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KULTURA & GRADSKI ŽIVOT: newsletter#6
News from visit.brussels
The seasonal brochure containing the main events and festivals of the summer is available in our reception offices and in various tourist sites.
Coucou.brussels is back this summer to bring a festive and sunny touch to some of the capital's most emblematic places. You will also find information and local advices about the tourist and cultural offer. Coucou.brussels takes place every day at the Atomium, Place Poelaert, Mont des Arts, Central Station, Saint-Michel and Gudule Cathedral, and Flagey.
agenda.brussels: upload your events!
agenda.brussels is your main source of information for cultural and leisure activities in Brussels. Exhibitions, concerts, shows, theatre ... it's all here! In addition to being the supplier of a wide range of online and offline media, the platform sends weekly newsletters by category to more than 22,000 subscribers. Are you an event organiser? Upload your schedule here and benefit from the various agenda.brussels services.
An impromptu cultural outing? Visit Arsene 50 to find half-price tickets for events in Brussels that take place the same day. Tickets are on sale online and at the desk (BIP 2-4 Rue Royale in 1000 Brussels) from 12:30 to 17:30 on the day of the event.
Find these events and many more on www.agenda.brussels
Restless Youth • until February 2020
The House of European History - www.historia-europa.ep.eu
The exhibition looks at four generations of young people who have grown up at crucial moments in European history.
Peter Downsbrough • 06/06 – 18/08
Botanique – www.botanique.be
A major figure in the world of contemporary art, Peter Downsbrough operates in the wake of minimalism, between conceptual art and concrete art.
Out Loud! • 06/06 – 29/06
Beursschouwburg – www.beursschouwburg.be
A free music festival on one of the most beautiful terraces in Brussels.
Supervliegsupermouche • 08/06 – 09/06
Forest Park – www.supervliegsupermouche.be
This is an ideal arts festival for families in Brussels, with hundreds of artists, dance, magic, circus, music.
Signé Griffo • 11/06 – 24/11
The Belgian Comic Strip Center – www.cbbd.be
Griffo illustrated some of the most famous comic strip icons of the last 30 years.
Dinner in the sky • 13/06 – 23/06
Canal – www.dinnerinthesky.be
The Dinner in the sky platforms are installed along the canal. They're the perfect opportunity to enjoy an extraordinary culinary experience with a view of the Tour & Taxis site, the port of Brussels or the Kanal-Centre Pompidou.
Stéphane Mandelbaum • 14/06 – 22/09
Jewish Museum of Belgium – www.mjb-jmb.org
The drawings of iconoclast Stéphane Mandelbaum bring the imaginary to life and exude a desire to offend.
Festival Kanal-Centre Pompidou • 21/06 – 31/06
Quai des Péniches, 1000 Brussels – www.kanal.brussels
The KANAL FESTIVAL includes a neighbourhood party on the first evening; two nights at KANAL, including Ambient Night, which allows a hundred enthusiasts to sleep on site, and KANAL FABRIK, a creative night during which young designers will occupy the old garage. Ultima Vez Company will get the audience dancing with Invited, and music will be showcased by a live performance from Gas, created by Wolfgang Voigt, one of the founders of the Kompakt label. A great way to close KANAL BRUT before the work begins.
In-Possible. Before an Idea is Brought to Life • 21/06 – 13/10
ADAM – Brussels Design Museum – www.adamuseum.be
An exhibition that shows the complex and collective work behind an industrial design product.
Jazz Jette June • 21/06
Various locations in Jette – www.ccjette.be
This free jazz festival marks the beginning of the summer and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Plazey Festival • 21/06 – 23/06
Elisabeth Park – www.plazey.be
A 3-day celebration for the whole family, with concerts, food, sports, crafts, cinema, games, etc.
Ommegang • 26/06 & 28/06
Sablon & Grand-Place – www.ommegang.be
The Ommegang is Brussels' oldest historical commemoration. Since 1549, it has celebrated the Joyful Entrance of Charles V and has been performed by thousands of extras.
Tour & Taxis Summer edition • 27/06 – 29/09
Tour & Taxis – www.tour-taxis-summeredition.com
Celebrate the summer at Tour & Taxis and have a great time in Brussels, with pop-up restaurants, exclusive bars, concerts, sports and activities for all!
Citroën, 100th Anniversary • 27/06 – 03/09
Autoworld - www.autoworld.be
An overview of Citroën production to mark the famous French brand's centenary.
Incarnations. African Art as a Philosophy • 28/06 – 06/10
Bozar – www.bozar.be
Incarnations presents a selection of works belonging to Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo and proposed by Kendell Geers.
Couleur Café • 28/06 – 30/06
Square de l’Atomium – www.couleurcafe.be
The 30th edition of Couleur Café once again offers a very impressive programme combining reggae, soul, hip-hop, electro, Latin music, etc.
Midsummer Mozartiade • 30/06 - 07/07
Place & Théâtre des Martyrs - www.amadeusandco.be
As a child, Mozart spent some weeks in Brussels. This festival celebrates the prodigious composer with a new opera production, recitals, and free family-oriented concerts in a heritage site built during his lifetime: Place des Martyrs.
