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CULTURE & CITY LIFE : newsletter LJETO 2019
News from visit.brussels
Starting this summer, visitors to the European capital will be invited to discover the "real" Brussels. Indeed, visit.brussels, in collaboration with creative agency FamousGrey, has developed a free online guide available in real time: "now.brussels". A unique opportunity to explore Brussels like a local. How does it work? Surf to now.brussels, activate your location and your Brussels adventure can begin. Depending on their size and intensity, areas of colour make it possible to identify the places most frequented by Brussels residents near where you are and throughout the Brussels Region. Test it now at www.now.brussels
Summer is the ideal time to discover Brussels like a local. There is no shortage of experiences, it's time to discover the favourite spots of the inhabitants of Brussels! Discover the www.summer.brussels webpage, where you will find suggestions for a 100% typical summer: terraces, after work drinks, family activities, festivals, brunches, parks, etc. This website will evolve over the summer, with new articles and inspirations.
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).
The Brussels Card gives you access to 41 Brussels museums for 24, 48 or 72 hours. You also get discounts at attractions, shops, bars and guided tours. Not to mention the option to add transport tickets. A real must-have for the summer! More information: www.brusselscard.be
Two unmissable end-of-summer events
eat! Brussels, drink! Bordeaux and Brussels Comic Strip Festival are back in September with programmes that are richer than ever. You can already book your pre-sale tickets for eat! And put the Brussels Comic Strip Festival dates in your calendar.
Find these events and many others at www.agenda.brussels
Mario García Torres, Illusion brought me here • until 18/08
Wiels - www.wiels.be
Illusion Brought Me Here is Mario García Torres' first museum exhibition in Belgium. For the occasion, the Mexican artist is presenting his own condensed version of a retrospective: a new piece entitled Silence's Wearing Thin Here, composed of voices and soundtracks from his previous works.
Hello Summer • 25/07-25/08
Various locations - www.hellosummer.be
From 25 July to 25 August, little pockets of leisure will pop up in the hearts of four neighbourhoods:
- from 25/07 to 04/08: Place du Congrès (by the administrative centre)
- from 08/08 to 11/08: Square Ambiorix (European Quarter)
- from 15/08 to 18/08: Place Peter Benoit (Neder-Over-Heembeek),
- from 22/08 to 25/08: Square Léopold (Laeken).
Sport, music, dance, interactive workshops, family activities… numerous activities will be on offer for all ages.
Festival des Minimes • 01/07 - 30/08
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium - www.festivaldesminimes.be
A mix of classical music, world music, jazz and organ music every day of the week at lunchtime in July and August. The concerts start at noon and last 45 minutes. Admission is free, but contributions are welcome.
Royal Park Music Festival • 14/07 & 28/07
The kiosk in Brussels Park - www.royalparkmusicfestival.be
Festive musical days accessible to all, during which the birdsong of the park will be accompanied by the latest jazz, blues or world music rhythms, unifying and mixing professional and amateur artists as well as the public.
Bruxellons! • 11/07 - 14/09
Karreveld Castle - www.bruxellons.be
Bruxellons festival presents the best of the performing arts in Wallonia and French-speaking Brussels. It takes place at Karreveld Castle, a magical and rustic setting in the Brussels-Capital Region. On the programme: theatre, surprising new shows, covers, classics, musical premieres, puppet shows and stand-up - there's something for every one of the 30,000 expected audience members.
Brosella Folk & Jazz • 13/07 - 14/07
Théâtre de Verdure in Osseghem Park - www.brosella.be
Brosella Folk & Jazz, also known as just Brosella, is a free two-day festival that has been held for many years at the Théâtre de Verdure, near the Atomium. An international line up offers a day of jazz and a day of world/folk/traditional music.
Foire du Midi • 13/07 - 18/08
Boulevard du Midi - www.bruxelles.be
This vast annual fair is located in the city centre. A succession of mini attractions is punctuated by massive attractions such as the Eclipse, with its gigantic rotating screw. One of the new attractions includes virtual reality goggles! It's an example of entertainment for the masses at its best, with plenty of snacking possibilities.
Fête au Parc (Party in the Park) – National Day • 21/07
Brussels Park - www.sibp.be
Belgium's national holiday is celebrated with a wide range of activities. The police, firefighters, army and Red Cross will be there to explain their work. Earlier in the day there's a military parade and the day is rounded off with a fireworks display.
The Royal Palace opens its doors • 22/07 – beginning of September
Royal Palace - www.monarchie.be
When the royal family goes on holiday, they leave the doors of their magnificent palace open to the public. Okay, so you may not see the king and queen with their feet up, but it's still a nice gesture on their part. It’s a royal treat for the whole family.
