The Les Brigittines Arts Centre, consisting of the Chapel (1663) in an Italian-Flemish Renaissance style, and its contemporary copy in glass and steel (2007) designed by Italian architect Andrea Bruno, accommodates two performance halls, a rehearsal room, lodges, offices, technical rooms and a reception hall for the visiting public.
Throughout the season, the Chapel will be hosting performances and concerts in an extraordinary setting. The grandstand is fully collapsible, offering different possibilities: a completely empty space or a more traditional concert setup. With the seating unfolded, the Chapel can accommodate 187 spectators.
The Mezzo hall
The Mezzo hall is situated on the second floor of Les Brigittines. As the building is a chapel that boasts a very high ceiling, and has great historical and architectural value, an alternative had to be sought for the artists as the space was also very sensitive to city noises. A search culminated in the box-in-the-box concept for this Mezzo hall, which is an austere and soundproof space. The collapsible grandstand seats 94 spectators.
Hidden behind the auditorium's retractable rear wall is a beautiful view of the city.
The Studio is a rehearsal room located on the building’s fourth floor, overlooking the city. Occasionally, the space serves as a concert hall for smaller groups of up to 40 people.
We have named the space between the Chapel and the reception hall the Intermezzo. This hallway to the upper floors features an impressive Lombard clock dating from 1910, which forms part of the artwork L'Isola del Silenzio, an installation created by Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani and presented at Les Brigittines in 2006.
The Hall with its bar and ticket counter is the meeting place for artists and spectators. Open every performance evening.
All our rooms are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The Les Brigittines rooms are available for hire.
The Residence of Les Visitandines
Les Brigittines also looks after seven residences located next to the Chapel, on Visitandinestraat. They are intended for artists, who stay there for short periods of time. Even though artists who reside as guests of Les Brigittines take precedence, the residences are also available for rental. More info can be found in the Artists' residences section.
The Akarova Garden
The Akarova Garden, the green space located next to the Residence of the Visitandines, is open to the public Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 6pm. For several years, the garden has been hosting projects driven by residents, cooperatives and associations, such as planting projects, maintaining vegetable patches and compost and use of the bread oven.