Bright Brussels, Festival of Light

Bright Brussels, Festival of Light: for the 4th time, this festival will light the centre of Brussels from 14 to 17 February 2019.

For an entire weekend in February, Bright Brussels, Festival of Light will illuminate various quarters at the centre of Brussels. From the docks, the Nouveau Marché aux Grains right up to the Béguinage, many original works will brighten up the capital from 14 to 17 February 2019.

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"Digital Spring" is coming to Brussels

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 12 February 2019

 

“Digital Spring” is coming to Brussels from 22 to 24 March 2019

On the initiative of Brussels’ Minister-President, Brussels’ first ever Digital Spring will be taking place from 22 to 24 March in Brussels. Inspired by a recent royal mission to Canada, the event will be totally free of charge and open to everyone. The goal is to showcase the Brussels-based stakeholders who are committed to developing digital creativity.

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"We are fashion": Belgian designers will be in the spotlight starting this October

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 5 October 2018

"We are fashion": Belgian designers will be in the spotlight starting this October

A veritable hub of fashion innovation, Brussels is giving Belgian and international design top billing with several flagship events that will spice up the months of October and November.

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'Am I a European?' 60 artists. 60 answers


60 artists from all over the European Union will soon be using 60 creations to attempt to answer to the question of what exactly ‘European identity’ means. The works of art were printed on banners and will be placed on different construction sites in Brussels' European quarter. The project's four partners visit.brussels, URBANA, Beliris and Cofinimmo will give an exclusive preview of the printed artworks on 16 May, following the presentation of the MIXITY AWARDS in Brussels' Horta gallery. The full series of works will, along with cultural and tourist information, be posted from August 2017 on two major construction sites in the European neighborhood.

 
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15th edition of the European Week of Regions and Cities (Open Days)

Brussels hosts the 15th edition of European Week of Regions & Cities

From 9 to 12 October, the European Week of Region and Cities is organised in Brussels.
 
The capital will welcome some 6,000 officials from regional and city administrations, as well as many experts and academics.
 
The headline of this year: “Regions and Cities working for a better future”...
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5th European SME transfer summit in Luxembourg


TRANSEO, THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR SME TRANSFER, ORGANIZES THE 5TH EUROPEAN SME TRANSFER SUMMIT IN LUXEMBOURG.

Transeo is an international non-profit association (aisbl), set up in December 2010.

Transeo gathers experts (private, institutional and academic) active on transfer (sale/acquisition) of businesses (SMEs).

The association stimulates the exchange of good practices between its Members and the identification of solutions to business transfer problems.

Transeo also facilitates cross-border transfers of SMEs.

Besides, Transeo works with the European institutions, in particular the EU Commission and is in line with the policy statements of the EU Commission relating to business transfer.

For further information : http://www.transeo-association.eu

This year, on May 17th and 18th in Luxembourg, Transeo organizes the 5th European SME Transfer Summit.

For further information, programme, speakers, fees and registration, see http://www.smetransfersummit.eu/


60 years of Gaston

Author: E.L..S/I.S./HRT, February 21, 2018
Source: http://magazin.hrt.hr/431050/60-godina-stripa-gaston

Probably, there are only few of those who never enjoyed reading comics. There are different heroes in them, but also anti-heroes. One of them is certainly Gaston Lagaffe, a Belgian 'anti-hero' strip celebrating its 60th birthday. In Croatia, a movie about it will be released soon. 

The French Institute has a fun show opened. It is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Belgian comics Gaston. In line with the Brisel exhibition, the Belgian Embassy in Croatia and Zagreb's publisher of this popular comic reminded Croatian comic strip lovers of the humorous Gaston.

Gaston, one of the most famous products of the Belgian-French school of comics, was more than 60 years old conceived as an anti-hero, the most common booklet that was supposed to fill the gaps in Spiru's magazine, a very popular strip magazine today, says Krešimir Maligec, editor of the Croatian edition Gaston. Gaston became so popular among readers that he was quickly overwhelmed and got his own comic magazine and started to go out and collect we can already tell tens of millions of fans around the world.

One of these fans is Mr. Antonio Garcia, a Belgian with a Croatian address. He encouraged this exhibition, and his experience of Gaston was interesting. Gaston Lagaffe could be the protector of the lazy people in the office, he does everything except work, he reads, he inventes, does everything, and sleeps mostly, and yet he is the philosopher worried about the welfare of his neighbour, colleague, but in his own way, Antonio Garcia, a Belgian attaché consider.

