Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires

At Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, the city of Antwerp will be rediscovering its Baroque roots. This festival of culture in the city pays tribute to Peter Paul Rubens and his Baroque cultural heritage. Rubens is still one of the most influential artists of all time, as well as being Antwerp’s most famous resident. He personifies the Baroque and is an important source of inspiration for contemporary artists and the atypical lifestyle of the city of Antwerp and its people. Antwerp Baroque 2018 tells a story of the Baroque then and now, and brings the historical Baroque into dialogue with contemporary art.

The city festival shows Antwerp in an exciting new light: simultaneously chic and rough around the edges, historic and contemporary, burgeoning with the arts and the good life. The artistic programme is unabashedly extrovert, combining Rubens’ cultural heritage with artistic idiosyncrasy. Besides a core programme of exhibitions in the museums and churches, the Baroque Festival will include a varied programme of music, theatre, literature, street art, photography, installation art, dance, performances and walks in the city, developed by and in partnership with a whole range of famous names from the Antwerp arts sector.

As part of Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, AMUZ will be organising the festival 1618 | BEFORE & BEYOND. 1618, the year in which St. Augustine’s Church in Kammenstraat was opened, marks an era in which various musical styles co-existed: the old polyphonic style and the new Baroque monody. Laus Polyphoniae presents the music dating back to before 1618: from ethereal Gregorian chants to sumptuous polyphonic pieces. The new musical styles and genres of the Baroque, on the other hand, can be heard in abundance in the autumn: secular operas, religious cantatas and instrumental music. 

Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires has given the people of Antwerp three new altarpieces by Jan Fabre for our concert hall, the former St. Augustine’s Church. They are sure to add extra lustre to the concerts In 2018, the Baroque will sparkle and resound in all its glory, more intensely than ever.