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BE17 0016 2443 2021
CANCELED due to the flare-up of the Covid risk and the recent fire at BOZAR
Sure, we decided to maintain our year-end event in Bozar in one form or another, but it had to be called off on the planned date in December following the tightening of the corona measures by the Government. But as they say, postponement does not mean cancellation and we will do our utmost to organize by the beginning of March a New Year’s event at Bozar instead.
March 7th is the tentative date ! We’ll keep you informed via this web page and e-mail messages.
We are planning for musical entertainment (an exclusive piano recital by Mr. Daniel Blumenthal, provided the date of March 7 is maintained), a guided discovery of the interior architecture of the Art Deco building and a ‘start of the year’ drink served by Café Victor.
Some background info about Bozar:
The Centre for Fine Arts (French: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Dutch: Paleis voor Schone Kunsten or PSK ) was completed in 1929 at the instigation of Henry Le Bœuf, a Belgian banker, patron of the arts and music lover (1874–1935), according to the plans by Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta.
Following the First World War, the Belgian Parliament initially denied funding for the plans by Horta. With the founding of the Société du Palais des Beaux-Arts in 1922, the project was revived with several restrictions: the city supplied a very irregular area on the slope between the higher and the lower part of the city; the main facade had to house shopping facilities; and the height of the building was restricted so as not to compromise the King’s view of Brussels’ skyline from the Royal Palace.
It took a decade to complete the complex, which contains a large concert hall, a recital room, a chamber music room, lecture rooms, and a vast gallery for temporary exhibitions. Horta managed to put together this array of different functions on a rather small building plot with restricted conditions, using more than 8 building levels with a large part situated underground.
Since 2002, the Belgian federal intuition has chosen the brand name BOZAR (a homophone of Beaux-arts), which has eight artistic departments: BOZAR Expo, BOZAR Music, BOZAR Cinema, BOZAR Dance, BOZAR Theatre, BOZAR Literature, BOZAR Studios and BOZAR Architecture.
BOZAR is home to the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Société Philharmonique/Philharmonische Vereniging, which invites the world’s major orchestras and performers to appear at Le Boeuf Hall. The finals of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition are also held there.