COVID 19 (Coronavirus): BANAD Festival suspended!

Following the measures announced by the Belgian federal government, the following
instructions must be applied by Explore.Brussels asbl from midnight on Friday 13 March:

"All private or public recreational, cultural and folklore activities must be cancelled,
regardless of their size.
These measures will enter into force during the night between Friday and Saturday and will
remain in force until Friday 3 April inclusive, the day before the Easter school holidays."

As a consequence, all the guided tours and activities of the BANAD Festival planned for this
period are suspended. The Opening Gala evening will not take place tonight, Friday 13
March, as planned, for the same public health instructions that have led to the suspension of
the entire BANAD Festival.

The Explore.Brussels asbl team will now evaluate two possible courses of action, in
consultation with the public authorities, the building owners and the other Festival partners:
the partial postponement of the Festival or its complete cancellation.
Given the exceptional circumstances of the current situation, the small size of the
Explore.Brussels team and the enormous loss that either course of action would cause to our
not-for-profit association, we are unable at the moment to estimate how long it will take to
make this decision.
As soon as the situation is clearer, each participant who has booked a guided tour or other
event organised by Explore.Brussels will be contacted, and we thank you for your patience in
the meantime.

We are sincerely very sorry for this situation, as much for the participants who were already
excited to be visiting these architectural hidden gems as for the building owners who were
looking forward to opening their doors to the public and our Festival partners who had
developed specific events.
We must also remember the guides, the volunteers, the temporary Festival team and, of
course, the permanent staff of Explore.Brussels and its member associations, who have been
working on the organisation of the BANAD Festival for the last year.