During the days of Dutch rule modern barracks were built in Mons (Guillaume Barracks, built in 1824-1827). Barracks for the 'chasseurs a pied' regiment,they were named 'Major Sabbe' after the First World War, and remained active until the Second World War. They subsequently housed the Jean d'Avesnes school. In 1995 it was dedicated to high artistic education. The community TV station, Télé Mons Borinage, also took up quarters here (in 2000). Every year, during the first fortnight of July, the Festival du Carré takes place there, a cultural event dedicated to creations in the scenic arts.