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

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

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, 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.

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

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60 years of Gaston

Author: E.L..S/I.S./HRT, February 21, 2018

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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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

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b.creative Symposium "The financing of creative and cultural industries"

In the prestigious setting of the Museum of the Contemporary Art, aka the Zagreb Guggenheim, this event was jointly organized by the Croatian Cluster of Competitiveness of Creative and Cultural Industries  and the Brussels company Kea (Kern European Affairs - a member of b.creative and organiser of three editions (Namur 2016, Shanghai 2017, Seoul 2018).

Ivana Nikolić Popović, Chairman of the Croatian cluster of competitiveness of creative and cultural industries and Philippe Kern, CEO and founder of Kea.

Before the symposium, the Ambassador of Belgium to Croatia received the organisers, sponsors and speakers at his residence.


The cultural industry does not exist merely to entertain the public but is an important economic factor and driver of innovations, Belgium's Ambassador to Croatia Nicolaas Buyck said opening the b.creative conference on the creative industries on Friday in Zagreb.

That goes to show that we are not always aware that the creative industry exists and that cultural and artistic talent is not just to entertain the public but are also an important economic factor that one can live off, he said.

The diplomat said that in Belgium, the cultural industry does not only contribute to the economy but is also a driver of innovation and contributes to developing an engaged society.

He added that children are stimulated to be creative, however, when it comes to their future, their parents want them to become lawyers, doctors or managers and if children express a desire for some creative direction, their parents often are not too enthusiastic about that (Source: HINA).

Nicolaas Buyck, the Belgian Ambassador to Croatia

Furthermore, the event was enhanced by the presence of Mrs Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Croatian Minister of Culture who had known our Attaché since his arrival to Croatia in 2006, when she was State Secretary in charge for the Francophonie within the Ministry of Culture.

The Belgian Economic Attaché and the Croatian Minister of Culture

The third major partner was the Croatian Chamber of Economy which was represented by its President (see the photo below) and Mrs Jagoda Divić, Assistant to the Director of the Industry Sector (

At the level of speakers, you will notice that the level was very high and international, which is not that common on the events of this kind in Croatia.

In this line, Virginie Civrais, CEO of Start-Invest (, French-born but Belgian in her heart for the last 25 years, presented the possibilities of incentives for start-ups in the cultural sector.

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 ( 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, 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

Blake & Mortimer in the poster for the 2019 Comic Strip Festival and Éditions Blake & Mortimer have the pleasure to unveil the poster for the 2019 Comic Strip Festival made by none other than Brussels´ artists François Schuiten (designer) and Laurent Durieux (illustrator).

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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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Bright Brussels, Festival of Light: The 5th edition of the festival of light will illuminate the capital from 13 to 16 February 2020

Brussels, 5 November 2019

Bright Brussels, Festival of Light: The 5th edition of the festival of light will illuminate the capital from 13 to 16 February 2020

Over a weekend, Bright Brussels, Festival of Light, will place several districts of Brussels in the spotlight. Works, each one more original than the last, will adorn the capital from 13 to 16 February 2020.

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Brussels by bike

Brussels, 31 May 2019

Brussels by bike

2019 is a year like no other for Brussels. This year Brussels is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Tour de France victory of Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx, as well as being the starting point (Grand Départ) for the 2019 Tour de France. A unique occasion for the European capital to both celebrate cycling and honour its cultural heritage.

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

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 2017

Brussels, 31 May 2017

Brussels sizzles this summer with 2017
With 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, 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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