The 34th edition of the “Heritage Days” will take place in Brussels on the weekend of 17 and 18 September. Heritage Days are a unique opportunity to discover the wealth of buildings, institutions and unusual real estate in Brussels. Each year, a theme allows visitors to see Brussels from a different perspective.
In 2022, the theme will be “Traces of Colonization.” According to the Brussels Times, the theme was chosen in response to a report on the decolonization of public space that experts commissioned by urban.brussels presented in 2022. For the first time, many embassies will open their doors to the general public. Certain activities require previous reservation. From September 1st, booking will be possible.
Roughly 20 embassies will open their doors this year. The intention is that this will happen during the Heritage Days every yearPascal Smet, State Secretary for Town Planning and Heritage
The Heritage Days take place every year over two days on the third weekend of September. All entries and activities are free of charge. They are entirely organized by urban.brussels and have become the annual rendezvous of several million visitors. They bring the inhabitants closer to the heritage of their city and country/region and allow the public to discover their daily environment and places that are usually inaccessible or difficult to access.
The Brussels-Capital Region has been organizing the Heritage Days since 1989. A specific theme for each edition has been chosen since 1991. On October 4th, 1985, in Granada, a European resolution expressed for the first time the wish to organize a day dedicated to immovable cultural heritage in each European country.
The Heritage Days are a unique opportunity to delve into an important part of our history. To learn more about it and understand it betterPascal Smet, State Secretary for Town Planning and Heritage
The previous year, France had already taken the initiative to organize an “Open Day for Historic Buildings”. The Netherlands followed suit two years later, followed by Luxembourg, Sweden and Belgium in 1989.
Today, the 50 States parties to the European Cultural Convention participate every year in September in the European Heritage Days and have a permanent slogan since 1999: “Europe, a common heritage”.
List of Embassies
- Albanian Embassy
- Bulgarian Embassy
- Chancellery of the Spanish Embassy
- Embassy of Ghana
- Embassy of Kazakhstan
- Embassy of Kenya
- Embassy of Pakistan
- Embassy of the Republic of Armenia
- Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua
- Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
- Hungarian Ambassador’s Residence
- Korean Cultural Center
- Hungarian Cultural Center
- Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU
- Prague House
- Residence of the Ambassador of the UK
- Residence of the Swiss Ambassador to Belgium and NATO
- South African Embassy
- Spanish Ambassador’s Residence