The Horta Grand Café building in Antwerp is relatively new on that address. From the outside it looks like another modern structure, but the building has a quite fascinating story: It was designed by one of the Art Nouveau Masters, Victor Horta, as the "Maison du Peuple" in Brussels (inaugurated in 1899). Sadly, this building was demolished in 1965, but a large part of the structure was kept in a warehouse, first in Tervuren and later in Ghent, for the following +/-30 years. And then they were put back to glory in its present form as the Horta Grand Café. The café itself and the large hall are built from the remains of the former Maison du Peuple.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION: Coming by car: Antwerp is a Low Emission Zone - check here before entering Antwerp. Depending on where you travel from, you might need to register your car prior to arrival (not required for Dutch license plates). There are several parking houses near the venue.
Coming by train: Antwerp is well connected to both Brussels and Amsterdam with several direct train connections from Brussels South (connection to Thalys/ICE/Eurostar), Brussels National Airport Zaventem (BRU) and Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) - for trains in Belgium, please check the website of Belgian Rail.
HOTELS: There are plenty of hotels near the venue, which is also at walking distance from the Antwerp Central Station.
We look forward to welcoming dancers from near and far to celebrate with us 50 years of Scottish Country Dancing in Brussels.
Celebrations will take place in the beautiful Horta Art Nouveau Hall in Antwerp, where we will have dinner and dance to the music of Marian Anderson & her Scottish Dance Band with the following line-up: Marian Anderson & Graham Bell on accordeons, Isobelle Hodgeson on piano and Max Ketchin on drums.
(Click on the image below to open a printable pdf)
REGISTRATION: Registration is now closed.
The price for the event is 105 euros (90 euros for BDS-members) and covers the dinner and the ball.
NB: it is not possible to become a member solely for this event.
Up to 31 January 2023: full refund After 31 January 2023 and replacement by another dancer paying the same fee: full refund After 31 January 2023 and no replacement: no refund
PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENING:
20:00 Ball - part 1
22:00 Ball - part 2
+/- 23:30 End of ball
The ball programme is listed on the Strathspey Server. You can download the programme in your preferred format (cribs, pillings or both) from there. GO TO PROGRAMME
A pdf of Le Poisson d'Avril can be downloaded from here.
The other dances can be found in various publications.
OPTIONAL GUIDED WALK ON SUNDAY 2 APRIL:
Antwerp is famous for its diamond industry and a significant portion of the World's diamonds pass through Antwerp. Join us on a guided walk (in English) starting from the Central Station and leading us through the Diamond District. Please indicate your interest in the registration form.
NB: this is not included in the fee for the event and will have to be paid separately. The price will be approximately 10-15 euros/person