Tuesday 28 August 2018

Welcome Reception


Venue: Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries - 5 Galerie du Roi - 1000 Brussels

Welcome Reception

On Tuesday 28 August, a welcome reception will take place at the Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries, a stone’s throw from the Radisson Blu Royal and the Grand Place. A relaxing opportunity to kick off the Congress and get to know each other.

A bit of history…

Initiated by the architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer, the spectacular Galeries Royales project took shape in the 1830's. The works, begun in 1846, were almost completed in time for the official opening on 20 June 1847. The gallery included shops, auditoriums, cafés, restaurants and apartments. Right away perceived as the place to be seen for the fashionable, the Royal Galleries of Saint Hubert drew a wide audience, attracted by its luxury brands, elegant cafés and cultural spaces. These included the Théâtre du Vaudeville, the Cinéma des Galeries and the Taverne du Passage, called the Café des Arts until 1892 and the meeting place for painters and writers of the time. The colony of French refugees, like Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Edgar Quinet and others, would also gather there. The Surrealist painters and artists from the Cobra group were regulars at the venue. A commemorative plaque recalls the first showing of the Lumière brothers’ motion picture camera on 1 March 1896, in the former dispatch room of the Chronique daily newspaper (above Pâtisserie Meert, Galerie du Roi). Nowadays, the Galerie du Roi is home to the best chocolate manufacturers and Belgian brands and honours the greatest men and women of art, history, music, the humanities and science.

Dress Code: Business casual

Come and join us for drinks and canapés in one of the most prestigious and historical venues of the Brussels city centre!