A satisfied review of Antwerp Baroque 2018
Yesterday, the “Cokeryen” exhibition closed its doors, bringing an end to the nearly eight-month cultural city festival “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires”. From June, the city of Antwerp celebrated its most famous resident, Peter Paul Rubens, with 9 exhibitions, 30 concert series, theatre productions, musical theatre productions, literature productions and dance productions, 2 lecture series, 3 new city walks, and 10 visual art projects outside the museum walls. Altogether, the projects welcomed more than 1,033,986 visitors. And 55% of these visitors came from abroad. Anyone who missed the Baroque Festival can also go to Antwerp for an authentic Rubens experience in the coming months and years. The Baroque Festival has therefore left a lasting mark on the city.
With “Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires”, the city of Antwerp put the spotlight on Peter Paul Rubens and his baroque cultural legacy. Together with the Antwerp museums and the cultural sector, the cultural/tourist festival looked for new perspectives and broadening interpretations of Rubens and the Antwerp Baroque. The enthusiasm of local hotels and restaurants, local specialty producers, as well as the other partners, ensured the baroque joie de vivre of Antwerp was there for all to see.
“The ‘Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires’ city festival was an excellent example of how we can bring culture closer to our residents and visitors. The various activities that brought baroque back to life ensured this city festival was not only accessible to art lovers, but to everyone. And that's the real goal of cultural experience”, explains Nabilla Ait Daoud, municipal executive for culture.
Altogether the projects welcomed more than 1.033 million visitors. If we count the visitors of the Baroque Burez exhibition in the Walking Boulevard, which could be found in the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), the number increases to 1,444,098.