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  • © Grand Hornu
  • Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie © Rouppe14
  • © Théâtre National
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How it works How it works

The EUROPALIA team develops each festival with a national team from the guest country, working within a framework agreed with the country’s government and assisted by international culture experts.

The impact of the festival is further enhanced through events organized in parallel by other cultural bodies. Thanks to these collaborations, the festival is able to meet the expectations of both Belgian and international visitors

EUROPALIA has had the opportunity to cooperate with many countries since 1969. This long experience has allowed the association to develop significant expertise in artistic, logistic and financial direction of the festival, but also to ensure reliable partnerships with all major Belgian and European cultural institutions.

EUROPALIA can rely on partnerships with major cultural institutions in Brussels, Belgium and across the borders. These partners host festival events in their infrastructures. The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), major federal museums, the National Theatre in Brussels, the M HKA or deSingel in Antwerp, the MAC’s in Grand-Hornu, the SMAK in Ghent, the Théâtre Royal in Namur, the Théâtre de la Place in Liège, the Bibiliothèque Nationale de France and the Tropentheater in Amsterdam are only a few examples of hundreds of institutions collaborating with the festival.

Furthermore, various museums and specialized institutions collaborate in specific festivals by making their works or knowledge available. Among them: the Louvre Museum in Paris, the British Museum, the Prado Museum, the Kunsthistorische Museum in Vienna, the National Gallery in Prague, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and also the State Hermitage Museum in St-Petersburg.

In addition to these coproduced projects, many more emerge from other cultural actors who offer their own vision on the guest country and in doing so, contribute to the festival.

All these partners seize the opportunity of collaborating in an outstanding artistic event granted by the guest country and benefit from all the advantages of the festival. In doing so, they also commit their management, know-how and audience to the event. This synergy is vital to the festival’s success. 

Most of the editions welcome over one million visitors.

Financing sources

Each festival is co-financed by EUROPALIA and the guest country. This provides the guest country with a unique opportunity to present itself on the European scene with guaranteed artistic and financial collaboration with quality partners.

EUROPALIA enjoys substantial support from the Belgian public sector: the FPS Foreign Affairs, the Belgian Science Policy, the Flemish Government, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Brussels-Capital Region, the German Community and the National Lottery. 

A second source for financing comes from the private sector. Since its creation, the festival has been sponsored by a great number of companies. Among them: long-time partners, companies active in cultural sponsorship or operating in the guest country and media. 

EUROPALIA also generates own earnings: ticket sales, catalogues and merchandising, which ensure perenniality to the festival. 

EUROPALIA’s cultural partners support the guest country with artistic and logistical collaboration.

The guest country

In the guest country, funds for the festival are generally provided by the Ministry of Culture and/or Foreign Affairs or Tourism, but also by states, cities or provinces. The guest country also relies on private sponsorship from companies or foundations.