Croatian readers and fans met with Gaston in the early 80's of the last century through the popular comic strip that was then released and massively bought on kiosks, and somewhere in the late 1980s the hard-pressed strip albums were done. 

The war stopped much of everything, and so did Gaston, but ten years ago, one of the publishers re-launched his release. Out of a total of 19 volumes, has been published so far 15 and one special.

Gaston's film will soon be released in Croatian cinemas. It also celebrates the round anniversary of that hero who 60 years ago was created by one of the most famous Belgian comic draftsman.

Andre Franquin, in 1957 began to design Gaston as an addition, and later as a stand-alone figure in comics. Gaston became popular so required his own drawing studio. He was soon joined by a writer of scenarios. At this exhibition it is possible to read few things about them, to see its development, explains Maligec. 

Gaston overlived his creator. But he can be proud because he has created a hero strip or more precisely the anti-hero loved by all generations, both today's children and those older than Gaston himself.


The 8th edition of Brussels' Comic Book Festival drew nearly 100,000 persons this year


The Comic Book Festival kicked off the 2017 autumn season by animating this first weekend and closed Sunday with clearly positive results, proving once again that Brussels is a worthy representative of the Ninth Art on the international scene.
 
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8th annual Comic Strip Festival

Brussels is holding its 8th annual Comic Strip Festival from 1st to 3 September 2017

PRESS KIT
Brussels, June 2017

For its 8th running, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival is marking the occasion with its fair share of new things. Beyond the traditional Balloon's Day Parade, conferences, and autographs, the event will literally expand its scope. The festival will award Europe's biggest prizes, offer premiere film and manga screenings, madcap performances, and many other original activities.

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9th HTI Conference

The 9th HTI Conference will be held 26-27 November 2018, in Brussels.

HTI Conference, the Largest European Event and a No.1 meeting point for top professionals is launching a 24 hour condense concept in Brussels during the European Tourism Day.

  • B2G sessions with industry leaders and high officials in the European Parliament premises hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Ruža Tomašić (by invitation only)
  • B2B meetings at the Square Brussels Convention Centre

For further information, see https://www.hticonference.com/


Belgian Beers in Slavonia

In the framework of the Month of Francophonie (March 2017), our Attaché was honoured and pleased to support the presentation of several Belgian breweries by Mr. Andréas Radoux.
 
Saturday March 25th, the founder of AR Pivo Import (https://www.facebook.com/AR-) and his son Arnaud ended up another Croatian Road Show.

This time, the Francophonie lead our Belgian Beer Poets from Zagreb to Split and from Dubrovnik to Osijek.

In front of some 40 enlightened amateurs, Dr Pivo scanned our minds and concluded that the best anti-stress therapy was… brewing beer.
 
Therefore, we knew it all before tasting several Belgian craft beers : Malheur (Flanders), Petrus Aged Red (Flanders), and mostly the big discovery: Impératrice (Wallonia).

Have to mention two beautiful absents: Sara and Joseph, brewed in the small city of Silenrieux.

Thanks to the owner of the Kafić Uzdravlje (Cheers Café, whose name comes from a very popular American series of the 1980’s) we noticed that several Belgian beers were already put forward.

We hope that the beers of AR Pivo Import will be sooner or later distributed by another famous local stakeholder : Mr. Tibor Kainz, owner of the Kušaonica Piva (Beer Tasting House) and of the web shop http://gajba.hr, which sells a range of more than 150 special beers.
 
Last but not least, the surprise took the shape of a Croatian-Belgian lady whose belgitude and francophonie charmed more than one, the undersigned in first place.
 
Mrs. Ivana Šojat is not only a novel writer, a famous publisher and much awarded translator, she is also candidate to the Town Hall of Osijek in the municipal elections of May 2017.


Antonio Garcia, Andréas Radoux and Ivana Šojat


Belgian fish exporters in Zagreb

Friday, 14th of October 2016
 
... as from 9 am, a delegation of Belgian fish exporters visited Zagreb. During this visit, individual meetings were held, in Hotel „Dubrovnik" (Gajeva 1, Zagreb – first floor), between representatives of Belgian and Croatian companies about the possibilities of starting fruitful business relations.
 
