Year founded: 2015
Organiser: Brugge Plus vzw


As well as being an international architecture and arts event, Bruges Triennial also aims to be an experimental platform. The temporary nature of the installations means that boundaries can be shifted, concepts thought out and new ideas launched for the public space in the city.

Bruges Triennial brings contemporary art and architecture to the unique UNESCO world heritage surroundings of the City of Bruges. Every three years, an artistic team invites (inter)national artists and architects to develop a new, site-specific installation for the city. For five months they occupy the historical city centre with their contemporary creations. They offer an artistic response to a theme that is linked to the future challenges of Bruges and cities worldwide.

Since 2015, Bruges Triennial has been building on the series of triennials around visual arts that were organised in 1968, 1971 and 1974. Whilst the focus lay on contemporary Belgian art and a more museum-centric context in these early editions, when the concept was revived in 2015 the decision was made to add architecture to the programme as a second pillar. Moreover, the event is no longer staged indoors, but in the public space. This way, Bruges Triennial wishes to inspire all who wanders by, 24/7 and free of charge.

Bruges Triennial is an organisation of Brugge Plus vzw, by commission of City of Bruges.