On 1 February 2020, 55 guests joined ENCATC for its 55th Cultural Happy Hour at the 65th BRAFA Art Fair.
Created in 1956, BRAFA is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs, famous for the high quality fine art, antiques, modern and contemporary art and design it offers. The first major art event of the year, Brafa is considered a reliable barometer of the art market.
Now an annual Cultural Happy Hour favorite, this event at Brafa kicked-off ENCATC's exciting calendar of cultural discovery events. ENCATC Secretary General, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, opened the Cultural Happy Hour to welcome the 55 guests from Belgium, Denmark, France, and The Netherlands. She presented what's in store this year for this popular initiative ENCATC launched back in 2013 to gather representatives from the cultural, business, and educational sectors to learn more about culture, network, and exchange ideas. She was joined by Gudrun Heymans from the Creative Europe Desk Vlaanderen, a Cultural Happy Hour partner.
Beatrix Bourdon, BRAFA Managing Director joined the group to give a presentation of the 2020 Edition of the BRAFA. The 2020 edition brought together 133 galleries and art dealers from 14 countries who showcased a panoply of art collections which cover 20 specialities. This year to celebrate its 65th milestone, Brafa had exclusive exhibition and sale of five Berlin Wall segments with proceeds going to cancer research, social integration projects and art heritage preservation.
The presentations were followed by two guided visits to highlight magnificent pieces among the impressive collections of archaeology, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, furniture, design, ceramics, porcelain, clocks, objets d'art, glassware, antique frames, original cartoon plates and other contemporary creations.
This exclusive gathering for our Cultural Happy Hour guests was organised by ENCATC in partnership with the Creative Europe Desks Wallonie-Bruxelles and Vlaanderen.