Paul Dujardin, turned BOZAR into a respected and internationally recognized European cultural hub of the 21st century, attracting around 1 million visitors each year and playing a crucial role as a meeting place for the various international communities established in Belgium and for the European Union. As a growing multidisciplinary institution with almost 400 employees and 200 national and international cultural partners, BOZAR has become an incubator for international artistic initiatives designed to strengthen ties between Europe and other continents and to foster intercultural dialogue. Over the last 10 years, Paul has also been an influential interlocutor between the arts field and policy-makers, trying to promote culture in European policies through numerous projects and debates focusing on certain regions of Europe or the world such as Asia, Brazil, Russia, the Mediterranean, etc., or on specific cross-cutting thematic areas, from European citizenship, to ICT and digital, immigration, diversity, creative industries, education or urban development. Paul has represented the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels in numerous networks, projects and platforms, such as the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), EUNIC, Culture Action Europe, the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), the “Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne” (R.E.M.A.) and ASEMUS – Asia-Europe Museum Network.
photo: Filip Naudts