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Creative Europe Programme
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Partners Activities

On this page, find the current exhibitions of the project’s partners.

‘The Mystery of Mithras: Exploring the heart of Roman Cult’

At the Royal Museum of Mariemont, from November 20th, 2021 to April 17th, 2022

This fall, the Royal Museum of Mariemont opens “The Mystery of Mithras: Exploring the heart of Roman Cult”, a first exhibition for general audiences about the Roman cult of Mithras, a god of Iranian origin, celebrated amongst large communities of followers throughout the Roman Empire between the first and fourth centuries. 

The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and brings Mariemont together with the Musée Saint Raymond in Toulouse and the Archaeological Museum of Frankfurt to present the results of current archaeological research and examine the history of the reception of the cult of Mithras up to modern times. Mariemont opted to propose an immersive experience to discover this enigmatic cult. Why was it organized out of sight? Why did Mithras know such success up to the point of appearing as a rival to Christ? New digital technologies allows visitors to understand the remarkable story of Mithras through the prism of contemporary social issues, such as the circulation of goods, ideas and people, gender relations or the cohabitation of cults.

‘Beirut Echoes’

Jocelyne Saab, Filming Beirut, My City (1982). Picture by Farida Hamak

At Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts Brussels, from November 12th to November 15th 2021

72 hours to Lebanon
Beirut. With its rich historical and cultural past, the Lebanese capital captures the imagination. But Beirut is also a political chessboard of sectarianism, abuse of power and corruption. The 2020 explosion in the port area will be forever imprinted on our minds, and today the city remains in the news with its turbulent demonstrations. It is against this background that the Mahmoud Darwish Chair and Bozar present the three-day Beirut echoes festival with talks, film and dance performances in solidarity with Lebanon. The festival seeks to be a platform where art and literature can be shared in an artistic dialogue between Europe and the Middle East. Contemporary creations and encounters between artists and writers shed new light on the country and the city. 

With Ali Chahrour, Chloé Mazlo, Dima Abdallah, Dima Matta, Elias Khoury, Farouk Mardam Bey, Leila Shahid, Katia Al Tawil, Ryoko Sekiguchi, Samira Saleh, Ziad Majed and many others.


Engy Aly

At Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts Brussels, until 31st January 2023

Europe and the Arab world are two rapidly changing regions, each with specific and varied local social, economic and political realities, but above all with many connections, historical and present. Building on these connections, the Goethe-Institut and Bozar are launching the project Halaqat. Halaqat – which in Arabic means multiple links and circles – aims to strengthen these entanglements and build bridges between both regions.

We invite you to join us at events at Bozar, in Brussels and online: from public discussions, film screenings, over concerts and performances, to visual arts exhibitions. A festival in the autumn of 2022 will conclude this inspiring Halaqat project.


At the Mucem, until February 7th 2022

The first sentence of Salammbô, Flaubert’s novel published in 1862, has been for generations the trigger for a unique experience. The fatal attraction between Salammbô, priestess of Tanit, and Mathô, leader of the rebellious mercenaries, but also the opulent Carthage and its invincible walls, the burning elephants and the crucified lions; everything in this amazing novel was conducive to igniting the imagination. For the first time, an exhibition takes up this masterpiece of modern literature to plunge us into a whirlwind of images and sensations that reveals its considerable impact on the arts and representations, but also its legacy in the history of the Mediterranean.