ICLEI European Convention 2011 - Cities in Europe 2020 - Enhance sustainability now

 ICLEI European  Convention 

12-14 September 2011 
Brussels, Belgium 

BOZAR – Centre of Fine Arts

The BOZAR, Centre of Fine Arts, is a cultural venue in the heart of the Brussels, Belgium. The BOZAR which opened its doors in 1928 includes a cinema, a concert hall which serves as the home for the National Orchestra of Belgium, exhibition and conference space.

Victor Horta's, the architect of the centre, ambitious aim was to combine three different challenges: to construct a building that would meet the needs of different disciplines while still preserving its own architectural cogency, to host all different forms of art and finally to make art accessible to as many people as possible, free of elitism but without lowering standards.

For more information, we invite you to visit the BOZAR official website

If you want to learn more about the greening initiatives implemented by BOZAR click here

How to reach BOZAR:

1) From the National Brussels Airport (Zaventem), up to four trains per hour run from the airport to Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi stations. Travel time is about 30 minutes. (See point 3 if you get off at “Gare du Midi”). The quicker option is to get off at “Gare Central”, look for rue Ravenstein, the entrance to the venue is building number 23.

2) From Charleroi airport (for budget airlines), take the shuttle bus from the airport to the main train station “Gare du Midi”. Journey time is about 60 minutes.

3) From the main train station (Gare du Midi), take the metro, either the blue line/n. 6 or the orange line/n. 2, in the direction of “Simonis (Elisabeth)”, change at “Arts-Loi/Kunst Wet” and continue with either the yellow line/n. 5 or the purple line/n. 1 in the direction of “Gare de l’Ouest/Erasme”. Exit at metro stop “Gare Central". Take exit number 1 and on the right hand side you will find rue Ravenstein. The entrance is building number 23.

4) From the city centre (De Brouckere) the easiest way to reach the Bozar is by taking the metro, either the yellow line/n. 5 or the purple line/n. 1, in the direction of “Stokkel/Hermann”, and getting off at “Gare Central”. Take exit number 1 and on the right hand side you will find rue Ravenstein. The entrance is building number 23.


Egmont Palace

How to reach Egmont Palace:

1) From the Bozar the palace is a 10 minute walk. Walk up rue Ravenstein until you arrive at Place Royale, take the first street on the right called rue de la Régence and continue walking until you reach a square called Petite du Sablon. The entrance of the venue is on your left side.

2) From the National Brussels Airport (Zaventem), up to four trains per hour run from the airport to “Gare du Midi”. The journey time is around 30 minutes. (See point 4)

3) From Charleroi airport (for budget airlines), take the shuttle bus from the airport to the main train station “Gare du Midi”. Journey time is around 60 minutes. (See point 4)

4) From the main train station (Gare du Midi), take the metro, either the blue line/n. 6 or the orange line/n. 2, in the direction of “Simonis (Elisabeth)” until “Louise/Louiza”. Leave the metro at exit number 3 and take rue des Quatre Bras. Walk to rue de la Régence, then continue walking until you reach a square called Petite du Sablon. It is building number 8.

5) From the city centre (De Brouckere), the easiest way to reach Egmont Palace is by taking the bus. Take bus number 95 in Boulevard Anspach (at Place Fontainas), in the direction of “Heiligenborre” and get off at “Petit Sablon”. The building will be just in front of you.

Alternatively, you can take the metro, either the yellow line/n. 5 or the purple line/n. 1, in the direction of “Stockel/Hermann”. Exit at metro stop “Gare Central". Take exit number 1 and on the right side you will find rue Ravenstein, walk until you arrive at Place Royale and once there take the first street on the right called rue de la Régence. Continue walking until you reach a square called Petite du Sablon. The entrance of the venue is on the other side of the square.


Parallel session venues

On Tuesday 13 September 2011 smaller theme-based discussions will take place in parallel sessions hosted by a mixture of ICLEI Members and European partners.

This innovative structure, that breaks from the traditional one venue format, gives participants a first-hand look at where local governments operate, providing a greater insight into the structure of international local governance in Brussels.

ICLEI would like to thank all parallel session hosts for making this important contribution to the European Convention 2011.