The Venue: Wagehuys
The festival location is 30CC Wagehuys. This is where you will find all the workshops, shows and our Festival Center.
30CC stands for the Leuven Cultural Centers, and Wagehuys is one of them. “Wagehuys” means “wagon house” and indeed, the theater is housed in a building that hundreds of years ago, was used for storage and maintenance of horse carriages for the next-door hospital and cloister. Parts of the hospital building date back to 1080AD!
Here’s some more pictures showing inside and outside.
The Festival Center
At the venue, you will find our festival center, manned by some friendly crew members. You’ll be able to ask any questions concerning the workshops, shows, meals, Leuven, Magritte, chocolate, good coffee, …
We are happy to help you in English, Dutch, French, German or through Google Translate.
Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium. It is located about 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Brussels. It is the eight largest city in Belgium.
Leuven is home to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the oldest Catholic university still in existence. The related university hospital of UZ Leuven is one of the largest hospitals in Europe. The city is also known for being the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer. Leuven is the birth place of the famous Stella Artois beer!
Leuven is a very lively but safe town, and because of the university, a lot of young folks mill about the streets, on foot or by bike. The “Old Market” is lined with bars and cafés, and is sometimes called the world’s largest bar counter.
For more information see http://visitleuven.be (in English, French, German and Dutch)
or ask our crew at the Festival Center.
Fascinated by Magritte? Brussels has a beautiful museum dedicated to him, just a train ride away.
How to Get There
Read our Vision statement: we prefer you take public transportation!
Please don’t hesitate to ask the crew for help in finding your way.
- BY TRAIN
Leuven is easy to reach by train from Brussels (BXL). There are about 3 trains every hour from BXL Midi (also known as BXL South – which houses the TGV terminal with service to France, UK, Netherlands and Germany), BXL Central, BXL North and Brussels Airport (Zaventem).
Walking distance between trainstation and the venue is 18 minutes (1,5 km). Multiple bus lines go from the station directly to the venue.
- BY BUS
- BY CAR
If you have to take a car, there are several Leuven exits on the E314. You’ll have to park the car outside the city center.
- ONCE IN LEUVEN
Once you arrive in our cute little town, everything is reachable by foot, bus or rental bike. Leuven has no trams or metro’s.
Where to stay
- The closest accomodation, accross the street from the festival venue: Hotel Ibis
- Do you prefer to be in a youth hostel: Leuven City Hostel (in the heart of the city, 1 km from festival venue) or Blauwput (at the station of Leuven, 1.7 km from festival venue)
- The website of Leuven offers you a good overview of different kind of stays. Also go to this website for more interesting touristic information.
- AirBnB – link from march 31 to april 5 (even when outside the center, ther eare good bus connections from every main road around Leuven)
- Don’t forget Couchsurfing.com if you’re looking for a free place.
- Check the Travelling Improvisers Facebookgroup. You might find local improvisers who are happy to help you out.