Rue de la Loi, 5 – 1000 Brussels – Belgium
The Cercle was founded in Brussels on 23 November 1847 to “provide a meeting place for lovers of the arts and literature and leading figures in the world of the arts, literature and science from Belgium and abroad, as well as a library stocked with the best newspapers and magazines”. It grew out of the Cercle des Arts founded in 1840 by the engraver Paul Lauters and composer Léon Jouret, and in 1844 established a base in the home of violinist Charles de Bériot in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (now the town hall).
Government members, ambassadors, parliamentarians, magistrates, university professors, representatives of the liberal professions, business leaders, artists and writers meet daily over lunch in the heart of the Parc Royal in Brussels in the pleasant surroundings of the Cercle Gaulois. The origins of the prestige Cercle date back to the 19th century.
The Cercle organizes exhibitions and conferences.
The Cercle Gaulois offers a convivial atmosphere where people can express themselves openly. All new ideas are of interest provided that the quality is high; the greatest artists, most brilliant speakers and most eminent statesmen are all aware of what an honour it means to be invited to the Cercle Gaulois platform to speak and they all need a common passport: an active mind.