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 Church of St. James on Coudenberg


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.
The Biennial is the successor to the Brussels Neo-Classical weekend held in October 2018.

House of the Arts

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