Although the presence of both French and Flemish drives a wedge or two through the capital's cultural landscape, it also delivers some advantages. Both Flemish- and French-language authorities inject funds into the arts scene; one notable combined effort is the annual KunstenFESTIVALdesArts (, a contemporary arts festival held in May. A glance at the "What's On" section of weekly English-language news magazine the Bulletin reveals the breadth of the offerings in all categories of cultural life.

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  • 1. BOZAR: Centre for Fine Arts

    Upper Town

    This is the city's principal venue for classical music concerts and dance theater. Originally the first multipurpose arts complex in Europe, it was designed by...Read More

  • 2. WIELS Contemporary Arts Centre

    An excellent gallery housed in the former Wielman Cueppen's brewery building (old copper brewing vats can still be seen in the café area), exhibitions are...Read More

  • 3. ALICE Gallery

    Lower Town

    A hip little gallery located in the city's stylish boutique shopping area, ALICE tends to exhibit artists with a street edge, often mixing up graffiti,...Read More

  • 4. Ancienne Belgique

    Lower Town

    City-center concert hall for mostly rock and pop acts. Tickets can be bought online or at the venue.  ...Read More

  • 5. Beursschouwburg

    Lower Town

    Located in a former brewery, this local music institution is one of the city's biggest pop and rock venues. It also hosts exhibitions, film screenings,...Read More

  • 6. Botanique


    Located in a former botanical garden, this is one of the larger live venues for independent and alt-music, championing local up-and-coming bands as well as...Read More

  • 7. Cinema Nova

    Lower Town

    This nonprofit arts cinema has a lively bar downstairs and the occasional art installation. A well-curated schedule of indie, documentary, and experimental films are often...Read More

  • 8. Cirque Royale

    Lower Town

    A major concert hall that has pop acts, theater, comedy, ballet, and just about anything else you can imagine. The building dates from 1878, and...Read More

  • 9. Flagey

    Large performing arts and cinema center, and the home of the Brussels Philharmonic, who perform regularly in Studio 4....Read More

  • 10. FNAC Ticket Line

    This company sells tickets for major events....Read More

  • 11. Recyclart

    Located in a graffiti-scrawled, abandoned train station, this is Brussels's edgiest multidiscipline arts center. Electro, dub-step, and experimental music nights are held in the main...Read More

  • 12. Xavier Hufkens

    Among the first, and perhaps most successful, of Brussels's private galleries, this offering is firmly contemporary in tone, having played host to works from Antony...Read More

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