 
For any additional information, feel free to contact us on office@beltrade-croatia.com, tel. +385 1 4577 444 or fax +385 1 4577 445.

Bright Brussels, Festival of Light


Bright Brussels, Festival of Light: The 3rd Festival of Lights will illuminate a number of emblematic venues in the centre of the capital.

From 22 to 25 February 2018, at nightfall, Bright Brussels, Festival of Lights will light up a number of districts in the centre of Brussels. From the quay district to the Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains, by way of the Béguinage, installations, some more unusual than others, will light up the capital.

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Brussels will be getting in a festive mood with the Electro Night and concerts 100% made in Belgium

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 5 April 2019

Brussels will be getting in a festive mood with the Electro Night and concerts 100% made in Belgium

In addition to the many activities offered from 1-5 May to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Brussels-Capital Region and 150 years of the tram, the Iris Festival will also be show-piecing the music scene. On Friday, the revellers and other electronic music lovers will take control of the biggest dance floor in Brussels. On Saturday, an evening of 100% Belgian concerts will also take place on the Place des Palais.

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Brussels sizzles this summer with MIXITY.brussels 2017

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 31 May 2017

 
Brussels sizzles this summer with MIXITY.brussels 2017
With MIXITY.brussels 2017 being the highlight of the summer, the temperatures in Brussels Capital Region will be sizzling from June to September. Brussels is characterised by diversity and the activities on offer will be, in the coming months even more than usual, as well.
 
From outdoor events such as festivals, guided tours and sporting activities, to pop-up bars, indoor events and exhibitions: there is something for everyone. Visitors who wish to stay longer can enjoy various hotel promotions this summer. Brussels is ready for a sizzling summer season.
 
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Brussels by designers, the new favourite guide

Brussels by designers, the new favourite guide

visit.brussels, in collaboration with 4 Brussels creators, has published an original guide for design, styling and aesthetics aficionados.  It's a great way to get off the beaten track and discover original and authentic places.

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Brussels commemorates René Magritte

In 2017, it has been 50 years since the death of René Magritte. Brussels will take this opportunity to put its most famous surrealist artist in the spotlight. Fans of the artist will have plenty to look forward to in Brussels this year. In addition to several temporary exhibitions, they will have the opportunity to walk in Magritte's footsteps, visiting his private residence and favourite haunts, the Greenwich and "Het Goudblommeke in Papier".

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Brussels WINTER 2019

News from visit.brussels

Digital Spring
22/03/2019-24/03/2019 – Kanal

The first edition of Digital Spring, inspired by Printemps Numérique in Montreal, will be held at the Kanal-Centre Pompidou. This free event will offer many diverse and varied activities: exhibitions, augmented reality experiments, introductions to code, video game creation, etc. The opening evening at the Hotel de la Poste at Tour & taxis will be unmissable, with a show combining artificial intelligence and classical music. Free admission (be advised, places are limited for the opening show).
http://printempsnumerique.brussels  

Kids love heritage
Children love heritage too! Brussels' major heritage sites reveal their history in a way that is appropriate for a young audience (from 6 to 13 years old). Explanatory flyers with both text and visual content are available at the venue entrances. The Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula and the Halle Gate are the first two buildings to benefit from this tool. Check out the documents on site!

Brussels honours Bruegel in 2019
Brussels and Bruegel are inextricably linked. To commemorate the 450th anniversary of the death of the great Dutch-Flemish master, several exhibitions and original activities will be offered to visitors throughout the year. Several organisations will schedule Bruegel guided walks that take in all the places related to his history and the fascinating era during which he lived.
It's a great opportunity to (re)discover the monumental work of one of the greatest Dutch-Flemish painters of the 16th century.
www.bruegel.brussels
Brochure available in FR, NL , EN & DE

 

Events

Find these events and many others on www.agenda.brussels

BRUSELAS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL • 7 - 10 March
BOZAR - www.bozar.be 

The Bruselas Flamenco Festival welcomes one of the most eminent flamenco dancers of her generation, Rafaela Carrasco. All of her performances are gems, combining outstanding technical skill with visual perfection.

