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Newsletter ZIMA 2018


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Winter in Brussels
The “” website brings together all the essential activities of this winter. Find the Christmas markets, children's activities, the great classics of Winter Wonders, the guided tours, the cultural agenda and hotel offers. awards
From 5 December 2018 to 18 January 2019, nominations open for the 2019 Awards, which  celebrate  the  best  tourist  initiatives  in  Brussels.  For more than  10  years  now,  the  Awards  have  celebrated  projects  that  contribute  to  promoting  the  capital both within Belgium and internationally. The winners will be announced and will receive their awards at the Awards Ceremony & Networking Night on 28 March 2019. 
More information on  
Please don’t hesitate to contact people from your network who might have a potential project to submit for the 2019 Awards!

Save the date : 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.  

Time Capsule
The exhibition is celebrating its tenth birthday. To celebrate this important birthday, the exhibition’s team has planned an exceptional event! From 6 December 2018 to 5 May 2019, express your love of Brussels! Take a photo of yourself at your favourite Brussels spot, come to the Time Capsule and record your message for Brussels in ten years’ time! The messages will be sealed and revealed to the public at the second edition of the Time Capsule exhibition in 2028. The first 500 people to record their message will be in with a chance of winning an amazing prize... so come down to’ Time Capsule and tell us your hopes for the future of Brussels! More information at .

Cultural Guide 2019
The 2019 Cultural Guide has come out! Exhibitions, festivals, opera, theatre, dance, museums, events, cinemas, concerts... a whole year of culture in one book! A real must-have this new year. Available at the tourist offices and in good Brussels bookshops for €10.


Festivals / big events 

WINTER WONDERS • 30 Nov. 2018 - 6 Jan. 2019

From 30 November to 6 January, Brussels City Centre provides a sumptuous setting for the Winter Wonders, a magical and unmissable event that contributes to the attractiveness of the city, making it the ideal destination for festive city trips. A breathtaking sound and light show and a stunning Christmas tree will adorn the Grand-Place. The ice rink can be found on the Place de la Monnaie, innovative illuminations, festive attractions... These are only a few of the activities that make this event so popular with visitors of all ages. Five weeks of enchanting events, colourful stalls, souvenirs and specialities of the season: it is one unforgettable celebration! Also, only for one weekend, little roaming “WINTER POP” villages will spring up in the four districts of the city of Brussels: Square Ambiorix (30 Nov. - 2 Dec.), Marolles (7 - 9 Dec.), Neder-Over-Heembeek (14 - 16 Dec) and Laeken (19 - 22 Dec.). A variety of caravans will offer a festive atmosphere and a variety of fun events: storytelling, music, circus tricks, cultural exchanges with local actors, snacks… The magic of the end of the year awaits young and old alike at the Winter Wonders and the Winter Pop villages!
Check out the website to have a complete overview of all events and happenings:

ARE YOU SERIES? • 10 Dec. 2018 - 16 Dec. 2019
This international TV Series Festival celebrates the explosion of creativity found in contemporary television series. The 5th edition of this festival takes you on an incredible journey through the golden age of television, with exclusive previews, binge screenings, encounters, debates and cocktails. A guest of honour is announced and audiences will get to see snippets of the most innovative, powerful and unforgettable TV series of the year to come.

NOËL AU THEATRE • 26 Dec. 2018 - 29 Dec. 2018
Various theatres
The Festival Noël au Théâtre (Christmas Theatre Festival) takes place in a number of theatres and other partner venues in the heart of Brussels. Theatre, puppet theatre, object theatre, shadow theatre, music, dance… all activities will entertain both the very young (starting at 18 months) and those who are still young at heart: parents, grandparents and adults who have all caught the “Noël au Théâtre bug”.

