new intendant of flanders festival brussels

From 15 July 2020, Joost Fonteyne will be appointed as intendant of Flanders Festival Brussels.

new chairman of flanders festival brussels

Flanders Festival Brussels (Klarafestival) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Raes as new chairman of the Board of Directors. Michel Vermaerke will pass on the torch on July 1st. He will become honorary chairman and remains a member of the Board of Directors.

Jan Raes

Jan Raes' track record is, to say the least, impressive. His successful career in the international classical music world is an incentive for Flanders Festival Brussels to become even more ambitious and innovative. After more than 11 years, Jan said goodbye to the Amsterdam Royal Concert Hall Orchestra at the beginning of this year. Jan Raes is currently interim director of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen.

"It is a great challenge to preside the international and legendary Flanders Festival Brussels. It's also nice to contribute to the position and especially the connecting power of music back home.
Jan Raes

We thank Michel Vermaerke for his years of dedication and we look forward to the future under the chairmanship of Jan Raes.

With the special privilege of passing on the torch of chairmanship to Jan Raes, Flanders Festival Brussels (Klarafestival) opens a promising and forward-looking innovative chapter. Like no other, Jan will be able to build on a tradition of more than 50 years of special presence of this unique festival event in Brussels, the capital of Europe, Belgium and Flanders. Jan knows how to combine tradition and innovation. He has proven able to follow different new paths. With his healthy sense of audacity, he can feel strengthened with the unanimous support of the Board of Directors. Let it be the time for a festival experience like a rinascita, a rebirth. Rinascita is the name the Italians hold back as a message of hope and expectation for the period after the Covid-19 lockdown
Michel Vermaerke

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