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Time for some wine & food indulgence!

Immediately after the Comic Strip Festival at start of September, European Capital Brussels will get ready for another extravaganza, this time for the connoisseurs of food and wine. From 7 to 10 September this year, Brussels Park will once again serve as the setting for the eat! Brussels, drink! Bordeaux festival. Twenty Brussels chefs will slave over their stoves to share their signature dishes with the public. Fifty Bordeaux wine growers and sellers will also be on hand to provide the accompaniment for these delicious foods. They will offer the optimal wine pairings to complement the chefs’ dishes. There’s sure to be plenty to delight the senses of their foodie visitors! For its sixth edition, the eat! Brussels, drink! Bordeaux Festival has once again invited a selection of Brussels’ best chefs to the heart of Brussels Park. There will be new workshops: Wine & patisseries; Wine and chocolate.

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Photo: VisitBrussels/ ©E.Danhier

A sixth edition with its fair share of new offerings

  • Restaurant offerings are expanding. Several chefs on the Brussels scene are joining in the fun to present their iconic dishes to the public.
  • A central “square” will be set up right at the heart of the festival grounds. It’s a chance for visitors to partake and socialize with family and friends.
  • This year, the eat! Awards are making their debut. These prizes will be awarded to chefs whose dishes enjoy the greatest success over the course of the event.
  • In this latest edition, several pastry chefs will complement the event menu with dessert plate suggestions.
  • The Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux invites amateurs to discover new wine workshops that focus on patisserie and chocolate.
  • The Tchin Vittel! space will offer cooking workshops to visitors. Accompanied by talented chef Bruno Antoine, they will concoct their “bistronomy” box together, which they will then be able to savour in this friendly atmosphere.

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New iconic Brussels chefs are joining the party and enhancing the festival’s offerings. The will offer visitors a signature dish representing their culinary identity at the special price of € 9. Several pastry chefs will also enhance the festival’s menu. They will offer sweets aficionados delicious desserts by the plate at the special price of €9.

The perfect pairing

Vins de Bordeaux, the festival’s essential partners, are coming together once again on this journey through fine cuisine. For the occasion, nearly 50 Bordeaux wine growers and merchants will meet in Brussels to reveal the history and secrets of their wine.

These elegant and unique wines, the fruits of the meticulous blending of several grape varieties, will thrill the public’s taste buds. It’s a singular chance to discover the new Bordeaux reds, fresh and fruity, the dry whites, the rosés, the clairets and the sweet wines that can be paired with all cuisine, whether simple or refined. A wine pairing carefully selected for the occasion will also be offered for each dish, sweet or savoury, presented at the festival.

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The Bordeaux pavilion, the Belgian selection

For the second year running, the pavilion will present the 2017 selection of Bordeaux wines chosen by a panel of Belgian wine and gastronomy professionals. These wines, selling for €4 to €25 are all available in Belgium. eat! Brussels, drink! Bordeaux will be the only opportunity to sample the sumptuousness of this 2017 selection.

The Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux pavilion

The Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux will once again be on hand to conduct a variety of workshops for Wine Pass holders. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the public, expert or novice, to (re)discover Bordeaux wines in an original, fun way and participate in tastings.

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Comic Strip Festival gets bigger, bolder and rewarding too!

The Annual feature for the comic lovers of the world is here again. If you love comics, than you have enough time to plan for this once in a lifetime trip to the European Capital as Brussels is holding its 8th annual Comic Strip Festival from 1st to 3 September 2017. From their beginning at the turn of the century, Belgian comics have really become famous the world over. Many illustrators and writers from our country and its capital are well-known beyond its borders. That is reason enough to dedicate a weekend to this rich cultural heritage.

Bande Dessinée Mur BD Stripmuur Le jeune Albert (c) Olivier van de Kerchove

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.

Fete de la Bd – Stripfeest (c)VISITBRUSSELS -E.Danhier

Since its debut in 2010, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival has become the main event for comics fans. Young and old, novices and experts, all share a passion for the ninth art and come together each year to participate in the variety of activities on offer. More than 100,000 people and some 250 famous authors gather every year. For this 2017 edition, the essential events are definitely on the schedule: autograph sessions, the predecessors of the great Oldtimer Rally, the Balloon’s Day Parade and many more. There’s a whole range of activities to delight everyone.

© visit.brussels – Eric Danhier – 2017

Festival also gets a new prestigious location. Besides the Parc de Bruxelles, le Brussels Comic Strip Festival will take over the prestigious setting of Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, BOZAR. Two new places that pair phenomenally well together for the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. Festival-goers will be able to stroll along as they please, enjoying countless activities and novelties on offer wherever they go. From hundreds of autograph signings to premiere cartoon screenings and multiple exhibitions and encounters with professionals, ninth art fans will have plenty to keep them entertained. For the first time in its history and thanks to its new set-up at Bozar, the Brussels Comic Strip Festival will also be able to offer premiere film screenings!

Fete de la BD – Stripfeest

Comic strip writing has become something of an endangered activity in these last few years, with the industry’s professionals often finding it hard to make a living from it. As the organisers of the Comic Strip Festival, visit.brussels has been working in close collaboration with the Brussels-Capital Region in a bid to show its support for the creative process and bring existing initiatives together by launching a series of awards, most of which will be in cash and will allow the winners to fund their work. Offering €100,000 in prize money, a total of seven awards have already been confirmed, with several more in line to be added to the list between now and September.