Brussels Summer Festival • 14/08 – 18/08
Various locations - www.bsf.be
This musical festival, one of the only ones in Europe to take place in the very heart of a city, has grown so much that it has become one of the highlights of the Belgian summer. The headliners are jostling for attention, alongside brand new acts to discover. And the capital's entire royal district, from Place des Palais to Mont des Arts, including Place du Musée and the Salle de La Madeleine, vibrates to the decibels.
Flowertime • 14/08 – 18/08
Brussels Town Hall - www.flowertime.be
In summer, when there's no flower carpet on the Grand-Place, the Town Hall's main hall, corridors, offices and meeting and reception rooms host floral arrangements by internationally renowned landscape architects and florists.
Brigittines International Festival • 16/08 - 31/08
Les Brigittines - www.brigittines.be
A festival where dance, theatre and visual arts join forces. A bold and creative event like this can sometimes disappoint, but devotees leave remembering many splendid discoveries. Twelve 20 to 80-minute international shows, sometimes more than one per evening, are hosted in an enchanting setting that incorporates both Renaissance and contemporary styles. This late summer prologue to the new theatre season is hugely popular.
Hide & Seek Festival • 19/08 - 25/08
Various locations - www.muziekpublique.be
A world music festival in surprising venues. The rhythms of Cumbia resonate in an old tram, the top of Reyers' broadcast tower is transformed into a jazz hall, and a shamanist ceremony takes place at Molenbeek Cemetery. Hide & Seek festival is full of surprises.
Feeërieën • 26/08 - 30/08
Brussels Park - www.abconcerts.be
All the conditions are here to wrap the public and artists in an extraordinary musical cocoon. August sees a handful of talented musicians blossoming under the foliage of Brussels Park, performing in an enchanting setting. Dreams and sensations come together for an exquisite mix that’s free to enjoy.
Discover the City: guided tours
coucou.brussels and the Greeters
This summer, coucou.brussels, the pop-up information points and bars are back with a theme that totally corresponds to the Greeters, namely "Meet the people of Brussels".
Many Greeters - local volunteer tour guides - welcome you at the Place Poelaert and Mont des Arts coucous on fixed dates, so that you can chat with a real Brussels local while lounging on a deckchair. This is the first collaboration between Cuckoo and the Greeters.
Public “chocolate” workshops every Saturday
- 11h30 at Laurent Gerbaud: every Saturday for an hour and a half, in English and French (closed between 22/07 and 15/08).
- 14h30 at Chocolissimo & Zaabar: every Saturday for an hour, in English.
Both workshops can welcome private groups.
Park Tours: summer visits of Brussels’ park
Every Sunday in the summer, at 15:00, PARK TOURS offers visits of Brussels' parks and guinguette pop-up bars.
Available in French and Dutch. Free of charge. 1h30. Learn about the history of the parks, their immediate environment and ecology. Info
Art Ncuveau walking tour, every last Saturday of the month
ARAU offers walking tours exclusively in English on Art Nouveau and Art Deco every last Saturday of the month from May to October. Info
Brussels Through The Ages
Two former Freetours guides have changed their focus to offer more personalised and less touristy tours. Celine and David offer storytelling tours through the history of our capital. They are available every day of the summer (June, July and August), with up to 2 departures per day. Info and ticket reservations here: www.brusselsthroughtheages.com
Avenue de Flore 3/4, 1000 Brussels - www.facebook.com/Leflorebrussels
Located in the green setting of the Bois de la Cambre, Le Flore is the new trendy Brussels bar. Le Flore is a friendly place that offers a fresh, colourful and fifties-style setting, combined with a contemporary menu and a slow food ethos.
Rue Haute 20, 1000 Brussels - www.facebook.com/liulin.be
Two Taiwanese sisters manage this 100% vegan canteen. To convert the most carnivorous to veganism, Liu and Lin have a menu that "disguises" yam, tofu or soy as meat, shellfish and other things. The presentation works and the taste is fantastic. A must!
Blvd de la Deuxième Armée Britannique 3, 1190 Brussels - www.facebook.com/rocketscafepresse
Rocket's is a new coffee house inspired by the world of comic strips. It is a very child-friendly place, thanks to its indoor slide and playground.
New addresses and concepts
New Tamara comic strip mural
The City of Brussels' comic strip trail route has been enriched with a new fresco. This one is dedicated to the star of the Tamara comic strips as well as its authors Darasse and Zidrou. It's located at 26 Rue de Ter Plast in Laeken.
Dalí and Magritte: early bird tickets
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium – www.fine-arts-museum.be
Book your tickets now for the great autumn event at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium! Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, the two greatest icons of surrealism, are honoured in an exceptional exhibition. For the first time ever, the relationships and influences between the two painters will be highlighted.