Renske Ebbers
Advisor - Germany | Belgium
r.ebbers [at] dutchculture.nl

COVID-19 Information for cooperation with Belgium

COVID-19 Information for cooperation with Belgium

On this page you will find information about consequences of the coronavirus for international cooperation with Belgium.


Last update: 6 June 2021

General situation

Cultural & creative sector

  • In Belgium, like in the Netherlands, most cultural institutions and places for social gathering are closed, with the exemption of museums and libraries. All shops are also opened. It is obligatory to wear a mask in all inside public areas as well as public transportation.
  • Performances and events in open-air are allowed for a maximum of 50 people
  • Occasional indoor events for max 50 people are permitted as test events, after case-to-case approval of the police and local and national government.
  • For updates on the lockdown in Belgium, go here.
  • The Belgium federal government announced 10 support measures for organizations and freelancers, see here.
  • In Flanders, the department of Culture, Youth and Media has an emergency cultural fund in place.
  • Municipalities in Flanders receive 30% of the emergency fund, which is at least 85 million Euros. This sum is meant for supporting local cultural and youth organizations. Through this support, non-subsidized and non-profit organizations in the heritage, social and amateur fields can receive support.
  • The ‘Vlaamse Cultuurloket’ has opened a corona hot line, where creatives and artists can receive legal support 7 days a week. The Cultuurloket is also organizing webinars about the support measures in place to explain artists how to apply for them. You can watch the webinars here.
  • For information on support measures in Wallonia see here.

Cultural & creative initiatives

  • The concertfilm Bitterzoet by Eefje de Visser, recorded by Robot Studies, has been a highly praised alternative for a live concert.
  • With BOZAR closed, the Brussel-based venue has asked musicians to perform a concert from home and record them.
  • With the podcast ‘Blijf-in-uw-kotcast’ by deBuren you can listen to stories and conversations of live programs from deBuren.
  • Another podcast is the Open tijdens Lockdown podcast, with an episode about the cultural sector.
  • The series ‘Kunst in quarantaine‘, offered by HART magazine, includes content like video art, photo series, livestreams and virtual walkthroughs. From the website you can also get the Print At Home Coloring Book by Artists in Times of Corona, created by theatre maker Laurens Mariën with examples from almost 100 artists.
  • On the website of Flanders DC, Flemish artists and creative professionals can submit their online activities. The list ‘corona-crisis creativity is saving the world’ has over 100 initiatives. The federation Wallonia-Brussels has created an overview of cultural initiatives that you can view from home.

Dutch diplomatic missions in Belgium

  • The Dutch diplomatic mission in Belgium launched the open call Waiting Zone, to support cultural initiatives in Corona times.
  • You can contact the Dutch diplomatic missions in Belgium here.

Travel advice

  • For information on travelling to and from Belgium check here.
  • The Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed a mobile application for travel advice. By downloading this app (information in Dutch), you will receive updates if the travel recommendations for your country changes.


If you have specific questions related to your project in this country, please contact our advisor Belgium r.ebbers@dutchculture.nl For general questions you can get in touch with our Mobility Info Point: infopoint@dutchculture.nl.

See here for more information on Belgium in the International Cultural Policy and the database with Dutch cultural activities internationally.

We make every effort to display and update the information on this page as correctly as possible. This information is not legally binding.