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1980: Europalia Belgium

EUROPALIA BELGIUM consisted of 1050 events—21 exhibitions, 59 concerts, 638 theatre performances, 47 conferences and debates, and 285 film screenings—and was attended by 1,148,352 visitors and spectators.

The festival was dedicated to Belgium and celebrated the 150th anniversary of its independence.  Through a series of events which highlighted the country's national heritage, the programme focused on the eight countries of the European Communities as well as Belgium itself. These events included exhibitions such as Bruegel, a Dynasty of Painters, Women’s Lives 1830-1980, and Art Nouveau in Belgium.

The music programme was primarily devoted to Belgian productions, and in terms of theatre, around 50 shows painted a picture of both the French- and Dutch-speaking theatre scene.

The EUROPALIA Literary Prize was awarded to Suzanne Lilar (French Literature)  and Ward Ruyslinck (Flemish Literature).

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