Saturday 27 August to Sunday 30 October 2011
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays: 10:00 to 18:00
Saturdays: 10:00 to 22:00


Do you want to share your Contour experiences with others, find out more about the biennial or enjoy a drink? Visit the Contour Foyer at the Mechelen Cultural Centre (venue 10).


It takes about three hours to visit all the venues at Contour 2011, which means you can easily visit the biennial in half a day. So there’s plenty of time for more of Mechelen.


  • €10
  • €7 Mechelen residents | -25 | +60 | unemployed | disabled persons | groups of 10 persons or more
  • €2 UiTpass | CJP | teacher card | pupil and student card
  • free for children up to 12 years old


Station building Mechelen-Nekkerspoel (venue 1)
Ontvoeringsplein 12

UiT in Mechelen

Hallestraat 2 – 6
+32 (0)70 22 28 00

Group reservations only through UiT in Mechelen


You can reach Mechelen cheaply and greenly by train. Admission to Contour 2011 can be purchased as part of a B-excursion with NMBS (combination ticket for train plus admission to biennial).

The B-excursion can be bought at any Belgian railway station. Info can be found at


  • Duration: a two hour tour which passes through some of the main sites of Contour 2011
  • Language: Dutch/French/English
  • Number: 10 to 20 persons per guide
  • Price: €60 (tickets not included)


Reservation + tickets:

UiT in Mechelen


On Saturday evenings, Contour 2011 is open until 22:00.

Special nocturnal visits for organisations and businesses are possible upon request.

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  • Contour + boat trip on the river Dijle: receive €1 off the price of a boat trip when you present your Contour ticket
  • Contour + Toy Museum: receive €1 off the price of a ticket for the Toy Museum when you present your Contour ticket
  • Contour + visit St Rumbold’s Tower: receive €2 off the price of a ticket for the St Rumbold’s Tower when you present your Contour ticket

Reservations boat trip and St Rumbold’s Tower:

UiT in Mechelen

Contour + hotel package:

Get two tickets for Contour and one night’s stay in a charming room in the Martin’s Patershof hotel for the reduced rate of €139 for two people. Book through Martin’s Patershof hotel, and mention the reservation code: Contour.



  • 3 August – 11 September. ‘Moving Stories’
  • 27 August – 30 October. ‘TROMPE LE MONDE’
  • 9 September – 30 October. ‘Rock in Mechelen. De Contouren’
  • 11 September. Open Monumentendag (Heritage Day)
  • 18 September. UiT zonder UiTlaat
    + season opening Mechelen Cultural Centre
  • 30 September, 20:15. Performance ‘contre-jour’ by Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer in de Sint-Pieter-en-Paulkerk (venue 6)
  • 14,15 and 16 October. ‘Rockville’
  • 29 October, 20u. Full House ‘Sound and Vision’
    performances and concerts
  • 30 October. Finissage Contour 2011
  • CONTOUR 2013: 24 augustus – 27 oktober 2013


Are you in the mood to see more of Mechelen? Want to dive into another museum after your visit to the biennial? Fancy a drink and a bite to eat? Or do you simply want to explore the city?

Contour offers more of Mechelen: cosy cafés and restaurants, surprising art galleries and exhibitions, beautiful walks, fashionable boutiques, quality bookstores, a unique hotel…Contour has selected a range of interesting places in Mechelen, especially for the Contour visitor who wants to get more out of a day in the city.

Image: Milo Profi