The theme of this year’s EFC conference was “culture matters”, and in addition to various plenaries and thematic sessions the event included a number elements designed to bring culture to life.

Walk and Talk networking visits

From art nouveau bus tours to sampling the delights of Belgian chocolate and beer, via a tour through the EU area of Brussels, the Walk and Talk sessions allowed participants to get out of the meeting room and into the street to experience the diverse aspects of Brussels culture.

Two exhibitions on culture

Complementing the theme of the conference, Philanthropy House welcomed visitors to the latest exhibition ”Culture Matters: Preserving culture and Transforming Space”. Open until 5 September, it features 16 projects that highlight philanthropy’s role in preserving and transforming space for public benefit.

On Wednesday 30 May, the King Baudouin Foundation and several other leading foundations guided conference delegates through ‘From Tiepolo to Richter, European Dialogue’, an amazing new exhibition featuring 100 major artworks, portraying historical events.

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Cultural evening events

On Tuesday 29 May the King Baudouin Foundation invited conference participants to discover the magnificent Musée du Cinquantenaire, one of the largest museums in Belgium, which hosts their eclectic exhibition of cultural pieces on loan from philanthropic organisations (see above).

On Wednesday 30 May delegates were treated to a networking dinner and dance at the BELvue, the museum of Belgian history and culture. Generously hosted by the King Baudouin Foundation, they enjoyed a modern, interactive exhibition bringing Belgium to life. 

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