Every year, over seven million tourists visit Bruges. We are guessing that the majority is very aware of the huge cultural heritage and historic buildings the Belgian city has to offer, but what they might not know is that it is one of the main places in Europe when it comes to contemporary dance. This is a great reason for us to chat with Samme Raeymaekers, who is artistic coordinator at the Concertgebouw Brugge and – amongst other things – responsible for the dance festival December Dance. “Quite some time ago, Bruges was seen as a city where only ‘old’ art could be found. Thanks to the Concertgebouw, the city has profiled itself as a place full of contemporary art.”