Classical and jazz, dance, theatre and more - this city has something for everyone and well within reach of any good Kortrijk hotel. There is always something going on, so when you visit, be sure to look out for the latest happenings. Here are some of the top venues and events to investigate during your stay, for the cream of Kortrijk's cultural scene.
Known locally as the 'Schouwburg' or 'Cultuur Centrum,' this is the city's main theatre. Originally built in the 1910s in neo-Renaissance style, a recent restoration has preserved its original character while adding the stunning stained glass roof designed by French-Algerian artist Alberola. The building houses a ballet hall, gallery, and 800-capacity theatre.
Centrally located, it will be an easy trip from your Kortrijk hotel, and boasts a full programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy and art all year round. With a mix of the classical and modern, there is bound to be something on to suit every taste; and even if you don't have time for a performance, the building and surrounding area with its striking architecture and public art are worth the trip on their own.
At this theatre you can find traditional plays billed alongside cutting-edge multimedia productions. It also hosts both local and travelling companies, and might offer a Brecht play one night and new work by up-and-coming talent the next - so step out of your Kortrijk hotel and head to the Antigone Theatre for a taste of variety and difference. It also offers a good range of music concerts. If you happen to visit during the Flanders Festival, an annual festival of classical concerts that takes place in May, be sure to make time for 'Club Classic' at the Antigone. This series of intimate soirées in a lounge-style setting, featuring works by some of Europe's most cherished composers, promises cosy ambiance and quality performances
Golden River City Jazz Festival
Of all the times to spend a break in a Kortrijk hotel, September has to be the liveliest. For vivacious atmosphere and a diverse music-loving crowd, nothing beats the Golden River City Jazz Festival. Taking place over the first weekend in September, the festival was originally set up in 1970 to showcase the talents of the Kortrijk-based Golden River City Jazz Band, and has since attracted a wealth of international musicians. The festival also forms part of the 'September Braderie,' a fair that encompasses lively markets in the city's pedestrianised shopping areas, open-air entertainment of all kinds, and great dining - it's bound to be an unforgettable experience.