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Professional Visits: Brussels

Discover 4 professional visits in the capital of Belgium

Published onMay 23, 2024
Professional Visits: Brussels
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There are 4 professional visits offered in Brussels. It is possible to visit VRT or KBR in the morning and visit CINEMATEK or the Flemish Parliament in the afternoon.

Table of contents

Morning

Afternoon

Brussels | VRT / Flemish Radio & Television Broadcasting Company 

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Time: 10am - 11.30am

Length of visit: 1.5 hours

What to expect

Radio, television, and online platforms play an important role in our daily lives. VRT, the Flemish Radio & Television Broadcasting Company and co-organiser of iPRES2024, offers you a unique look behind the scenes of daily broadcasting. Virtual reality (VR) and virtual studios are the future at VRT. Moreover, VRT is undergoing a major relocation operation, scheduled for completion in 2026, when it will move into a new building. This transition entails a new way of working, updated data architecture, and revised archiving processes. We hope to provide you with a sneak peek of these developments in September.

How to get there

Auguste Reyerslaan 52, 1043 Brussel

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VRT is located in Brussels and can easily be reached by car or public transport. Coming by train from Ghent, use of public transport (bus 63) at the Central Station in Brussels is recommended. From here, it takes about 30 minutes to get to VRT.

Accessibility

This visit is wheelchair accessible.


Brussels | KBR/Royal Library of Belgium

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Time: 9.30am - 12am

Length of visit: 2.5 hours

What to expect

KBR, the Royal Library of Belgium, is the national scientific library. It collects all Belgian publications and preserves, manages and studies an extensive cultural and historical heritage. It provides the public with access to information, facilitates research and offers a broad cultural experience. The collections of KBR comprise engraved plates (chalcography), coins and medals, contemporary printed books, digital collections, manuscripts, maps and plans, musical heritage, newspapers, prints and drawings and rare books.

During the guided tour behind the scenes you will learn more about the inner workings of KBR as a national library. A special visit will be organised to DIGIT, the Digitisation Department. KBR has been digitising its collections for over a decade, not only for preventive conservation purposes, but also for the online dissemination of these collections.

How to get there

Kunstberg 28, 1000 Brussel

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You can easily travel to Brussels-Central railway station from Ghent. KBR is only a 5-minute walk from Brussels-Central railway station.

Detailed info and other options on how to get there: https://www.kbr.be/en/how-to-get-here/

Accessibility

The building, the KBR museum and all reading rooms are wheelchair accessible.


Brussels | CINEMATEK/Royal Film Archive of Belgium

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Time: 1pm - 2.30pm (TBC)

Length of visit: 1.5 hours

What to expect

With one of the largest and most eclectic film collections in the world, the Royal Belgian Film Archive navigates between the artistic expression of authors-filmmakers, accessible entertainment for a wide audience and scientific research with a historical and social slant.

The operation of CINEMATEK can be distinguished into three domains: an archival function (the sustainable conservation of our entire collection), an investigative function (promoting research based on this collection) and a public function (programming for the public). Together, these three domains form the entire field on which the Royal Belgian Film Archive plays.

How to get there

Baron Hortastraat 9, 1000 Brussels

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You can easily reach the location by public transport or by car. Very close to the Brussel-Central train station.

Accessibility

This visit is not wheelchair accessible.


Brussels | Vlaams Parlement/Flemish Parliament

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Time: 1pm - 3pm

Length of visit: 2 hours

What to expect

The Flemish Parliament, located in the heart of Brussels, is the hub of democratic decision-making in Flanders. This institution represents and promotes the interests of all Flemish people, with 124 parliamentarians committed to legislation and policy that benefits the region. As a beacon of participation and transparency, the Flemish Parliament strives to realise an inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future for Flanders.

Discover the secrets of the Flemish Parliament with our exclusive guided tour! Immerse yourself in the dynamics of parliamentary operations in the impressive Dome Hall, admire a treasure trove of contemporary Flemish art from top artists, and explore the hidden world of our historical archive bunkers. A unique blend of politics, art, and history awaits you, perfect for an unforgettable experience. Don't miss this opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the heart of Flemish democracy.

How to get there

Bezoekerscentrum (visitor centre), Ijzerenkruisstraat 99, 1000 Brussel

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You can easily reach the location by public transport. In just 15 minutes, you can walk to the Flemish Parliament from the Brussel-Central train station.

If you’re joining after a morning visit to the VRT, please find some directions below:

  • STIB/MIVB: Stop at Meiser Square, take bus 63 direction Central Station to the Drukpers stop. Stop at Opal, take bus 29 direction De Brouckère to the Drukpers stop. Consult the STIB/MIVB website for the timetable or download the app.

  • De Lijn: Stop at Schaerbeek, take bus 358 Lebrun to the Sint-Joost-ten-Node Madou stop. Consult the De Lijn website for the timetable or download the app.

Accessibility

This visit is wheelchair accessible. Please inform us in advance, so the organisers can prepare.

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