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BIG BANG Festival is a celebration of adventurous music and sound art for a young audience. More than 60,000 children and their families all over Europe (and since 2019 in Canada too!) find their way to the festival each year. BIG BANG is also - and above all - a festival where audience members can discover and do things for themselves. Around the Autumn holidays, De Bijloke is every year transformed into an adventurous musical labyrinth of old and new, improvised and composed sounds presented to appeal to a young audience. 

A production by Zonzo Compagnie in coproduction with De Bijloke - with the support of Klara, Vlieg, Gezinsbond, City of Ghent, Flanders, and the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Wouter Van Looy | Artistic Director, Zonzo Compagnie

About De Bijloke

Where the sick were once treated, music lovers are now pampered. Lovers of classical or contemporary music and jazz will definitely find what they’re looking for here.

De Bijloke Music Centre offers a modern take on music by embracing cross-overs with other art forms such as theatre and film, as well as children’s shows, and festival weeks centred around current themes. Each season there are over 120 concerts going on, featuring top musicians from home and abroad. Every year, over 100,000 visitors find their way to the Music Centre for concerts, courses, and debates. For jazz lovers, De Bijloke Gent Music Centre is synonymous with the renowned Gent Jazz Festival. 

About the venue

De Bijloke is an architectural marvel in the historic centre of Ghent. The site combines a 13th century grand hall with modern architecture.

Picture of De Bijloke concert hall