Flemish music archive moves to Ghent Music Library

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Flanders Arts Institute provides new locations for two of its art archives
Would you like to listen to a Flemish singer from the last century that you can’t immediately find online? Are you looking for a specific album that was released in Flanders in the 1980s? From next year on you can visit the Flemish music archive in the Music Library of the KASK & Conservatorium in Ghent. This summer, Flanders Arts Institute is moving the entire Flemish music archive to the city of Ghent where you can listen to the music from the archive.

Flemish music archive

Flanders Arts Institute was founded in 2015 from a merger of the Flemish Theatre Institute, BAM and the Vlaams Muziekcentrum. The Flemish Music Archive was added to the new organisation. The archive was an aggregation of a number of donations and was supplemented from 2000 with every new music release from the Flemish music scene. Today, we count more than 40,000 records and CDs. The archive is almost complete and until now was kept in a large cellar in Brussels. These were not good conditions for the archive. Nor was the music accessible to the public. Flanders Arts Institute started looking for a partner to take over the collection and make it available to a wide audience

We found that partner in Ghent at the KASK & Conservatorium. They will store the collection at one of their locations on the Reep, in the centre of Ghent. They are planting a listening point at the location and they foresee possibilities for events and exhibitions with material from the archive. For now Flanders Arts Institute will retain ownership of the archive

Looking for Dutch-language theatre texts? From now on you can borrow them from De Theaterbib

OPENDOEK’s Theatre Library is the most actively used theatre library in the Dutch language area. As many as 23,000 different theatre texts can be found and borrowed there. Thanks to a cooperation between OPENDOEK and Flanders Arts Institute, the collection of the former VTi (Flemish Theatre Institute) was added to the existing collection of De Theaterbib.