the agency in charge of promoting tourism and culture in the Brussels capital region. Its mission is to promote Brussels' rich cultural life and tourism heritage. As part of its activities, visit.brussels organises a series of events aimed at publicising and stimulating Brussels’ image both nationally and abroad. The agency organised the Indiscipline contemporary art festival in 2016 at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. It is also ensuring the implementation of RADIKAL, Dance from Brussels at RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin.
The Beursschouwburg is a cross-curricular art centre located in the heart of Brussels. It proposes plays, shows, films, concerts, exhibitions, debates, and festivals, but also offers a place to simply share a drink in its BeursKafee.
The Beursschouwburg is appreciated for being a place that offers a platform to young and innovative artists. Here, they are given a place to think and exhibit, to eliminate and rework their proposals, in an ongoing dialogue with the people of Brussels who are open to creation and discussion. The Beursschouwburg is a creative hearth - a place where art is served while it's still hot. A place that allows artists to participate in programming. Where there is more in life than art. Where games, celebration, meetings and madness are all part of the dance.
The Centre for Contemporary Art Movement of the city of Brussels is a welcoming venue devoted to conviviality, to discovering new approaches to drama, delving into powerful, unique universes, and to following artists who tackle the present head on in order to re-enchant reality.
Les Brigittines presents a season's worth of creations, residencies and laboratories, a yearly International Festival, outreach work with the Marolles neighbourhood in the centre of Brussels, and international exchanges. ©Pierre Wachholder
Its programme is essentially geared towards choreographic works which, in the odd, open melting pot of Brussels, are a sign of its liberated and stimulating inspiration.
HALLES DE SCHAERBEEK
A turbulent place, the Halles have incorporated their independence into the heart of Brussels, the capital of Europe, and into a metal and glass structure that was built in 1901 and has been superbly renovated.
Open to contemporary hopes and upheavals, from its neighbourhood to the great world beyond, its aim is to achieve the best in a Europe that is still seeking its destiny: to explore new passions and pursue adventure, while giving style as much freedom as possible.
Alongside more traditional programming, the Halles develop atypical rhythms over the course of long weekends, creating projects that go beyond the strict scope of live entertainment. The Halles also offer their own productions, including those of the four companies that are associated with the Halles.
KAAITHEATERThe Kaaitheater presents, produces and co-produces local and international performing arts productions: from the 1980s to the present, from repertoire to experimental, from small theatre to large. In a world of curators and one-off hits, the Kaaitheater offers artists long-term commitment.
In the conviction that art is important to man’s well-being, we make a point of relating to society. In Brussels’ canal district, where we see all the world’s issues in a nutshell, artists imagine and model the city of the future.
RADIALSYSTEM V is a space for possibilities and innovation, for experimental and top-notch dialogue. In 2006, RADIALSYSTEM V opened its doors as a new creative space for the arts in Berlin. The name of the historical building, formerly a pumping station, indicates the direction the house seeks to follow as a cultural platform where ideas 'radiate' out in all directions and across boundaries.
Working with artists, ensembles, and other partners, RADIALSYSTEM V strives to develop genre spanning, innovative artistic formats, by setting them into practice. Various art forms meet in the creative process, inspiring one another, with special emphasis placed on contemporary dance and early music. As an event location, renowned on the international stage this unique building on the banks of the Spree serves as the impetus for social and artistic change. Its flexible and multifaceted building, which boasts generously sized rooms, intimate studios, a large sun deck and a terrace along the Spree, is ideal for creative artistic formats as well as upscale conferences, symposia and media productions.
SASHA WALTZ & GUESTS
The Sasha Waltz & Guests company was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles – architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers and dancers – from 25 countries have collaborated as guests on over 80 productions, dialogue projects, and films.
Sasha Waltz & Guests works in an international and constantly evolving network of production and guest performance partners, showing parts of its current repertoire of 20 pieces in approximately 70 performances around the globe each year. In Berlin, the company cooperates with a wide range of institutions such as municipal theatres, opera houses and museums and has contributed to the establishing of innovative production sites for artistic dialogue such as Sophiensaele (1997) and RADIALSYSTEM V, Space for Arts & Ideas (2006).
For 2013, its anniversary year, the company was named a European Cultural Ambassador by the European Union. Most recently, Sasha Waltz & Guests was awarded the George Tabori Ehrenpreis 2014 by the Fonds Darstellende Künste. Sasha Waltz & Guests is supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the State of Berlin.