Chief Executive Officer – Artistic Director, Bozar, Belgium
Paul Dujardin is CEO and artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels since 2002. Under his direction the Centre has turned into an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary arts center, offering a wide range of events, from concerts, to exhibitions, cinema, literature, theatre, dance performances or debates and workshops for its audiences. BOZAR welcomes over 1 million visitors every year and has supported over 30.000 artists and creative workers since 2002.
Paul Dujardin represents the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels in various platforms, such as the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne (R.E.M.A.) and ASEMUS – Asia-Europe Museum Network (since September 2010). Since 2013 he is President of the International Music Council (IMC). He is member of the board of the European Festivals Association (EFA) since February 2014.
Paul is also a passionate advocate of the European project. He dedicates his special interest to creating dialogue between the arts and the political spheres. He has succeeded in developing BOZAR as an Agora, a platform to initiate debate between citizens, the arts, decision-makers and other sectors. He has been chair of the steering committee of the ‘New Narrative for Europe’ project, an EU initiative attempting to given Europe a new and more cultural vision for the future of the continent.
From 1992 to 2002 Paul was the CEO of the Société Philharmonique de Bruxelles, prior to which he was, among others, in charge of the annual festival “Ars Musica” dedicated to contemporary music.
He studied arts history and archeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and detains a Master’s Degree in Management Sciences from the Vlaamse Ekonomische Hogeschool (VLEKHO).