Leen De Spiegelaere

2016 Civil Society Fellow

Fellows Brussels Heritage Lab (BREL) Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research
  • Current position 2016 Civil Society Fellow
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences
    Department of Geography
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building F - Room 4.70
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • E-mail
  • Website www.brusselskunstenoverleg.be

Leen De Spiegelaere is the coordinator of the cultural network The Brussels Kunstenoverleg. She manages its daily work and projects, provides advice, sets up the yearly planning and the business policy of the platform. 

The Brussels Kunstenoverleg (BKO) is a cultural network that was established in 2001. Today it brings together more than 100 Dutch speaking cultural institutions in the Brussels region of Belgium: theatres, companies, art labs, festivals and so on; small organizations as well as big institutes. The BKO works in close collaboration with the French speaking cultural network Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles (RAB).

Among the most important aims of the Brussels Kunstenoverleg are the following:

  • to stimulate collaboration within the cultural field and with the public authorities to realise a cultural policy that responds to the specificity of Brussels; We aim at the recognition by the public authorities of the role of Brussels as a cultural city in an international perspective;
  • to create a common vision within the cultural field towards the public authorities;
  • to facilitate exchange of experience between Brussels based cultural organisations;
  • to stimulate a dialogue between Brussels based cultural organisations;
  • to set up collaborations to realise research projects about the arts in Brussels;

Together with her colleague from Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles (RAB) Sophie Alexandre and in cooperation with Cosmopolis and the Art History and Archaeology (SKAR) research group of the VUB, Leen De Spiegelaere will be carrying out the project: “Cultural policy in Brussels: a kaleidoscope”.

The goals of this project is:

  • To offer an overview of the policy-supporting measures within Brussels for the cultural sector;
  • To ensure the policymakers’ and the whole sector’s awareness of the diversity and variety of these measures.
  • To formulate policy advice that can improve and stimulate the cooperation between policy makers at different levels and promote the policy-supporting measures so that the cultural sector can benefit from them in the best way.
  • To become the beginning of a further scientific research around this topic.

The result of the project should be valuable study material not only to the cultural organisations of Brussels but also to other institutions and universities as well.