Brussels Grand Départ of the Tour de France • 04/07 – 07/07
Various locations - www.brusselsgranddepart.com
The Grand Départ 2019 will showcase Brussels and its area. From 4 to 7 July, a space entirely dedicated to the Tour de France will be opened on Place de Brouckère with, activities, games and workshops. Not to be missed on 4 July, from 16:00 to 20:00, is the presentation of the 22 teams. The runners will leave Place des Palais, then continue through the Royal Saint-Hubert galleries and finish on the Grand-Place. Friday 5 July: Final of the Eddy Merckx Game Belgian Championship. Saturday 6 July: Brussels-Charleroi-Brussels stage: 192 km. Sunday 7 July: team time trial (28 km).
Discover the City: guided tours
Discover Brussels neighbourhoods with a Greeter
The sunny days are returning, so it's the perfect opportunity to walk around and discover new neighbourhoods in Brussels, in the company of a volunteer. The Greeters welcome their visitors free of charge, in a friendly atmosphere, in order to give them a unique and personalised experience of the capital. The team is made up of 115 volunteers with various profiles, so there is something for everyone.
Exceptional opening of the Town Hall (guided tour)
On Monday 10 June: 10:00 (EN), 11:00 (NL), 12:00 (FR), 14:00 (FR), 15:00 (EN), 16:00 (EN)
Tickets are on sale at the visit.brussels offices (Town Hall, Grand-Place). Adult: €7 / Seniors, students: €5
Meet Pieter Brueghel the Elder thanks to the guided tours
- Every Wednesday at 14:00 Itinéraires SH offers a free guided tour "Bruegel et ses Marolles" that starts from the Church, on Place de la Chapelle. In French and English on even Wednesdays and in French and Dutch on odd Wednesdays. Booking required by email. Info
- Every Friday at 12:30, BOZAR organises lunch tours of their exhibition "Prints in the Age of Bruegel" in French or Dutch, lasting 45 minutes and costing €12. Booking online. Info
- During the Carolus festival on a series of key dates: various guided tours highlight the painter and artist. Info
Rue Dieudonné Lefèvre 4, 1020 Brussels – www.be-here.be
In 2007, the City of Brussels' CPAS (Public Centre for Social Welfare) acquired the Byrrh building in order to create a "pole of urban economic activities". Twelve years later, the BE-HERE project was born. It is a showcase for sustainable food that also promotes the circular economy. BE-HERE hosts the "Terrabio" biomarket, open Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 19:00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 16:00. BE-HERE also hosts some twenty or so projects. One of them, Skyfarms, has already opened its shop, offering various tools and products to help people create their own urban vegetable garden. Other projects will be available to the general public by the autumn.
Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels - www.the1040.be
Le 1040 is the brand new restaurant of Jean-Philippe Watteyne (former contestant on Belgian Top Chef) at the Sofitel Hotel Europe on Place Jourdan. It's a chic place of Belgian inspiration with a refined and affordable menu.
New addresses and concepts
Inauguration of “Bruegel meets street art”
Various locations, inauguration on 13 June - www.bruegel.brussels
visit.brussels, in collaboration with the Farm Prod collective, pays tribute to Pieter Bruegel the Elder through street art in the heart of the city. Eleven murals of different sizes, created by members of the collective as well as guest artists, can be admired in the city centre. A brochure in Dutch, French and English features all of the murals.
Rue Fritz Toussaint 8, 1050 Brussels – www.see-u.brussels
The Velodroom project is the meeting of two major events in Brussels. The Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2019 and the opening of the See U site. This project's goal is to promote cycling and soft mobility. The sports infrastructure is a work of art created by Bruno Herzele and Elke Thuy in collaboration with the expertise of the Dallas architects' collective and the Hors Catégorie cyclophiles collective (who are temporary occupants of the See U project).
Chaussée de Charleroi 123, 1060 Brussels – www.yumanvillage.be
Yuman is the first place in Belgium where you can find purely circular and sustainable goods and services for everyday life; clothing, accessories, decoration, cosmetics, Zero waste solutions, leisure, etc. An absolute must!
Brussels Environment is once again setting up pop-up bars, the guinguettes, in several Brussels parks. For this season, 7 guinguettes will be open until September in 7 locations. They are open from 11:00 to 22:00 on weekdays and from 9:00 to 22:00 on weekends (except in Duden Park where it is open from 11:00). The 7 guinguettes are as follows: Emile at Duden Park, Fabiola at King Baudouin Park, Gisèle at La Cambre Abbey, Maurice at Cinquantenaire Park, Henri at Georges Henri Park and André at Rouge-Cloître. More information: ici.
Shared electric bicycles that adhere to the principle of free-floating are already available in Brussels: Billy Bike (Saint-Gilles start-up) and Uber Jump bikes. There are no fixed stations to pick up or put back your bike and you unlock the bike with your smartphone via their mobile apps. An easy and fun solution to visit and move in Brussels!
Mini-Europe: Redesign of the “Spirit of Europe” exhibition
Mini-Europe – www.minieurope.com
The newly redesigned "Spirit of Europe" exhibition rounds off your tour through the miniature Member States of the European Union. This educational section offers films and interactive games and depicts the European project and the role of the European Parliament. This playful project, designed in collaboration with the European Parliament, aims to bring citizens closer to the European Union and to encourage greater citizen involvement.