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Festival: Klarafestival

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March 9th - 30th, 2018

Klarafestival is the largest classical music festival in Belgium. It is held every year over a two-week period in March. The home base for the festival is Brussels but there are also concerts held in Antwerp and Bruges. Every year, the absolute top of the (inter)national crop climbs onto the stage of the most prestigious concert halls in the country, including BOZAR, Flagey, Concertgebouw Brugge and deSingel.

Klarafestival strives to be socially relevant and so is built around a topical subject every year. Symphonic concerts are at the heart of Klarafestival together with musical theatre and they showcase tried and true repertoire as well as innovative creations. Often this means bridges to other art disciplines are also built. With a daring, progressive and innovative bill, many performances aim to provide an extraordinary concert experience.

Along with the festival itself in March, Klarafestival also sets up a number of low-threshold projects, targeting a young(er), curious and multicultural audience and ranging from intimate concerts in a nightclub, to a children’s choir, to guided concert visits tailored to the underprivileged. Furthermore, Klarafestival is the only classical music festival in Belgium that is broadcast over the airwaves in full by the European Broadcasting Union, even into the far reaches of Europe!

In addition to broadening its scope, Klarafestival also makes an effort to expand its range. During the festival there are lectures, introductions to concerts, debates and meet & greets. It is all centred on the welcoming Klarafestival café, the ideal place for artist spotting, leafing through newspapers, getting the latest on concerts and listening to the music on the festival’s programme (again).

For full information visit the Klarafestival website.

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