The Rubens Project strongly believes that the European states have been built on diversity and exchange, and that the European cultural identity is based on mutual influences between regions and neighbouring populations. In order not to misunderstand this diversity as a source of tension, but rather as an advantage and richness, the Rubens Project gives the opportunity to young European students to better understand European citizenship through culture. These European cultural school trips will thus be organised in Antwerp and Brussels, two cities that embody the essence of Europe.
“To go in search of the Other and its environment, to discover the Other through its culture beyond its differences, to learn to have dialogue despite the linguistic barrier thanks to the arts, to exchange ideas on themes that concern us all as citizens of the world.” Translated from Rapport du Réseau National Français des Ecoles associées à l’UNESCO
Antwerp – city of Rubens, city of diamonds, city of fashion, river-city, port-city… Antwerp is, through all these aspects, a very dynamic and bubbly city:
– Antwerp as a major historical and cultural centre of Europe: the economic importance of Antwerp that developed during the Middle Ages gave birth to a rich cultural production that deeply influenced Italy, the Netherlands, France and England. Antwerp’s culture was also enriched with foreign influences. Antwerp is the ultimate cultural destination, thanks to its various architectural jewels and its museums. During the cultural school trips offered by the Rubens Project, students will get the chance to discover a wide array of ancient and contemporary treasures: the flamboyant gothic architecture of the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Renaissance facade of the Town House, the famous Central Station dating back to the colonial era, as well as art nouveau, modernism and contemporary architecture. In short, all historical styles are represented here.
– Antwerp and the Europe of tomorrow. Antwerp is a bubbly multicultural centre which has a particularly dynamic contemporary art scene. Here, culture is not fossilised, but alive and kicking. Contemporary art, dance, fashion, architecture,… there is in Antwerp a rich mixture of very diverse artistic expressions: it is a true art city! Culture is not just a historical heritage, it also helps building the Europe and reality of tomorrow.
– Antwerp in the heart of Europe: the city is within easy reach of neighbouring countries by all means of transport. This is, of course, a major advantage for the cultural school trips. Antwerp has an excellent bus and tram network that facilitates transport between visits.
See the list of places visited in Antwerp
MAS – Museum aan de Stroom
Red Star Line Museum
MoMu – Fashion Museum
FoMu – Museum of Photography
Museum Mayer van den Bergh
M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp
KMSKA – Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (closed until 2018)
Port of Antwerp
Cathedral of Our Lady
St. James’s Church
St. Paul’s Church
St. Charles Borromeo’s Church
St. Andrew’s Church
Brussels, “capital of Europe”
The Rubens Project aims to lean upon cultural experiences to better understand Europe. Thus, each trip ends with a day in Brussels, where the students can discover the European institutions.