Press invitation: New Brussels cultural hotspot Pilar opens on VUB campus

Press invitation: New Brussels cultural hotspot Pilar opens on VUB campus

Thursday 17 October, 17.00 - Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus - Building Y – Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels


Dear journalist,

On Thursday 17 October, the new Pilar House of Art & Science will open on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The inauguration of the new building, named Y, which includes a multipurpose concert hall, exhibition spaces and a bar, will take place in the presence of rector Caroline Pauwels and ministers Pascal Smet and Sven Gatz. Pilar, which replaces the legendary Kultuur Kaffee, aims to become a major cultural hotspot for young people in Brussels.

The inauguration also represents the kick-off of PILAR ASAP, a six-monthly multidisciplinary artistic festival. This first edition, called For X’ Sake Edition, focuses on meaning and philosophy in contemporary society. The opening night of Pilar will end with performances by Belgian musical talent such as DVTCH NORRIS and Black Mamba.

You are warmly invited to attend the opening of Pilar and the Pilar ASAP festival from 17.00.

You can also drop by at 10.30 for a preview of the new building. Lieselotte Vaneeckhaute, coordinator of Pilar, is available to explain Pilar’s infrastructure and operation.



10.30 Preview for the press

17.00 Inauguration ceremony with welcome by Caroline Pauwels, panel discussions with Lieselotte Vaneeckhaute, Prof Hans De Wolf, Pascal Smet, Benjamin Dalle and Sven Gatz about Pilar, new infrastructure, the importance of Pilar for Brussels, the exhibition JRSLM and culture on campus

17.40 Inauguration of the memorial plaque

17.45 End of ceremony + start of reception

20.00 End of reception


21.00 Rare Akuma


23.00 Black Mamba

00.30 Yooth


Please confirm your attendance with Lies Feron, press relations VUB ( or 0484 590 550).


Practical details

Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus  - Building Y – Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels



Lies Feron - press relations

0484 590 550


Jade Corbey - Music/communication programmer

0485 36 41 76

Lieselotte Vaneeckhaute -  coordinator Pilar

0479 327289


Contact us
Lieselotte Vaneeckhaute coördinator van PILAR
Lieselotte Vaneeckhaute coördinator van PILAR
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