Awards 2020: a haul of prizes for culture

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Every year, the Awards celebrate the cultural and tourist initiatives that have proved a hit in the capital. Among the nine winners this year, four cultural operators were rewarded for their dynamism, sustainability and inventiveness. From nightlife to public initiatives, and including a major exhibition, this winning streak reflects Brussels' eclecticism and creativity.

And it gives us the chance to take you to discover these four places, events and cultural concepts that marked the year. Let's head off on a little tour of the cultural hotspots of the moment...and congratulations to the winners!

In the “Evening Experience 2019” category

Les Nuits sonores & European Lab

Nuits Sonores Brussels 2018 samedi Night 2 Bozar Takeover (c) Brice Robert

In 2019, for the third year in a row, Les Nuits Sonores (co-produced by Bozar and the non-profit Arty Farty Brussels) shook up the nightlife of Brussels. Innovative and urban, this festival throws the spotlight on new talent thanks to an edgy programme that doesn’t shy away from controversy. No fewer than five venues, including Bozar, Kanal and Be-Here, and 30 artists spread the vibe through the capital. This year’s event was backed by an exceptional artist: the iconic Laurent Garnier, whose closing party remains etched in our memories.

in the “Most Noted Exhibition 2019” category 

The world of Bruegel in Black and White

© KBR, photo: creativeroom

Everyone thinks of Bruegel as an internationally renowned painter, but few are familiar with his less well-known prints, which are equally impressive works. “The World of Bruegel in Black and White” offered a unique experience by unveiling a world first: the complete collection of the Flemish master’s prints owned by the KBR.  It was a perfect opportunity to admire the original prints created by the master himself in an exceptional architectural setting:  the Palace of Charles of Lorraine, an 18th-century architectural treasure.

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In the “New Event & Touristic Location 2019” category

Recyclart 2.0

© recyclart Y.A

Recyclart is a multidisciplinary structure that artfully mixes its cultural programme with the social and solidarity-based economy. After it left Brussels-Chapelle station in 2018, the Brussels-Capital Region offered to host the art centre and its workshops in a former printing works on the banks of the Molenbeek Canal. In 2019, the organisation built an industrial-style function hall and bar in record time, as well as a vegetarian restaurant in addition to its offices. Intent on “creating links", Recyclart 2.0 achieves an inimitable atmosphere that draws locals in their droves.

find out about the Recyclart 2.0 programme on

in the “Public Initiative 2019” category

See U (with the support of

Since the spring of 2019, more than 100 cultural entrepreneurs have temporarily taken over the site of the Ixelles barracks, now known as See U, giving it a whole new lease of life. The projects developed at the site by associations and economic, cultural and educational organisations are designed to explore what a social and sustainable future might actually look like. The venue has even become a trendy place to meet up to watch a film or attend a local craft market or concert.

find out about SEE U's programme on

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