Jacque Brel

The Jacques Brel Foundation

Born on the 8th of April 1929 in Schaerbeek, one of Brussels 19 parishes, Jacques Brel has left a beautiful legacy. He started his career in 1953 with the recording of his first album which featured the titles ‘La Foire’ (‘The Fair’) and ‘Il y a’ (‘There is/are’). The following year he then recorded his 33 tours, known as ‘Grand Jacques’ (‘Big Jacques’). 1954 was the year of his first Olympia concert and this famous Parisian concert hall subsequently welcomed the artist back on a number of occasions.

This is how Jacques Brel managed to rock a whole generation with his many different songs: ‘Le plat pays’ (‘The flat country’), ‘La Valse à1000 temps’ (‘Waltz a thousand times’), ‘Ne me quitte pas’ (‘Don’t Leave me’)… songs that stay engraved in the memory of everyone. The Jacques Brel Foundation pays homage to the singer who performed his last concert at the Olympia in October 1966. The artist bid farewell to the French public before saluting the Belgium public for the last time at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels on the 15th of November.

After 55 minutes of his show (every hour), don’t hesitate to visit the reconstruction of his lodge. 

Jacques Brel Foundation
Place de la Vielle-Halle-aux-Blés 11, 1000 Bruxelles
Te.: +32(0)2 511 10 20
Opening: from Tuesday till Saturday, 10.30am to 5 pm.