— mission and vision

Open perspectives

Since 1969, europalia has been organising biennials that explore and open up perspectives on a country, a theme or social and cultural issues to a wide audience.

Its multidisciplinary programme combines heritage and art, and is the result of an ongoing dialogue between different cultural partners. A great deal of attention is paid to artistic creation and residency projects. Each festival runs for an average of four months, throughout Belgium and in a number of other European countries.


For an open society

Europalia arose in the context of the beginning of European integration, out of the conviction that art could bring Europeans closer together. Art as a unifying factor between people and communities remains a driving force today. Europalia is no longer a biennial just for and by Europeans, but a festival created from a multifaceted approach that reflects and aims for an open and inclusive society.