Vaartopia Leuven

Vaartopia Leuven is a large-scale urban renewal project that aims to regenerate more than 30 hectares of the old industrial neighbourhood of the former Stella Artois brewery in Leuven in Belgium into a vibrant and creative area. The intention is to give designers, start-ups, artists, production houses, cultural associations and artisans more physical and affordable space.

The key art and creative organisations at Vaartopia at this moment include OPEK – an independent and vibrant arts centre; Cas-Co – ateliers for upcoming artists; and De Hoorn – a creative hub.

What makes the organisation unique?

The City of Leuven, AGSL, owners and users (companies, residents) of the Vaartkom are working together on a new urban dynamic to grow into a cultural and creative city with an international appeal.

What TEH activities do you belong to?

Arts Education Platform


Leuven, Belgium


  • Small Concert hall (audience capacity: less than 300), Multifunction Hall, Small Theatre (audience capacity: less than 200), Large Theatre (audience capacity: more than 200), Black box, Art Gallery, Conference Room, Meeting Room, Workshop room, Artists Studio, Rehearsal or Practice Room, Shop or other retail space, Artistic Residency Accommodation, Café / Bar, Restaurant, Co-working Space, Maker Space, Arts / Creative / Business / Social Incubator, Community Areas, Multi-purpose Space, Courtyard, Garden

  • Production, Exhibition and Programming, Education and Training, Mediation

  • Music, Theatre / Performance, Circus, Dance, Visual Arts, Multimedia and interactive Arts, Film, Crafts, Literature, Publishing, Media (Radio & TV), Advertisement and Marketing, Fashion, Design, Architecture and Urbanism, Technology, Software, IT and Gaming, Art residencies, Education, Community and Relational Arts, Democratic and civil society development, Ecology and Sustainability, Gastronomy, Entrepreneurship, Science

  • Industrial Building