'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 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

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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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 sizzles this summer with MIXITY.brussels 2017

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 to honour Belgian beer culture during several festivals

Brussels, 4 July 2017

In 2016 UNESCO recognised the important role played by beer culture in Belgian everyday life and celebrations by proclaiming it an intangible cultural heritage. Throughout the year, Brussels residents and visitors can come and discover this delicious heritage during one of Brussels’ many beer festivals.

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Brussels Flower Carpet brings Mexican cultural jewel Guanajuato to the centre of Europe

Brussels, 17 May 2018

Brussels Flower Carpet brings Mexican cultural jewel Guanajuato to the centre of Europe

For the first time in its history the Flower Carpet on the Brussels Grand-Place adopts a Latin American theme. This summer it is devoted to Guanajuato, a Mexican region with an exceptionally rich culture, history and flower tradition. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Grand-Place becoming a Unesco World Heritage site, this year visitors will also be treated to a stunning floral exhibition at the Bourse square.

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Brussels, the capital of 500 million Europeans…

Things happen in Brussels! There’s always a buzz. Not just because it’s the capital of 500 million Europeans and political decisions are made here, but also because Brussels offers you an exciting cultural, artistic and social scene... at sensible prices. It still cultivates its talent as a metropolis on a human scale and its international reputation for friendliness and sociability. It makes itself accessible to all of its many visitors: business, culture, leisure and pleasure, those escaping for a break ... whatever its purpose, a stay in Brussels is something to remember.

No matter when you come, there's always something happening here; no matter how long you stay, there are several different ways to experience the city, each with some brilliant surprises in store.

As a world city, it shows a multi-cultural character that fits it like a glove: it’s both historic and modern, of the North and of the South, and proud of its differences which it intermixes unselfconsciously.

Its cuisine rises to any challenge, its fashion is paraded on the most highly-rated catwalks, its Art Nouveau treasures offer more than 200 opportunities to admire this flourishing style and its comic strip heroes have recently become Hollywood stars.

In cooperation with, Visit.Brussels, the official Brussels Tourism&Convention Bureau (www.visitbrussels.be), Brussels Airlines and Brussels Invest&Export provide you with independent advice. Our team of experts puts you in contact with the right venues, hotels, DMCs & other service suppliers, to help you build the perfect program for your customers…or for yourself. ☺

Visit Brussels without (yet) leaving Zagreb at Place 2 Go on stand 29 March 17th to 19th 2017


Design is at the forefront in Brussels throughout the month of September

Brussels, 4 September 2017

Brussels Design September has become an unmissable date on the calendar of all design fanatics. A unique turntable for many Belgian and international designers to exchange ideas. This year, visit.brussels has decided to expand its participation in this event by supporting several original initiatives.  A good opportunity for visitors to discover the talent of designers from Brussels and abroad.

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Charles V Festival

Brussels in Renaissance times
Once again this year from May through September during the Charles V Festival, Brussels brings back the Renaissance spirit with its artistic and scientific innovations. On this occasion fifteenth century European history and heritage will be in the spotlight thanks to a full schedule of festive, cultural, and family activities planned for different locations throughout the Brussels-Capital Region.
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The Comics Festival

Brussels, 07 June 2018

The Comics Festival unveils some great new features for its 2018 edition.

To mark its 9th year, from 14–16 September 2018, the Brussels Comics Festival contains its own batch of novelties. This year the brave Alix is celebrating 70 years of existence and will be honoured right through this weekend dedicated to the 9the art.

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Frunch 2017

Every Friday lunch time chilling in the centre of Brussels

Frunch 2017 – every Friday lunch time chilling in the centre of Brussels

Frunch (FRiday – lUNCH) is set to commence its fourth edition on Friday 21 April. The Upper Town of Brussels will have another nice and cosy lunch spot right through until the end of September. Every week, Frunch is proud to present 3 food trucks, live music, a bar and a fantastic place to chill at on the courtyard of the BIP, overlooking the Place Royale in the centre of Brussels.
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Horta inside out: top exhibitions and events in 2018

Brussels, 2 March 2018

Horta inside out: top exhibitions and events in 2018

As part of “Horta inside out”, a year dedicated to this architectural genius, there will be a variety of events paying homage to the master of Art Nouveau. Among the activities, original exhibitions and events will spring up around the capital in the coming weeks. 

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