MADE IN ASIA • 8 - 10 March
Brussels Expo - www.madeinasia.be  

A mix of fun and culture, this event occupies a whole hall at Brussels Expo. It offers screenings, concerts, fashion shows, cosplay, courses, workshops, plus a huge shopping space. There are also hundreds of consoles, computers, and hi-tech equipment letting you discover the latest games or rediscover those of the past.

COLLECTIBLE • 13 - 17 March
Vanderborght building - www.collectible.design 

Collectible, a new and unique fair dedicated exclusively to 21st century contemporary collectible design, will be hosting its second edition in the centre of Brussels. Conceived as a unifying platform and an exclusive meeting point in the heart of Europe, Collectible brings together renowned international galleries and designers, all at the forefront of creativity.

PERFORMATIK • 13 - 23 March
Various locations – www.kaaitheater.be  

Performatik – Brussels’ performance art biennale – puts the spotlight on contemporary performance art or live art in cooperation with a great many Brussels partners. The historical backdrop of Performatik19 is the Bauhaus movement, which emerged 100 years ago.

LADYFEST BXL • 15 - 17 March  
Brass – www.lebrass.be 
 
An inclusive transdisciplinary feminist festival including performances, debates, shows, workshops, concerts and more.

CREATIVA • 14 - 17 March
Brussels Expo - www.brussels.creativa.eu
 
The DIY fair for creative leisure with 200 exhibitors and special workshops.

CAKE & SUGAR • 15 - 17 March
Brussels Expo - www.brussels.creativa.eu

Brussels’ second cake design and pastry fair.

PHOTO DAYS • 15 - 17 March
Brussels Expo - www.photodays.be 

Professional fair dedicated to the photography, video and image industry.

DRONE DAYS • 15 - 17 March
Brussels Expo - www.drone-days.be
 
A place for exchange, open to professionals of the drone market, pilots and high-tech enthusiasts.

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR (AAF) BRUSSELS • 14 - 17 March
Tour & Taxis – www.affordableartfair.com
  
The Brussels edition of the Affordable Art Fair hosts more than 90 Belgian and international galleries. Food and drink are available, and the event also includes talks, workshops, and children’s activities.

BANAD - Brussels Art Nouveau and Art Deco Festival • 13 - 31 March
Various locations - www.banad.brussels
 
BANAD celebrates the variety of buildings built in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles in Brussels. The programme includes concerts, films, exhibitions, and cultural events, as well as guided tours inside buildings not usually open to the public and guided tours on foot, by bicycle, and by coach. 

OFFSCREEN FESTIVAL • 13 - 31 March 
Various locations - www.offscreen.be
 
The 12th edition of Brussels’ most adventurous film festival: three weeks of more than 60 cutting-edge movies, from cult classics and unusual B-movies to contemporary work from authentic independent filmmakers.

KLARAFESTIVAL • 14 - 29 March
Various locations - www.klarafestival.be
  
The Klarafestival includes concerts, music theatre, multidisciplinary performances, operas, and more. Connections are made with other art forms, including the visual arts and film. The festival owes much to cultural partnerships with major music and arts institutions in Brussels, as well as ad hoc partnerships with many others.

LEZARTS URBAINS • 21 March - 7 April 
Various locations - www.lezarts-urbains.be

Dance, slam, rap, workshops, graffiti guided tours, creators’ markets, DJ sets… Forget your screens and come and experience Hip Hop for real, in all four corners of the capital.

DIGITAL SPRING • 22 - 24 March
Various locations - www.digitalspring.brussels
 
The first edition of Digital Spring will be a genuine immersive experience introducing the public to various technologies and digital creation. On the opening night at Hotel de la Poste Tour & Taxis, no less than 40 musicians from the Brussels Philharmonic will be interpreting compositions generated by artificial intelligence and inspired by great classical composers. On 23 and 24 March, Digital Spring sets up shop at Kanal-Centre Pompidou to offer several original activities: an exhibition, augmented reality and coding initiation workshops.

MILLENIUM - Festival international du film documentaire • 22 - 30 March
Various locations - www.festivalmillenium.org
  
With the backing of the UN, this festival of documentary film, attended by many directors, aims to promote the Millennium Goals via discussions, talks, masterclasses, and screenings of dozens of films.

