Paul Dujardin is CEO and artistic director of the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels since 2002. Under his direction the Centre has turned into an internationally recognised, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary arts centre, offering a wide range of events, from concerts, to exhibitions, cinema, literature, theatre, dance performances or debates and workshops.
Paul Dujardin represents the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels in various platforms, such as the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), the Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne (R.E.M.A.) and ASEMUS – Asia-Europe Museum Network (since September 2010). Since 2013 he is President of the International Music Council (IMC). He is also a member of the board of the European Festivals Association (EFA) since February 2014.
Under his direction BOZAR has become a true agora, a platform facilitating exchanges and debates between citizens, artists, political decision-makers, and personalities from other sectors.
As a passionate advocate of the European project, Paul Dujardin enabled BOZAR to become an essential and indispensable actor both in the European cultural cooperation and in the defence of cultural values in the European project. This dynamism is expressed by BOZAR’s involvement for example in the European research project “The role of culture in EU external relations” or via the extensive collaborations with networks and organizations such as the Goethe Institute, Culture Action Europe, EUNIC, the European Cultural Foundation or the European Foundation Centre (non-exhaustive list).
Paul Dujardin chairs the cultural committee of the project “New Narrative for Europe”, a pilot initiative of the European Parliament implemented with the European Commission to develop a new vision for Europe through the prisms of art and science.
From 1992 to 2002 Paul was the CEO of the Société Philharmonique de Bruxelles, prior to which he was, among others, in charge of the annual festival “Ars Musica” dedicated to contemporary music.
He studied arts history and archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and detains a Master’s Degree in Management Sciences from the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool (VLEKHO).