CULTURE & CITY LIFE: newsletter 11
News from visit.brussels
Handy Events Guide - The keys to accessible events
Practical guide to organising outdoor events that are accessible to persons with reduced mobility
In an effort to do everything possible to welcome people with reduced mobility to events, visit.brussels has produced this guide in the form of a practical checklist, to be used for any event organised in a public space in the future. This guide is aimed primarily at the key stakeholders in the events field, advertisers, organisers, events agencies, and site managers and owners. It can be found here.
Picture Festival: BIP fresco
Mont des Arts - www.picturefestival.be
The Picture Festival began on 31 October and will end on 10 November. Various Mont des Arts institutions are hosting works by illustrators for the occasion, making it a unique journey. At BIP (2-4 Rue Royale, 1000 Brussels), come and discover the monumental creation by Cécile Barraud de Lagerie, Textile & Color designer.
A new look for the Tram Experience!
Have you seen it go past? This white tram that runs through the streets of Brussels, recognised by foodies from the capital and elsewhere, has welcomed more than 70,000 people aboard since it began. Having offered seven years of gastronomic discoveries in a modern, stylish setting, the Tram Experience is now undergoing a complete metamorphosis. The work has begun! The menu will feature originality, elegance and pleasure for the taste buds. In the heart of a totally redesigned setting, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the living memory of traditional Belgian cuisine, given a new twist by chefs from our three regions, and producing an unprecedented contemporary gastronomy experience.
See you soon on board the brand-new Tram Experience!
Discover Kokotte, the first pop-up restaurant in Brussels
Rue des Bouchers 30, 1000 Brussels
hub.brussels is launching Kokotte, a pop-up to promote new hospitality projects. Opening a business is an adventure that can be difficult. In this context, the pop-up restaurant of hub.brussels aims to allow candidates to test their concept and thus discover the reality of the land in a 72 m2 equipped restaurant in the heart of Brussels. Every 4 months, you will have the opportunity to discover a new occupant and therefore a new culinary concept!
Place Rouppe 10, 1000 Brussels - https://pastamadre.be
It's all about the sourdough (pastamadre in Italian) at this new address on Place Rouppe, which offers pizzas made with natural sourdough from the wort of lambics from the Cantillon brewery. These pizzas will be accompanied, as they should be, by craft beers and natural wines.
Rue Dejoncker 21, 1060 Brussels - www.nenu.be
Only just open and already very popular, Nénu embodies the younger generation of Asian canteens, alongside Old Boy and Yi Chan. Nénu offers wonderful Vietnamese dishes and amazing cocktails in a contemporary decor that hits just the right note.
Rue de la Fauvette 17, 1180 Brussels
Damien Bouchery's new project. Eco-responsible restaurant that offers an old-fashioned cuisine based on local and seasonal products.
Chaussée de Saint-Job 666, 1180 Brussels
Menu signed by Benjamin Laborie (former chef of Colonel and currently Red Water* in Waterloo). Bistro spirit and french cuisine.
Avenue Jules de Trooz 13, 1150 Brussels - www.facebook.com/CoinCoinresto/
At CoinCoin, diners do not eat duck but rather beautifully prepared pasta and other transalpine delicacies, with friends, in an elegant atmosphere with a beautiful woody aroma.
Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels - https://www.facebook.com/ThePoetBrussels/
The Poet is a multifaceted establishment in an elegant and refined setting. A varied buffet is served for breakfast. At lunchtime, there is an antipasti buffet. In the evenings, traditional cuisine, both classic and contemporary, is served. Don't miss the delicious cocktails!
Ixelles: the university district
This autumn, visit.brussels is showcasing the university district of Ixelles on social networks and the agenda.brussels website. A promotional campaign highlights the favourites of four district ambassadors, as well as events, heritage and neighbourhood life.
The district has so much to offer in addition to its university: cultural life, venues for foodies, innovative urban projects, sustainable initiatives, etc. All this in a multicultural, intergenerational context. Watch the videos made by our ambassadors and discover the district’s gems here.
Greeters: new promotional video
The Brussels Greeters, passionate local volunteers, will take you off the beaten track to discover different neighbourhoods of Brussels.
Discover the Sainte-Catherine district with Déna - discussions and a friendly atmosphere are guaranteed! Click here.
Booking required/maximum 6 people/totally free.
