Brussels Philharmonic | Podium 19

Podium 19

Flemish Art Institutions will start broadcasting a broad cultural programme from various performing arts stages in Flanders to every living room and every screen in Belgium, with the support of the Flemish government.

The Flemish Art Institutions are collectively launching a new TV channel: Podium 19 will be a joint virtual auditorium where new productions from the many Flemish performing arts organisations will be broadcast to a wide audience, for as long as society is suffering from the impact of the coronavirus. The public will be able to enjoy a diverse range of performing arts productions from the comfort of their own home, each of which is programmed by a cultural organisation in Flanders.


“Flemish Art Institution” is a label that is awarded to large cultural organizations in Flanders that have a national and international renown. There currently are nine Flemish Art Institutions: two museums and seven performing arts organisations: Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges concert hall), deSingel (Antwerp), Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Flemish Opera Ballet, based in Antwerp and Ghent) and Kunstencentrum Voo?uit (Voo?uit Arts Centre, Ghent). These seven took the initiative to start this tv channel and they are financing the streaming themselves, with additional support from the Flemish Government.

Flemish public broadcasting organization VRT, together with Belgium’s two largest telecommunications providers Proximus and Telenet are providing technical and logistical support, thus ensuring that this new cultural channel will be available for free to everyone.

A unique project

Many countries in Europe are taking special measures to support the cultural sector. However, a similarly tight collaboration between performing arts organisations, TV providers, incumbent TV channels and the government that benefits makers and audiences is unedited.

Podium 19 is bringing a bit of light to these dark corona times. The Flemish Government wholeheartedly supports this initiative. Our aim is to support performing artists in Flanders, and to put the great artistic wealth of Flemish performing arts in the spotlight.
Minister-President Jan Jambon

Thanks to Podium 19, artistic activities of the Flemish performing arts centres can go on, artists and supporting teams can continue to work, and the public - both at home and abroad - can once again enjoy high-quality productions.


Podium 19 will start broadcasting in the third week of January. From then on, the versatile offer from performing arts centres in Flanders and Brussels can be enjoyed on a daily basis, with at least one TV premiere every day from Thursday through Sunday.

Detailed programming is currently being fine-tuned, and the final broadcasting schedule will be communicated in early January.


Podium 19 - on TV and online
From Thursday, 21 January 2021
Join the premieres on Proximus Pickx and Telenet (Belgium only)
View online via VRT NU (Belgium) and Proximus Pickx (accessible worldwide)
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An initiative from the seven Flemish Art Institutions: Ancienne Belgique, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Brugge (Bruges concert hall), deSingel, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen (Opera Ballet Flanders) and Kunstencentrum Voo?uit (Voo?uit Arts Centre).

In collaboration with Proximus, Telenet, UiTinVlaanderen and VRT.

With the support of the Flemish Community.