Paul Dujardin has been the CEO and Artistic Director of the Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels (BOZAR) since 2002. Under his leadership, the Centre for Fine Arts has become an interdisciplinary cultural centre with a European and international scope. Today, the CFA offers a wide range of events, including concerts, exhibitions and debates as well as festivals and events linked to film, literature and theatre.
Under his direction, BOZAR has blossomed into a veritable Agora, a space where citizens, cultural players, politicians and individuals from various disciplines can meet, exchange ideas and debate.
A fervent defender of the European project, Paul Dujardin has worked tirelessly to ensure that BOZAR becomes an essential actor within the domain of international cultural exchange and a defender of the European cultural values at the core of the European project. This commitment is evident in the active role that BOZAR plays in the European “Cultural diplomacy platform” and the “New Narrative for Europe” project, as well as the extensive cooperation with a network of partner organizations including the Goethe Institut, Culture Action Europe, EUNIC, the European Cultural Foundation and the European Foundation Centre (non exhaustive list).
Paul represents the CFA at various platforms such as the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA), the European Network of Ancient Music (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne – REMA) and ASEMUS – Asia Europe Museum Network (since September 2010). Since 2013, he is President of the Executive Board of the International Music Council (IMC) and since February 2014, he is a member of the Board of the European Festivals Association (EFA).
In acknowledgement of his tireless efforts, Paul has received numerous National and international honors: such as an honorary Doctorate from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), he has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Léopold, given the title of Knight, received a Gilt Cross of Honor from Luxembourg, a Hwagwan from the Order of Cultural Merit of Korea, an Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany, an honorary degree from Poland, a cross from the Order of Merit of Hungary, the title of Commander of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Congo and the distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
Between 1992 and 2002 Paul was CEO of the Philharmonic Society of Brussels and later he was also responsible for the yearly festival Ars Musica, dedicated to contemporary music.
He has studied Art History and Archeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and has also earned a Masters in Management from the Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool (VLEKHO).