Flanders Festival’s Managing Director Jan Briers to become provincial governor for East Flanders

5 February 2013

The Board of Directors of Flanders Festival Brussels, one of the branches of the Flanders Festival International, reports that Jan Briers has been appointed as the provincial governor for East Flanders. The Board of Directors and all contributors to the Festival wish Jan Briers all the luck in his new position. As Managing Director, Jan Briers has been leading Flanders Festival Brussels for 15 years and in this capacity has been responsible for about 350 events in about 30 cities and municipalities every year. The events have included the KlaraFestival, the European Galas, Music Masters on Air, Shanti!Shanti! and so on. Sophie Detremmerie, Business Director, and Hendrik Storme, Artistic Director, will be taking over the reins of Flanders Festival Brussels. They have both enjoyed considerable successes and have broad experience in the cultural sector. Together with their enthusiastic team, they are looking forward to two busy festival years. In addition to the Vienna Philharmonic (11 March) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic (15 May) and in the framework of The European Galas, we are also looking forward to the next KlaraFestival in September. Then, less than five months later, Flanders Festival Brussels will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of KlaraFestival, which, as from 2014, will be held in March. Finally, in November 2014, Flanders Festival Brussels will back 'Singing for peace', an exclusive international choir project organised to commemorate WWI that will involve more than 1,200 singers from 30 countries who will sing in 30 municipalities and in Brussels. A festival in and of itself! Furthermore, Flanders Festival Brussels will put its back into projects like the children's choir Shanti!Shanti!, Club K (classic in a night club), Music Masters on Air (10 European festivals promote 10 young composers), Festival on Sports Tour (rope skipping to live classical music at 15 secondary schools in Brussels) and Your Key (disadvantaged people attend KlaraFestival for €1). In other words, Flanders Festival Brussels will continue to display a dazzling versatility and offer refreshing, high quality classical music for all ages to a Flemish, Brussels, European and international audience. For more information, please contact Ann-Katrien de Clippele, press officer for Flanders Festival Brussels, by email to and/or be telephone on +32 471 56 41 84.