Le Flagey

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Former Belgian National Institute of Radio Broadcasting (or Maison de la Radio), now Le Flagey

Le Flagey is a cultural institution located in the former headquarters of the Belgian National Institute of Radio Broadcasting (formerly known as the Maison de la Radio) on Eugène Flagey Square, in Ixelles (Brussels). The building , designed by Joseph Diongre [fr], was completed in 1938 in Streamline Moderne (an international style of Art Deco). It owes its name to Eugène Flagey [de], a Belgian lawyer and politician. When the broadcaster left in 1974, the building was refurbished as a cultural community centre.[1]


Established as a public limited company (société anonyme) Maison de la Radio Flagey on 30 June 1998, and as a non-profit organisation Flagey, Le Flagey has the following missions:

  • to create a cultural pole in Brussels, open to diverse musical styles, offering a large part to the image of different artistic disciplines;
  • to create an architectural and real-estate pole by safeguarding and reallocating the former building of the RTBF;
  • to create a pole at the social level by demonstrating a joint action by representatives of the country's different communities with a view to creating a cultural institution of excellence with a European vocation. It also located in between the upmarket Ixelles Ponds and the world of immigrant cultures.

Le Flagey has now regained its original function by creating a musical space with recording studios and concerts venues. It has become a place with an eclectic programme. Its Studio 4 is one of the concert halls with the best acoustics worldwide,[2] home to the Brussels Philharmonic.[3] It is also used as a recording studio; the award-winning soundtrack of the movie The Artist was recorded there.

It was directed by Hugo De Greef [fr] from 2007[4] until 2011, and since 2011, by Gilles Ledure [nl].[5]

Cinema house[edit]

This cultural centre has a room permanently dedicated to cinema. It screens films programmed by the Cinémathèque royale de Belgique; either indisputable classics or recent curiosities that have not been distributed in the commercial network.

Exceptional screenings are sometimes organised in the prestigious concert hall, the largest in Brussels, where a huge screen is installed for the event. In 2003, Playtime by Jacques Tati was screened there in its original version in 70 mm, for the first time in Belgium.


  1. ^ "Flagey". venues.be. Retrieved 22 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Flagey Flies Again After Audio Treatment". Lighting&Sound International. January 2003. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Brussels Philharmonic". Brussels Philharmonic. Retrieved 22 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Nomination de Hugo De Greef comme directeur général de Flagey". La Libre Belgique (in French). 14 March 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Binst, Jean-Marie (19 May 2011). "Gilles Ledure: "Flagey is een sterk merk"". bruzz.be (in Dutch). Retrieved 22 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Coordinates: 50°49′36″N 4°22′22″E / 50.82667°N 4.37278°E / 50.82667; 4.37278