Winter Concert: The Nutcracker

Fri 22.12.23 18:00
€ 32 - 16 - 10
Sat 23.12.23 18:00
€ 32 - 16 - 10
Het Concertgebouw Brugge
West Flanders
Wed 27.12.23 15:00
€ 21 - 14 - 11

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Représentation en français avec surtitres en néerlandais le 22.12

Nederlandstalige voorstelling met Franse boventitels op 23.12



Every year, Bozar and the Belgian National Orchestra organise a heart-warming family performance just before the Christmas holidays. This year, we will venture into Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet The Nutcracker. The concert is conducted by Ryan McAdams and features videos by French illustrator and animator Grégoire Pont!

The Stahlbaum family’s Christmas party is likely to be a big disappointment for little Clara, as she only receives an old Nutcracker doll as a present. But when the clock strikes midnight, the doll comes to life... and turns out to be an enchanted prince! He takes Clara on a fantastic journey into candy land, where the Sugar Plum Fairy lives and delicacies from all over the world are celebrated: chocolate from Spain, coffee from Arabia, tea from China and candy canes from Russia.

The Belgian National Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music while actor Lucas Tavernier narrates the story and Grégoire Pont illustrates live. The enchanting drawings and frivolous animations of this French artist already made the hearts of many children beat faster, including at the Paris Philharmonie, at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, at the London Royal Festival Hall and at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.


Ryan McAdams, conductor
Grégoire Pont, live illustrations
Lucas Tavernier, narrator


© Photo by Grégoire Pont


Ryan McAdams

Equally at home in the world of opera, symphonic repertoire and contemporary music, American conductor Ryan McAdams has established a presence on both sides of the Atlantic.

Grégoire Pont

"Grégoire Pont’s remarkable work avoids easy technical effects and always sticks to the truth of text and music. Never had the meaning of 'spells' been so well embodied.

Lucas Tavernier

Lucas Tavernier is a multilingual actor from Ghent. He works fluently and regularly in French, English and Dutch, and occasionally in Italian, Spanish and other languages.