Alden Biesen


The Landcommanderij Alden Biesen is a historic castle with a European mission. It is state cultural centre, a conference and seminar centre and is part of the Ministry of Culture, Art & Heritage agency of the Flemish government. The centre aims to be an international cultural and educational centre and has high quality infrastructure, boarding and meeting facilities. The centre is also famous as a touristic place and for its high level international cultural events: open air opera, international storytelling festival etc.

Alden Biesen is a European education hub. The centre organizes and runs national and international courses, seminars and conferences on European issues, international project management, networking, European citizenship, validation of non-formal learning, learning in heritage contexts and storytelling.

Alden Biesen has coordinated a number of Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ projects on e.g. applied storytelling, acquisition of key competences through heritage education, professional development of heritage interpreters, validation of non-formal learning in heritage contexts etc.

Alden Biesen is also a historic monument with a daily scheme and programme for visits of adults and school groups. It is a ‘Storytelling castle’ a knowledge and support centre for storytelling in Europe. The centre also organises the biggest multilingual storytelling festival in Europe.