Right in the middle of the city, all that is best about Bruges and about life in general comes together in a unique cultural site: art and culture, culinary delight, elegant meeting and function rooms, stylish interiors and spacious outdoor terraces with a magical view of the city’s picturesque canals.
Whoever enters the Old St. John Site will be amazed by the almost tangible presence of the rich history of Bruges. This is the spot where one of the earliest infirmaries in medieval Europe once stood. During the 19th century, it was home to the St. John’s Hospital, with its large communal wards. Following the closure of the hospital in 1976, these spacious wards were restored and since 1989 have formed part of the Old St. John Congress and Event Centre. The different halls are ideally suited for the organization of congresses, trade fairs, events and social functions of all kinds.
Are you looking for knowledge, inspiration, art, some peace and quiet? Or do you just want a tasty bite to eat? One address: the Old St. John Site.
An event location with everything under one roof: in addition to easy accessibility, on-site parking (P Zonnekemeers) and a unique setting, our personal approach to your needs is our greatest strength. Experienced staff will help you to make your choice from twelve multi-functional rooms, bearing in mind your specific wishes and budget. We will provide the best possible environment and framework for your exhibition, company activity, wedding reception, fashion show, trade fair, congress or meeting. The courtyard garden adds a little extra charm and for the right culinary touch you can always rely on our in-house caterers, Traiteur Cardinal.
Imposing halls housing fascinating exhibitions, often with a surprising approach. Our constant is the Picasso exhibition: a permanent display that brings together 300 works of this famous 20th century Spanish artist, who has influenced every aspect of the art world ever since. The emphasis is on graphic art, with one of the most extensive collections in Europe, which is regularly supplemented with unique pieces from private collections. Running concurrently, there is also an exhibition of the work of Andy Warhol. In addition, Xpo Center Bruges regularly hosts temporary expositions that cover a variety of themes, such as art, science and recreation. Xpo Center already hosted Body Worlds (Körperwelten), Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Da Vinci – the inventions of a genius, and Mummies – Secrets of Ancient Egypt.
In 2020 (may-nov) Xpo Center Bruges brings a breathtaking exhibition: “The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin”. This expo shows a.o. 70 impressive real size replica’s of the famous terracotta warriors, battle chariots and horses. The expo also displays ancient Chinese art and shows a documentary. The Terracotta Army is the most important archaological discovery in the world and is also known as the eighth wonder of the world. The Terracotta Army is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.