The city of Brussels will once again ring in the new year by hosting a moment of togetherness on the evening of December 31st. The setting for this memorable evening is at the foot of the Atomium! There, we will have one final 2018 party to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this famous Brussels symbol, which was created for the Expo 58. Around the Palais 5 and the Atomium, spectators will dance the night away on all-time hits, as well as hits from the past year. The climax will be at midnight, when the traditional countdown starts. After that, the long-awaited fireworks will be set off at the foot of the Palace 5. A spectacle that will amaze young and old!

HAPPY BRUSSELS • 31 Dec. 2018

Celebrate New Year in the Capital of Europe, where you can find over a dozen of New Year’s Eve parties spread all over the city. Get ready for more than 50 DJs at 10 exclusive parties in clubs, bars and unique locations. Moreover, Happy Brussels leads you to the city’s most surreal attractions and original places.  Get full access to all major parties and enjoy even more advantages with the exclusive Happy Ticket.

FCKNYE Festival • 31 Dec. 2018
Palais 12
At FCKNYE Festival the party starts with about 10,000 other people in Brussels' largest concert hall: Palais 12. The 9th edition of this alternative music festival provides all kinds of music: from techno to hip-hop, from drum & bass to reggae/dub and even core music. It is the ideal line-up for an unforgettable night.

BRUSSELS JAZZ FESTIVAL • 10 Jan. 2019 – 19 Jan. 2019
Jazz is definitely part of Flagey's DNA. Since its opening in 1938 until today, a countless series of legendary musicians have performed in Flagey's acoustically perfect hall for jazz music. Since 2015 Flagey organises a festival dedicated to this particular genre. This event will grow out to become the annual event for jazz lovers.

RIVER JAZZ FESTIVAL • 11 Jan. 2019 - 26 Jan. 2019
Théâtre Marni - Jazz Station - Espace Senghor
A festival in three of the epicentres of the Brussels’ jazz scene: the Marni, the Jazz Station and the Espace Senghor. All three locations can be found along the course of the former Maelbeek stream. For two weeks in midwinter, they will host events with performers from Belgium and abroad, featuring a “cartes blanche”, family afternoons, album releases, world jazz and a concert club.

DJANGOFOLLLIES • 15 Jan. 2019 - 31 Jan. 2019
Several venues
This annual birthday party celebrates the (Belgian) birth of the great guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, the father of “gypsy swing”, in 1910. The festival takes place in 26 venues all over Belgium.

COURTS MAIS TRASH • 16 Jan. 2018 – 19 Jan. 2019
Centre culturel des Riches Claires
‘Courts Mais Trash’, created in 2005 in Brussels, is a platform for independent short films, discarded by festivals and other audio-visual events because they “do not conform to cinematic standards”. “Trash”, in this case, does not only mean provocative and shocking but also alternative, political, low-budget, offbeat... The goal is to offer filmmakers a quality venue to introduce their projects.

ELLES TOURNENT - DAMES DRAAIEN • 24 Jan. 2019 – 27 Jan. 2019
BOZAR & Vendôme
No fewer than 45 films made by women will be screened at this festival. The emphasis is on films that break moulds, in a festival that includes previews, films never previously seen in Belgium, classics and hidden gems, documentaries and fiction, short and feature films and even animation. The guests include directors from all over the world, from an array of different cultures: women who resist, who innovate, who are disquieting, who demolish stereotypes and alter our perception.

BRAFA : Brussels Antique & Fine Arts Fair • 26 Jan. 2019 – 3 Feb. 2019
Tour & Taxis
This annual fair, one of the oldest of its kind in the world, includes jewelry, furniture and other antiques, tribal art, oriental art, engravings, old and modern paintings, contemporary art, books and photographs. The quality of the pieces that are presented by about 120 exhibitors is guaranteed by the valuation committee’s strict assessments. A must for curious visitors as well as serious collectors.

