COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Belgium/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.2 Basic data about selected public institutions in the cultural sector

Flemish Community

Table 6:    Cultural institutions financed by public authorities, by domain

Domain

Cultural institutions (subdomains)

Number (Year)

Trend (++ to --)

Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage sites (recognised)

 

 

 

Museums (organisations)

17

 

 

Archives (of public authorities)

9

 

Visual arts

public art galleries / exhibition halls

23

 

 

Art academies (or universities)

(7 + 1)°°

 

Performing arts

Symphonic orchestras

4°°°

 

 

Music schools

96°°°°

 

 

Music / theatre academies
(or universities)

(5 + 2)*
(3 + 2)*

 

 

Dramatic theatre

45 **

 

 

Music theatres, opera houses

9** + 2***

 

 

Dance and ballet companies

13** + 1

 

Books and Libraries

Libraries

320

 

Audiovisual

Broadcasting organisations

 

 

Interdisciplinary

Socio-cultural centres / cultural houses

64
32****

 

Other (please explain)

 

 

 

° This number includes museums for contemporary art (4), exhibition halls (‘Kunsthalle’) (9) and small spaces (10), structurally subsidized by the Flemish government. One of the exhibition halls included in this number does not reside under Flemish, but under Belgian cultural policy.

°° The first number indicates the number of institutions that offer bachelors and masters in the visual arts. The second number represents institutions for advanced studies.

°°° Three symphonic orchestras are supported by the Flemish government, one resides under the Belgian cultural policy.

°°°° Music schools for children and non-professionals.

* The first number indicates the number of institutions that offer bachelors and masters in music or performing arts (theatre and or dance). The second number represents institutions for advanced studies in music, theatre or dance.  

** This number indicates the amount of theatre, music theater or dance producing companies structurally subsidized by the Flemish government through the decree of the arts. Some of these organizations have their own infrastructure; some do not.

*** One of the opera houses belongs to the Flemish cultural infrastructure; one opera house resides under the Belgian cultural policy.

**** This number indicates the amount of arts centres and workspaces structurally subsidized by the Flemish government through the decree of the arts. Some of these organizations have their own infrastructure; some do not.

French Speaking Community of Belgium

The list of cultural institutions is included in chapter 7.3.

In 2013, the General Affairs of Culture were granting a budget with several separate programs:

  • cultural centres;
  • "Various initiatives and interventions", with essentially the grant of multidisciplinary operators or operators in digital arts; and
  • the program «Subsistence” dedicated to the non-commercial sector and to the operating costs for the buildings (in particular the cultural center Marcel Hicter, near Namur).

Chapter published: 02-12-2014

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