Discover Brussels’ Art nouveau during the BANAD Festival
For the seventh year in row the Brussels Art Nouveau Art Deco Festival (BANAD)kicks off. Between 11 and 26 March, visitors can (re)discover exceptional Art Nouveau and Art Deco places in Brussels.
The Festival will offer guided tours of private interiors, as well as conferences, family activities, inclusive walks, concerts, an Object Fair, a Restaurant Fair. The 2023 edition of BANAD will end on 26 March with cabaret by the Golden Age Society, which promises to immerse visitors in the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties. The festival aims to be inclusive, with tours in several languages - including sign language - as well as tours adapted for people with reduced mobility.
Each weekend will be devoted to a certain area of the capital in order to facilitate the discovery of several places in the same district. Visitors will be able to visit some fifty remarkable places that are usually closed to the public. Among those places are this year Villa Pelseneer (in the commune of Uccle), Pieper hotels (Ixelles, photo) and Waxweiler (Schaerbeek), Centre Scolaire du Souverain (in Auderghem) and houses Homen de Macédo (Schaerbeek), Overloop (Woluwe-Saint Lambert), De Roy (Woluwe-Saint Lambert) and Van Waesberghe (Brussels), as well as the Anciennes Papeteries De Ruysscher (Brussels).
The Tassel Hotel is one of the treasures that the Brussels Art Nouveau Art Deco Festival is offering to discover during the second weekend of March. Designed in 1893 by Ghent architect Victor Horta for his colleague at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Professor Emile Tassel, the Tassel Hotel (photo) is considered the first manifestation of Art Nouveau in the capital, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The design is revolutionary, as is the combination of iron, cast iron and glass, which opens up the building to the surrounding nature while at the same time drawing inspiration from its beautiful lines.
You can find all the information and the complete programme of the Brussels Art Nouveau Art Deco Festival on its website www.banad.brussels.
Hotel Tassel by Victor Horta for the Belgian scientist and professor Emile Tassel. It is generally considered as the first true Art Nouveau building, because of its highly innovative plan and its groundbreaking use of materials and decoration. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. © BELGA PHOTO