Cultural products

Cinema from Wallonia and Brussels is internationally recognised, with double Cannes Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Marion Hansel, Jaco Van Dormael, Bouli Lanners and Joachim Lafosse.

Benoît Poelvoorde, Déborah François, Olivier Gourmet, Cécile de France, Natacha Régnier, Jonathan Zaccaï have also established themselves as safe bets.

One very beneficial incentive (the Tax shelter) sustains investment (including overseas investment) in Belgian cinema. Organisations such as Wallonie-Bruxelles Image (which promotes productions from Wallonia and Brussels at foreign festivals and markets) and Wallimage (financial fund) help to sustain the cinematography industry Numerous specialist companies can also bring their expert skills to audio-visual creations throughout the production chain. These companies are united within the Twist cluster.

Song, rock, dance and the Wallonia-Brussels theatre are well known on international stages and at major festivals, thanks to Saule, Ghinzu, Charleroi/Danses and Fabrice Murgia. But the jazz players are not to be outdone by Eric Legnini, Philip Catherine and Steve Houben.

In terms of classical music, formations such as the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera of Wallonia, offer a varied programme of international renown which often tours abroad.

Le Chat by Philippe Geluck regales fans of the absurd and is up there as a worthy successor to Tintin, Spirou, Gaston Lagaffe and the Smurfs.

The art market has created its own stars: Michel François, Patrick Corillon, Ann Veronica Janssens and Pierre Alechinsky continue to fascinate their fans. Marcel Broodthaers is the symbolic father of the works of contemporary artists. Jacques Charlier is as entertaining as ever.

Architecture, design and fashion are earning a growing reputation, thanks to Pierre Hebbelinck, Philippe Samain, Xavier Lust, Alain Berteau and Jean-Paul Lespagnard.

All the artists in Wallonia-Brussels are happy to appear on international scenes or to exhibit anywhere in the world.

For your reference: the website of agencies responsible for making cultural networks international

Music www.wbm.be
Theatre/dance www.wbtd.be
Cinema http://www.wbimages.be
Design/fashion: http://www.wbdm.be (with a database of fashion creatives and designers)
Architecture: http://www.wbarchitectures.be (with a database of architects)