BOZAR Night: The best of both worlds

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Getting your groove on to quality electronic music is your thing, but you equally like an occasional museum visit? Well, we have some news for you! BOZAR, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, presents a new edition of one of its showpieces - BOZAR Night. The formula for the event is a well-known one: On various nights during the year, the magnificent BOZAR halls are transformed to night clubs, where you can dance the night away listening to quality electronic acts, while also visiting top notch exhibitions. Pierre de Muelenaere & Marc Jacobs, responsible for putting together the music lineup, were so kind to enlighten us and gave us some more info on the next BOZAR Night, April 30. 

Hi Pierre & Marc, what can we expect from this year from BOZAR Night?

"Well, it’s simple: twice a year, we’re creating a massive art celebration with more qualitative electronic music and high-level art exhibitions."

How will the next edition relate to the previous one?

"Since 2017, we decided to re-focus the BOZAR Night its core DNA: a huge party until 3AM, plus full access to all the BOZAR exhibitions until 1AM. The Horta Hall is a giant dancefloor that brings together thousands of people dancing on electronic music, provided by the best DJs and producers. The second room offers a more adventurous take on current electronic music. After already having invited Amelie Lens, Ellen Allien, and Paula Temple, we now have asked Magda and Chloe to bless the dancefloor. Magda has been in the scene for many years, and offers her very personal musical view on Detroit techno. Chloe is a versatile producer and DJ, who blends a vast variety of genres. Elegance and danceable are important keywords."

But it’s not only about big international acts, right?

"Indeed! We also like to present upcoming local talent. The last edition featured DC Salas, and this time we have Haring playing a DJ-set. A small lead-up to his live show at Les Nuits Botaniques 2018. Furthermore, we have local talents Liyo from the fantastic HE4RTBROKEN collective and Monolithe Noir, who recently played Eurosonic 2018. Next to the electronic club sound, we also like to present beat-oriented music that stems from the underground or a more experimental scene. Kyoka from Japan (Raster Noton) will headline the second room at the next edition."

BOZAR Night has always been about a crossover mix between music and art exhibitions. Which special projects can we expect in this field?

"We are especially excited to offer ‘Beauty is Everywhere’, by Fernand Léger. It’s the long-awaited major retrospective of one of modern art's most famous artists. Initially, he was in training to become an architect before becoming a painter, but Léger developed his own vision of cubism after discovering Cézanne in the early years of the 20th century in Paris. He is very influenced by the urban landscape, which is his favorite environment. Fernand Léger’s works very well with electronic music. His representation of a fragmented, syncopated rhythmic and fast-moving society will blend in smoothly with the repetitive sounds we have to offer. Léger wanted to make his work accessible to everybody. As each of the last two BOZAR Night editions gathered 3500 people, we think Léger would have been happy to see so much young people enjoy his work! With about 100 works of art and a vast selection of archive documents, this retrospective is appropriately called ‘Beauty is Everywhere’. But for one night only, let’s call it ‘Party is Everywhere’. High time to secure your presale ticket!"

BOZAR Night takes place at BOZAR, Brussels, on Monday, April 30 (May 1 is a bank holiday). Tickets cost €10 (presale, €15 ATD). For the full lineup, tickets and more information, head over to its website

Have a look below at the latest edition's aftermovie to get an idea of what to expect on this unique night. Or, just head over to BOZAR Night's Spotify playlist for some grade-A electronic indulgence.

See you there!