New exhibitions

ERNEST PIGNON- ERNEST • 13 Dec. 2018 – 10 Feb. 2019
Since 1966, Ernest Pignon-Ernest creates ephemeral images on the walls of large cities, which echo the events that took place there. He is one of the initiators of urban art in France, together with Daniel Buren and Gérard Zlotykamien. Sensitive to injustice, he deals with themes such as abortion (Tours, Nice, Paris, 1975), expulsions (Paris, 1979) and AIDS (Soweto, 2002).

PORSCHE 70 YEARS • 14 Dec. 2018 - 27 Jan. 2019
Porsche celebrates its 70th birthday this year. In 1948, Ferdinand and his son Ferry Porsche created a small sports car based on Ferdinand’s Volkswagen. Their car won its first race. The rest is history.

Comics Art Museum
In the early 1980s, the Belgian illustrator Willy Linthout came up with the idea of creating a comic strip about the Belgian comedian Urbanus, who was already famous at the time. The Urbanus series is decidedly underground, verging on the vulgar, and features the most absurd and incompetent characters.

Discover the City: guided tours

Running Tour Kanal
Start at the museum Centre Pompidou for a guided running tour through the canal area: the street art (Bonom), the museums (MIMA) and the industrial heritage (Tour & Taxis). The icing on the cake is at the end of the tour a run through the museum Kanal itself, the former Citroën garage, up to the top floor!  The tour is 9km long and takes 1h30. Price includes access to the Kanal museum. More info : here

Brussels City Hall, exlusive visits by night
The Brussels City Hall opens its doors on the evenings of 20-21 and 27-28 December for exclusive tours by night in French, English, Dutch and Spanish. Reservations are now available online. More information : here

New addresses

On the 9th of December the AfricaMuseum opens its doors after 5 years of renovation. The old building has been restored and a new reception pavilion has been created. This renovation symbolizes the transition from an old colonial institute to a museum open to Africa today and tomorrow. The museum is resolutely turned towards families with a completely renewed permanent exhibition. It includes themes of biodiversity, nature management, daily life, African diasporas and the paradox of raw materials in Africa. The rich history of Central Africa is discussed with a special place for the colonialist era and the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the perspective of the African population is largely taken into account. 

Kanal Store
The place is entirely dedicated to Belgian Creation and nestled in the heart of the Kanal/Centre Pompidou Museum in Brussels. The store constantly brings together about twenty designers with unique and original concepts and allows them to become known to the general public, while becoming familiar with the life behind the counter. The concept store is open until June 19, 2019. 

Dolle Mol
After 3 years of closing the Dolle Mol has reopened. Freshly renovated, it remains a place of exchange. A must in the cultural life of Brussels with exhibitions, conferences, concerts, ...  


2018 gastronomic awards
November is traditionally the month of publication of the two main gastronomic guides, Michelin and Gault & Millau. Almost no change this year even if the chef David Martin is undoubtedly the big winner with the title of Belgian chef of the year for Gault & Millau and a second star for its restaurant La Paix in Anderlecht. 

Le Pesage
Le Pesage is a new restaurant settled in the heart of Drohme. The address, transformed by Lionel Jadot, proposes inventive and traditional dishes  following the rhythm of the seasons ...
51 Chaussée de la Hulpe, 1180 Brussels - 

New address in the Madou – Congress area, Gus offers both an ambitious kitchen signed by two alumni from Bon Bon and the Air du Temps and a micro-brewery in its cellars. The dishes are inspired by the world of malting by integrating malt, hops and beer. A beautiful discovery.
Rue des cultes 34-36, 1000 Brussels -


LE CHAT cartoon museum
On Thursday, November 22, 2018, Minister-President Rudi Vervoort and author Philippe Geluck signed the partnership agreement for the construction and operation of the future Le Chat Cartoon museum. The opening is scheduled for 2023 at 6 rue Royale in Brussels. The museum will occupy 4000m² over 7 floors, including 4 above ground. It will comprise 3 main sections; a section dedicated to the four decades of Le Chat, a section as tribute to the cartoonists and, finally, a section dedicated to the cat, the animal.

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