About the project

Did you say “United Music of Brussels”? What exactly is that?

For the third time, the Belgian National Orchestra, La Monnaie and BOZAR join forces for an ambitious project, challenging the traditional concert approach to classical music. One of the driving forces of the project is a vision that consists in literally reaching out to the city and its inhabitants, by scheduling performances in places that are unexpected and preferably little-known, even to those born and bred in Brussels.

The project was born at a difficult time, immediately after the Brussels attacks of March 2016. The three partners were united in their desire to contribute to recreating a positive image of the city, including for its own inhabitants. The programme is therefore designed in such a way as to invite the public to stroll and to discover the city, following the music.

Become an explorer in your own city, what an adventure! Our diaries are so full… when do we take the time to stroll like a tourist through neighbourhoods so familiar that we no longer look? At the start of the season, United Music offers its visitors the chance to extend their holidays, to open new doors, to float in different sounds… Unusual places, new configurations of the concert form, and a lively musical repertoire, enough to give a boost to the new season and to wake up sleepy music lovers!

Going from one concert to the next, meet the season ticket holders and the regulars, dilettante musicians, idle strollers, tourists and of course the many partners supporting the event. “United” in making connections at many levels, this is one of the main missions of the three organisers of the event. To meet is to open up, and not only for the public, but also for musicians, drawn into an unusual performing environment, invited to reflect on new programmes and new forms of concert. In the future, the aim is to develop this vision of a sustainable relationship with local partners and artists in Brussels through acts of co-creation. The 2018 edition has begun to build bridges in this direction, with the participation of the Mâäk collective (MetX Moving Music) and Brussels hip-hop artists.

On the 8th of September, a total immersive experience therefore awaits both audience and musicians. This is what this year’s edition aims to stress through its programme and its theme of enchantment, in other words, surprise, curiosity and an open mind. Just don’t expect us to reveal all! Let’s just say that as you dive into the unknown, lost in a cocktail of styles, your senses seduced by tastes and smells, expect the unexpected!