BRUSSELS DESIGN MARKET • 23 - 24 March
Tour & Taxis - www.designmarket.be
  
The Brussels Design Market is a sort of flea market devoted to design, for the most part from the 1950s to the early 1980s. Twice a year, in March and in September, Brussels Design Market welcomes a hundred or so exhibitors from all over Europe, both professionals and amateur design-lovers, exhibiting in a relaxed setting.

PASSA PORTA FESTIVAL • 28 - 31 March 
Various locations - www.passaporta.be
 
Over the course of a weekend, more than 100 Belgian and international writers, both established names and emerging talents, share their ideas and passion for literature in cafes, theatres, bookshops, libraries, and other public spaces.

GRAND DEPART TOUR DE FRANCE • 28 - 31 March
Variouslocations – www.brusselsgranddepart.com
 

From the 28th to the 31st of March, we celebrate the final 100 days before the Grand Départ 2019 of the Tour de France! On the programme: the official launch in the presence of Eddy Merckx, a ‘Bike Village’ at the De Brouckère and its surroundings with, amongst other things, a film screening, music, entertainment for young and old, walks, shows and the inauguration of the info point at the Maison du Tour. And last but not least, there is the opening of the Eddy Merckx Square in Woluwe-St-Pierre.

LA DELIRANTE • 28 March - 7 April 
Vanderborght Building - www.waaweareartists.com
 
WAA! "We Are Artists" is a showcase for today’s creativity. Several artistic events of various disciplines will take place in the exhibition space and thus transform WAA! into a cultural nest for 10 wonderful days.

 

Discover the City: guided tours

D-100 Grand Départ of the Tour de France 
31/03/2019

To celebrate the 100 days preceding the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, Brussels' tour guides has mobilised to organise guided tours starting from the Maison du Tour on Place de Brouckere! These walks are free and will start between 9:00 and 10:00 on 31 March. Pro Vélo will introduce you to its exclusive tour about Eddy Merckx, Once in Brussels will set off along the time trial route on electric bikes and cactus.brussels invites you on a tour about Brussels' cycling culture. Get your cycling shorts ready!
Info

 

Foodies

Café Tulipant
Elegantly retro atmosphere in this new brewery on Place Fernand Cocq. In addition to breakfasts and brunches, the young chef also offers refined lunches. An address that will quickly become a favourite.
https://cafetulipant.be

Crème
Crème is an espresso bar inspired by the Australian lifestyle that also serves pancakes, avocado on toast, lobster roll, eggs on toast, buddha bowls, Acai bowls and granola.
www.facebook.com/cremebrussels 

Otomat
A new place to enjoy original pizzas in the Sainte-Catherine neighbourhood. You'll find beer in the dough and Liège syrup as a topping... Curious? Come and try it out!
https://otomat.be/ 

 

New concepts

Ballon Rouge Collective
New space that hosts various international contemporary art galleries.
Place du Jardin aux Fleurs 2, 1000 Bruxelles - www.ballonrougecollective.com 

La Maison de Rendez-vous 
A collaborative space of 4 contemporary art galleries. A real crossroads that promotes exchanges and connections between artists.
Avenue Jef Lambeaux 23, 1060 Bruxelles - www.lamaisonderendezvous.com

 

Miscellaneous

Green Key Label
GoodPlanet, Inter-Environnement Wallonie (IEW), visit.brussels and the Brussels Hotels Association (BHA) are joining forces to strengthen the development of the Green Key labelling programme in Brussels. Currently, more than 20% of Brussels hotel rooms are recognised through this label. Recognition was also granted to several emblematic Brussels events venues and meeting rooms in collaboration with Brussels Special Venues. For 13 years, Green Key has been leading the way in sustainable tourism and recreation.
www.green-key.be 


Brussels pays tribute to Bruegel in 2019

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 17 January 2019

Brussels pays tribute to Bruegel in 2019

Brussels and Bruegel are inextricably linked. To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the death of the great Flemish master, several exhibitions and original activities will be on offer to visitors throughout the year. A great opportunity to (re)discover the colossal work of the greatest Flemish painter of the 16th century

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Brussels in -Geek- Mode

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 7 February 2019

Brussels in "Geek" Mode 

From March onwards, Brussels will be celebrating pop culture with a host of events and activities.  From Comic Con Brussels to BIFFF and even the Brussels Games Festival, fans of the genre will be spoiled for choice.

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