In his talk, Sven Gatz will speak about the important legacy of Flemish/Belgian
culture. He will pay attention to Flanders’ rich history as a center of art (symbolized
by the painter Brueghel) as well as to Flanders’ popular culture (symbolized by the
famous beer culture).
Sven Gatz is a Flemish politician and the current Minister for Culture, Youth, Media
and Brussels in the government of the Flemish Community in Belgium. Gatz studied
Law at the University of Louvain. From 1999 to 2011 he was member of the Flemish
Parliament for the Liberal Party. In 2011, he left politics to become director of the
Union of Belgian Brewers. In July 2014, he returned to politics when he became
Flemish Minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Brussels.