Brussels in the Roaring Twenties
Immerse yourself in the Brussels of the Roaring Twenties for a day of historical, architectural, and musical discoveries. We have a very special programme in store for you:
2pm - 3.30pm
Enjoy a relaxed walk around Ixelles with historian Paul Snel. He will take you back in time to the Roaring Twenties and guide you through the beautiful architecture and history of that era.
3.30pm - 5pm
Come back to our beautiful House for a little break and delicious snack. Tea/coffee and cake will be available from the bar.
5pm - 6.30pm
In the afternoon, let Brussels-based conductor and scholar Luc Vertommen take you on a musical journey back to the Roaring Twenties. Cultural life buzzes in Brussels and artists seek experimentation and the rise of new media. Luc tells the story of how he unlocked a forgotten repertoire from this period and draws parallels with other modern artists in Brussels like Ensor and Horta.
6.30pm - 8pm
Finish the day with a nice chat over a drink - our bar will be open.
Join us for a fascinating day!
Paul Snel is a historian from the universities of Oxford and London. He has been based in Brussels for over ten years and fell in love with the city, frequently offering guided tours and visits with his Walkers and Talkers groups to explore various themes, areas, and exhibitions. He also ventures beyond Brussels, notably in Italy with tours in Florence, the Tuscan towns, Bologna, and Venice.
Dr. Luc Vertommen has immersed himself full-time in the world of band music as a brass teacher, player, conductor, arranger and writer. He conducts the Hauts-de-France Brass Band (France) and Brassband Rijnmond (Holland) and is head of music school in Deurne (Antwerp). He can be heard on more than 40 highly acclaimed CD recordings and obtained the International Buma Brass Award 2014 for his international work within the band movement. He recently unearthed many pages of original music by Belgian composers and his interest for the future is shown in his collaboration with many contemporary composers.