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Built in 1928 by architect Victor Horta, the Centre for Fine Arts draws together all art forms under the same roof: visual arts, music, theater, literature, ballet and an assortment of temporary exhibits. The world-famous Henri Le Bœuf Hall is a concert hall boasting impressive acoustics. The Film Museum is housed in the basement. There are 15 societies funded by this museum, including the Europalia Society and the Festival of Flanders. These associations guarantee that the center is filled with continuous events.
Théâtre de la Clarencière was founded by local performance arts aficionados making for a unique experience for visitors. It hosts not only plays, but poetry recitals, conferences and more. Their varied schedule for the season can be found on their website, so check out what they have in store!
This old theater housed in what was once the guildhall of local market vendors is located near the stock exchange. After WWII, the building was renovated and eventually turned into a modern, soundproof concert hall. Its famous performers have included The Clash, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lou Reed, among others. Every year dozens of concerts take place in the AB, as the hall is locally known.
Since Gerard Mortier became its director in 1981 (he now heads the Salzburger Festspiele), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie has returned to the spotlight. Under the direction of his successor, renowned organist Bernard Foccroule, the theater is now considered one of the most exciting opera houses in the world. Opera here is indeed a spectacle! It also boasts a lovely bookstore where you can purchase CDs, souvenirs, as well as books.
Walking through Brussels, you're bound to stumble upon the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, a stately 19th Century building. Now managed by director Franz Marijnen, KVS has become one of the best theater groups in the country, presenting modern plays as well as classics. Performances are in Dutch. For the schedule and information about reserving a ticket, visit the website.
Sparkling after its renovation and fully equipped with modern technology, the Auditorium Jacques Brel is an important gathering point for entertainment in Brussels. Be it performing arts, business conferences, theater, cultural events, concerts, dance shows, meetings or exhibitions, the auditorium is replete with all the facilities one would need for showcasing or organizing events. The seating capacity is 840, and its notable features include its expansive stage, translation services, large projection screen, hi-speed internet connections, and complete high-tech audiovisual equipment.