To book: https://visit.brussels/en/sites/greeters/
Winter excursions in Spanish
Several guided tours in Spanish will be added to the Brussels offer this winter. Buendia Tours offers you the opportunity to taste local specialities and experience the magic of the Christmas market Noël (every Thursday and Saturday at noon). Bravo Discovery guides you through the most important sights in the city centre (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5pm). And let Viva's Tours introduce you to the best Belgian beers. Bookings online: between 18€ and 30€ per visit. In short, there is something for everyone! Check out visit.brussels/navidad for more information.
Bazaar Trottoir - GRL PWR
Meet elegant businesswomen who are passionate about Brussels. The guided tour does not just take place on the pavements, it also gives visitors the opportunity to discover the world of these female entrepreneurs. In Dutch: 2:30, 25€. For more information: www.bazaartrottoir.be/?lang=en
Night-time - Brussels Town Hall
On 26 and 27 December, the City of Brussels’ Town Hall will open its doors in the evening. During these exclusive evenings, discover the history of the Town Hall and its impressive rooms: the council chamber, the wedding hall, the Gothic hall, the main staircase and the waiting room of the Mayor's office. In English, Frenchand Dutch. 6€. Booking online. Information and tickets.
The Barlok, an independent underground concert hall on Allée du Kaai, has closed its doors. It opened in 2014 and hosted around 30 concerts a year.
Brussels Mobility Store : showcasing Brussels’s mobility
Boulevard Anspach 24, 1000 Brussels – www.mobilitystore.brussels
Located in the Anspach Gallery, the Brussels Mobility Store is a 1,000m2 physical contact point entirely dedicated to mobility. For two months, citizens and companies can find concrete answers to a wide range of mobility questions. A special track allows you to safely test scooters, bicycles, gyro-pods and other devices. A virtual reality space allows you to experiment road safety.
Superheroes never die. Comics and Jewish Memories • 08/11 > 26/04/2020
Jewish Museum of Belgium - www.mjb-jmb.org
A society in crisis always needs its superheroes. When they first started, comics echoed the issues of migration and the Jewish identity of their American authors, but what is their role today? The exhibition traces the evolution of the American and European comic strip and shows how superheroes have changed and adapted in order to address contemporary issues.
Roger Ballen – Ronny Delrue • 14/11 > 14/03/2020
CENTRALE for contemporary art - www.centrale.brussels
The South African photographer presents a Brussels version of his “Ballenesque” project: installations based on places he has photographed, recreated in the host city. His early black-and-white works explored the human spirit of outsiders in South Africa. In 2003, he abandoned portraiture; his ambitious later explorations of the human psyche mix graffiti, found objects, animals, and broken bodies.
Punk Graphics: Too Fast to Live too Young to Die • 20/11 > 26/04/2020
Adam - Brussels Design Museum - www.adamuseum.be
The exhibition, based on a private collection from New York, explores the unique visual idiom of the punk movement from the mid 1970s to the 1980s through the icons of its graphic universe: flyers, posters, albums, etc. Examining punk created by both professional and amateur designers, the visitor will get to take a closer look at the fashion, contemporary visual art, archival images, videos, and a participatory “concert hall” where they can DJ their own vinyl playlist.
Dotremont and the Surrealists. A wartime youth (1940-1948) • 26/11 > 09/02/2020
BELvue Museum – www.belvue.be
Christian Dotremont, founder of the post-war Cobra art movement and creator of ‘logograms’, began his career on the eve of the Second World War. At the age of seventeen, he became a member of the Brussels Surrealists, led by René Magritte. Through the works of Dotremont and other surrealists of the period, as well as through films, magazines and photographs, this exhibition recounts the troubled and little known history of Brussels Surrealism.
Balthasar Burkhard - Photographies 1969-2009 • 27/11 > 02/02/2020
Botanique – www.botanique.be
Le Botanique dedicates a monographic exhibition to the Swiss photographer and artist Balthasar Burkhard. The exhibition is the first large-scale exhibition of the artist's work by a Belgian institution and is in line with the exhibitions shown at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Fotomuseum and the Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur and the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.
Bruxelles Sur Scènes • 01/11 > 30/11
Several locations - www.bruxellessurscenes.be
This annual festival celebrating the city’s cafe-theatres showcases small theatres and cabarets all over Brussels that may often go unnoticed by many. More than twenty venues feature, offering stand-up, jazz concerts, magic, humour, improvisation, and more. A pass for all that local, authentic, original culture costs only about €20.
