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Cultural centres

Culture, courses, activities for adults and children, festivals and rooms for hire at the cultural centres for French-, Dutch- and foreign-speakers.
Brussels is a bilingual city where both French and Dutch are spoken. The two linguistic communities each have their own network of cultural centres. That’s why most Brussels communes have two cultural centres – one for each community. But all centres are open to everyone, of course.

The cultural centres run all sorts of cultural and leisure activities for residents, including courses, activities for children and adults, festivals and room hire. They also put together an attractive cultural programme.

For French speakers

  • There are 13 official cultural centres in Brussels (FR). Les Halles de Schaerbeek (FR) has special status as European cultural centre of the French Community.
  • iselp (FR)the Higher Institute for the Study of the Visual Arts Language, is the perfect place to discover and explore contemporary art in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, in Belgium and by international artists. In addition to its exhibitions, ISELP also organises conferences, screenings, symposiums, lectures, guided tours, cultural trips and educational activities.

For Dutch speakers

Student unions for culture

Organisation and promotion of the arts and culture at the ULB
This student union aims to promote the arts and culture to ULB students. The union joins forces with other organisations and student unions at the ULB to organise cultural activities.

Other communities in Brussels

Brussels is a melting pot of different cultures, so many countries and communities organise cultural activities in Brussels and even have their own cultural centre. A selection of these centres is listed below:

You can contact the embassies of foreign countries to find out about their cultural programmes.

Good Brussels deals:

Who to contact:

  • French Community Commission (COCOF)
    Administration des affaires culturelles
    Rue des Palais 42, 1030 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 800 80 00
    Online: www.spfb.brussels/culture-sport (FR)
  • Vlaamse Gemeeschapscommissie (VGC)
    Dienst Culturele Uitstraling
    Boulevard Emile Jacqmain, 135, 1000 Brussels
    Phone: +32 (0)2 563 05 02
    Online: www.vgc.be/cultuur (NL)