What is the Brussels Biennale - Neoclassic (BBN)?
On the traces of neoclassic architecture in Brussels!
The Neo-Classical style can be found all over Brussels, in grand public buildings and more modest private homes, and in statues, streetscapes and parks and open spaces. They all bear witness to the major changes to the cityscape in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However, in many cases they have been abandoned, neglected and submerged in later developments, so that many of us no longer pay attention to them and have allowed them to fade into the background.
The Brussels Biennale - Neoclassic (BBN) aims to promote this often forgotten heritage over two weekends in October, every other year.
At the heart of the festival is a programme of guided tours of Neo-Classical interiors that are not normally open to the public, offering a unique opportunity to (re)discover some hidden architectural gems of Brussels and to put the Neo-Classical style centre stage.
Other activities will support these guided tours: outdoor walking tours, seminars, events for reduced-mobility participants and school groups, etc.
Two weekends to gain an insight into an aspect of the city we often miss in our daily lives.
The second edition of the BBN will take place from 1 to 9 October 2022.
The Brussels Biennale - Neoclassic is organised by Explore.Brussels and its member associations: ARAU, Arkadia, Brussels Chatterguides and Pro Velo.
The founders of this event are: ARAU, the Heritage Services of Schaerbeek and Ixelles, Christophe Loir – Member of the MICM-ARC team (research into mobility, identity and metropolitan culture) at the Free University of Brussels and author of the book "Neo-Classical Brussels: the evolution of an urban space" and Tom Verhofstadt – tour guide specialising in funerary monuments and member of the Cultural Heritage team at Urban.Brussels.
There are several ways to reserve places on the guided tours of interiors:
- Groups can make bookings by clicking on the menu item GROUPS
- Individuals can book one or more packages of pre-booked guided tours at specific times by clicking on the menu item PACKAGES. Please note that the packages cannot be changed after purchase.
- "A la carte" bookings allow you to build a personalised programme from 6 September via the BOOKING tab.
How does it work?
In the online booking system you are required to identify yourself (or to create an account), then to specify the number of people for whom you wish to book places, then the applicable price (full price, reduced price or child under 12). Then you can add the guided tours to your basket. You no longer need to choose the number of guided tours in advance! You will then be asked to confirm your booking and you will receive your tickets by email.
This process, which may appear complicated at first sight, allows you to move more easily from tour to tour and to avoid having to queue at the entrance.
Should you experience difficulties with the system, please contact us.
The most important dates for the different types of bookings will be announced in the "News" section on our homepage, in our newsletters and on social media.
If you choose to create your own "à la carte" programme, you have to specify when you would like to join a guided tour. If you prefer not to do this, you can simply turn up at the entrance of the building on that day and join the queue. If there are any spots left for a guided tour, they will be offered for €12 per person (with some exceptions). So, with a little bit of planning in advance, buying a pass and creating your own programme, you can avoid waiting in a queue on the day of your tour!