Ars Musica - 30 years • 02/11 > 29/11
Several locations - www.arsmusica.be
Ars Musica is exceptionally back in an odd year to celebrate its 30th birthday. The festival will offer a diverse programme in iconic Brussels venues such as BOZAR, Botanique, Théâtre de la Balsamine, Senghor ... and for the first time, le Palace.
Les Garages Numériques • 07/11 > 11/11
Brussels stock exchange - www.lesgaragesnumeriques.com
Les Garages Numériques present the third edition of their festival dedicated to digital and electronic cultures. The event will be held in the Stock Exchange building of Brussels from november 7th to 11th 2019. The works of 35 visual and sound artists will be presented, among which Louise Bourgois, Ann Veronica Janssens, Batu and Aisha Devi.
Fifty Fifty Lab – A Smart Curation Festival • 07/11 > 08/11
Several locations - https://fiftyfiftylab.com
On the 7th and 8th of November, FiftyFifty Lab will take place at 5 key locations in Brussels (Ancienne Belgique, La Madeleine, Bonnefooi, Archiduc, FFormaTT). With just one unique wristband, the participants will be able to go from location to location discovering the bands of tomorrow. The festival’s lineup will be carefully curated by 20 of the finest festivals in Europe. So be prepared to discover Primavera, Dour, or Dekmantel's musical crushes!
Pink Screens Film Festival • 07/11 > 16/11
Several locations – www.pinkscreens.org
Ten days and nights to overcome prejudices about gender, identity, and sexuality. This festival of queer cinema presents feature films and shorts, documentaries and fiction, and experimental films, both Belgian and international. It also offers exhibitions, discussions, and encounters. The closing Pink Night is a homage to the queer music scene.
Brussels International Tattoo Convention • 08/11 > 10/11
Tour & Taxis - www.brusselstattooconvention.be
On top of the over 350 International high-level tattoo artists showing their art, you can expect a weekend full of concerts, bikini oil wrestling, art auctions, fashion shows, free tattoo lotteries, Burlesque shows, arm wrestling contests, aerial acts, tattoo contests and much more!
Bozar Night • 10/11
BOZAR – www.bozar.be
Combine the pleasure of a visit to an exhibition with the excitement of an electronic music concert that goes on until the wee hours! This cult event is a meeting place for anyone who loves mixing art and great music.
BAFF Brussels Art Brussels Art Film Festival • 14/11 > 17/11
BOZAR - www.baffestival.be
The BAFF - Brussels Art Film Festival - presents a national competition for art documentaries with a link to Belgium, international films out of competition, screenings for young audiences, and meetings.
Schiev: A Simple Music Festival • 15/11 > 17/11
Beursschouwburg - http://schiev.com
Whether electronic or acoustic, traditional or futuristic, Schiev offers a broad vision of avant-garde pop music. Diversity and discovery are at the core of their artistic programme.
Interclassics Brussels • 15/11 > 17/11
Brussels Expo - www.interclassics.be
The 5th edition of InterClassics Brussels pays tribute to five of the most legendary car designers in history with a unique collection of fifteen classic cars designed by Pininfarina, Bertone, Zagato, Touring and Ghia. The 100th anniversary of Bentley is the exhibition’s second theme.
Cocoon • 15/11 > 18/11
Brussels Expo - www.cocoon.be
Cocoon brings together the latest trends and new collections, in furniture, accessories and decorative objects as well as in floors, wallpapers and lighting. More than 200 exhibitors and specialists are present to help you to rethink your home.
Kunstendag voor Kinderen • 17/11
Various locations – www.kunstendagvoorkinderen.be
Kunstendag voor kinderen (Children's Art Day) is a special day on which children and their parents can experience art in all its disciplines. Cultural organisations throughout Flanders and in Brussels organise many recreational activities for children under twelve. Their parents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters are also welcome.
L-Festival • 21/11 > 30/11
Several locations – www.rainbowhouse.be
Ten days of lesbian culture, workshops, parties and feminism. A rich and varied programme to unite the LGBT community, queer moviegoers, pansexual hikers, festive feminists and allies of all kinds!
Nationa(a)l Artist Supermarket • 28/11 > 15/12
Vanderborght building - www.nationalstore.be
An exhibition, an immersive experience and a curated artist supermarket dedicated to the promotion of the Belgian creative & cultural industries. The NATIONA(A)L Artist Supermarket is a multidisciplinary market that will sell works by a stellar range of Belgian artists, designers, artisans, creatives and cultural initiatives from fields as diverse as the plastic arts, design, fashion, publishing, music, cinema, performance, food and the digital arts.