The BANAD promotes the Art Nouveau and Art Deco architectural heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region. Julien Staszewski, director at Explore.Brussels, comments: ‘This year’s themes are different. We focused on architectural hidden gems and on the Year of Horta, one the most important Belgian Art Nouveau architects. Furthermore, 13 of the presented buildings open their doors to the public for the first time.’
The program consists of the guided tours of interiors, concerts, seminars, shows, a collectors’ fair; activities for families, disabled people and schools. In addition, the organizers created a series of outdoor walking, cycling and coach-guided tours that are available in four languages: Dutch, French, German and English.
What is the price?
While all the activities are free, to visit the interiors you will need a pass. There are two options: 8-tour (€32) and 24-tour (€70) passes. They correspondingly offer eight or 24 guided tours of interiors of your choice and a list of special offers available during the BANAD festival.
It is also possible to participate in the guided tours of interiors without obtaining a pass. Then you would have to buy a ticket for €10 per person at the entrance to the building on the day of the excursion. However, many tours are completely booked in advance and the organizers cannot guarantee the availability of the places.
One of the biggest commitments of the festival is to promote Belgian heritage behind the national borders. Last year 48% of the public was international. The most numerous were French (15%), Dutch (6,5%), British (3,5%) and German (3,5%).
The second edition of the BANAD festival started on Saturday, March 10 and will continue until Sunday, March 25. Julien Staszewski emphasizes: ‘The most important characteristic of this event is that you can discover some private hidden places which are the unknown patrimony. The best advice I can give is to visit a maximum of the presented buildings because you cannot be sure of their longevity.’
Text: Alexandra Rumiantseva, picture: BANAD Brussels