Pukkelpop art dome one of cultural-heritage projects chosen for funding


The government of Flanders has approved nearly €800,000 in subsidies for a number of cultural-heritage project, from archive preservation to online platforms to a music festival/arts fusion

Boo and Mmmonk

Culture minister Sven Gatz has approved nearly €800,000 in subsidies for cultural-heritage projects in Flanders. It is the first round of approved subsidies requested in response to the new cultural-heritage decree approved in 2017.

Organisations can request subsidies for cultural-heritage projects that are either material or immaterial in nature. For instance, heritage activities such as carnival celebrations or beer culture are immaterial, while archives and monuments are material. Projects supported can be either local, regional or even international in scope.

Eleven projects were chosen for support, and the biggest subsidy – of €129,000 – is going to the Dutch-speaking entity of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels for a project called Boo. The money will allow the Conservatory to set up an advisory committee for the proper storage of historical sheet music, which requires specific environmental conditions.

Some €127,000 goes to establish Mmmonk, a knowledge network that gathers together monastic manuscripts from the middle ages from the abbeys of Ten Duinen, ter Doest, Sint-Pieters and Sint-Baafs, all in East and West Flanders.

Ghent’s contemporary art museum SMAK, meanwhile, will get €110,000 for the second in a three-part project that sees an art dome installed at the summer music festival Pukkelpop (pictured). Together with international organisation Art United, which promotes social justice in the arts, the museum hopes to introduce contemporary arts to the hard-to-reach younger generations.

Other recipients of subsidies of more than €50,000 are Contemporary Art Heritage Flanders for a digital, sustainbale method for storage of art collections; Heritage Bruges for the development of a multi-language online platform; Antwerp’s photography museum FoMu for research projects related to its permanent collections as well as photography in the Low Countries in general; the Logos Foundation in Ghent, to document and catalogue its 120 hand-made robotic musical instruments; and Koers, Roeselare’s cycling museum, for Museum in de Living, an installation that links pieces from its collection to what cycling fans see on TV.