DE WARANDE — 'Do the Warande!', make culture accessible for everybody!
De Warande is an art and cultural centre, a centre for cooperation and an open meeting place that welcomes 250,000 people each year. Getting the best of the world to the city of Turnhout and showing the best of Turnhout and the region to the world remains its core mission. In consultation with the provincial government, de Warande continues to develop itself into a warm home for cultural experiences in all their diversity. They build a high-quality art course in which meeting others is more central than ever. In this way, they remove the psychological barriers for people to participate in culture, a priority in the cultural policy of the province of Antwerp.
"We believe that everyone should be able to find a cultural event that interests them in our programme at least once a year, and we strive to make that happen."
Under the motto: 'Do the Warande!' the focus is entirely on the visitors, as cultural people, but also as citizens. The Warande exists because of its users. They believe that art can strengthen people and society; that it can build bridges where people can meet each other openly; that art inspires, confronts, relativizes, moves, challenges, gives hope; that imagination is indispensable to question the known and show us new worlds; and that the story or the beauty of art can enrich and inspire its community. That is why they use art as a social binding agent. As the largest cultural institution in the Kempen region, the Warande has the ambition to have a regional or cross-regional impact. The choice to bring quality to a wide audience is obvious, but also showing and stimulating new and experimental work remain top priorities. Together with their partners in the so-called 'Warandemodel', they organise their own programming in the field of film, comics, children's arts, art education, contemporary architecture, young performing arts and education. De Warande would like to quickly track down social developments and support innovations with well-chosen initiatives. And in the coming years they would like to pay extra attention to organise more inclusive and diverse activities.