BANG!

Did you know that Leuven is the birthplace of the Big Bang Theory? In 1931, Georges Lemaître introduced his revolutionary theory of the primaeval atom and the expanding universe. And it rocked the world of science to its core. The world-shattering cultural festival of the Big Bang will be ignited in the autumn of 2021. BANG! shows you how the Big Bang continues to inspire art and science today. Enjoy music, exhibitions, events and more.

Exhibitions

A series of world-class exhibitions in Leuven’s various museums:

  • M Leuven | Imagining the Universe
    A prestigious exhibition exploring how the universe was depicted by artists and philosophers from ancient times until the 19th century. And also in M: Richard Long, a solo exhibition from the British artist inspired by the universe.
  • University Library | To the Edge of Time
    An exhibition on the interface of science and contemporary visual art and for which the ground-breaking scientific research of Georges Lemaître serves as the starting point.
  • Dialogue museum PARCUM | An eternal gaze
    With religious heritage as guidance, the exhibition covers stories about the creation, transience and hope. Parcum is situated on the beautiful grounds of Park Abbey

Music

Planetarium Music Festival | An innovative programme of music 
In a cosmic dome, you will be immersed in immersive concerts, videos and performances inspired by the universe. Thanks to the 360° projection and surround sound, you will experience an unforgettable cosmic experience.In a cosmic dome, you will be immersed in immersive concerts, videos and performances inspired by the universe. Thanks to the 360° projection and surround sound, you will experience an unforgettable cosmic experience.

Walks

Combine your visit to BANG! with a guided walk and experience Leuven in a new way, completely in the mood of the festival. Go on a walk with a guide and discover the city and its hidden places.

Performances & lectures

A sophisticated programme of lectures and debates. BANG! The Big Bang city festival brings together world-renowned Flemish scientists and prominent international thinkers

For children

A fascinating as well as educational programme geared towards families, with the title Big Bang for Kids. For them, we are unleashing a veritable cultural Big Bang with performances, workshops, an experience route, stargazing and more (only in Dutch).

Practical info

  • 15.10.2021 - 30.01.2022
  • Various locations in Leuven
  • More informatio: website Big Bang Festival
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