Jean-David Morvan

Brussels Comic Strip Festival will award some brand new comics prizes for the first time: The Atomium Prizes, during a gala evening when no less than €100,000 will be awarded for the best new works from the past year. French comics writer, Jean-David is the sponsor of the Atomium Prizes. Jean-David Morvan will be on hand at his exhibition throughout the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. There he will discuss his work and welcome his main contributors to his couch. His contributors will come and show him (as well as the audience) their new panels, answer questions, improvise autograph sessions and other original performances.

This year the Brussels Comic Strip Festival is also celebrating good old Gaston’s 60th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Spirou Festival is inviting the famous, sixty-year-old lazybones to the Brussels Comic Strip Festival. An exhibition, a musical performance, conferences – it will be impossible to miss this perennial blunderer.

Over these three days, the European capital will eat, sleep, and breathe comics. A little train will travel around town and stop at the essential Ninth Art destinations around Brussels (Comics Art Museum, the MOOF, murals, book stores, etc.), free guided tours will bring visitors to see comics murals, many organisations from the Brussels-Capital Region will offer activities and discounts related to the Ninth Art. In short, from 1-3 September 2017, comics will be on the menu just about everywhere!

The Brussels Comic Strip Festival has become more international over the last two years. As part of the MIXITY.2017 year and in keeping with the diverse nationalities that call Brussels home, the booths and activities on offer are multi-cultural and multi-lingual. Languages will be well represented: in addition to the three national languages, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and even Korean will be heard. Clear information available in several languages will be included in the Brussels Comic Strip Festival programme. The Brussels Comic Strip Festival is a Brussels-Capital Region initiative with the support of the City of Brussels and the COCOF, coordinated by visit.brussels.

Eroticism in comics

The 2017 Brussels Comic Strip Festival is taking advantage of its new setting to offer a number of comics-themed exhibitions. Numerous exhibitions will be held there, allowing visitors to explore certain iconic realms of the 9th Art. There will even be an exhibition devoted to eroticism in comics behind closed doors.

Young tourists look for kicks other than waffles

Well, these are maps which are as good as any tourist guide but actually they are so good that they are also souvenir in themselves. That means, when you are visiting a city then in search of a good souvenir, you first get a souvenir in form of a map. And these are no normal maps. These maps are now turning 10. USE-IT, the tourist info for young people, will soon celebrate its first ten years in European capital Brussels. They’re a household name for city maps made by young locals, with no-nonsense tips for how not to be caught as a tourist in Belgium. (Nope, we don’t have fruit on our waffles.)

These maps are starting to conquer Europe, and the research team Expeditions has measured the impact on tourism in the entire network. Does alternative city info really make people move outside of the city centre? Do they stay longer? And what does this imply for the local economy? The results were very positive, and Brussels stands out. 59% of users say they went further from the centre indeed. Desk personnel at hostels and the tourist infos confirm. 86% think also that off-the-beaten track information boosts the investment in the local economy. Furthermore, 14% of the young tourists extended their stay with one or more nights, and nearly everybody (97%) would like to get the same kind of no-nonsense info on their next city trips.

When asked about their best experience in Brussels, the maps’ local tips are mentioned more often than the tourist classics. Highlights include the panorama on top of Parking 58, the vegetable garden on top of the Albertina library, a walk through Molenbeek, going out at Bonnefooi until the morning, and pissing in the public urinal that’s built against Sint-Katelijne church.

The survey ran in the entire European USE-IT network (more than 40 cities) and Brussels came out on top. Of the 4,000 respondents, one out of three had already used the Brussels map. Strikingly, a large number of them (38%) was also motivated to start up a USE-IT map for their own city.

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“The creative side of Brussels speaks to many tourists’ hearts, and USE-IT embodies that side well. As Alderman for Tourism it’s important that we support young innovative teams. So we’re proud that these city maps have spread out all over Europe from Brussels,” says Philippe Close, the Alderman of Tourism in Brussels.

The USE-IT headquarters is stationed in the Galerie Ravenstein, where it attracts more than 20,000 travellers per year. Apart from all the European free maps, visitors also get tips about nightlife there from the young Brussels volunteers, or they head out together for a walk along the Anderlecht supporters’ bars or the latest genital graffiti in town. Anything but the Manneken Pis.

Brussels will get ‘electric’ on this Iris

This coming 6-7 May, the Brussels-Capital Region will celebrate its 28th anniversary. This great festival brings together all the people of Brussels in the heart of their region and invites visitors to come and spend a weekend partying together. From free concerts to a variety of street activities, the Iris Festival draws a big audience, earning its place among the flagship events of the cultural and festival year in Brussels. Between Electro Night and Iris Nights dance floor enthusiasts will not have a moment’s rest.

On Saturday, 6 May dancers will also join in the party thanks to Electro Night which will close out the first day of the Iris Festival on a high note at Place des Palais starting at 7 PM. On Saturday, “The iris Festival in the communes” will offer the chance to explore a secret and unexpected side of Brussels by touring sites and institutions usually off limits to the public. Saturday night will feature electro music with a series of concerts that will turn Place des Palais into a giant dance floor.

Photo: (c) E. Danhier

During the day on Sunday, the Brussels Park will be transformed by a lot of activities. The cultural, athletic, and traditional associations of Brussels will present their activities in fun and interactive ways. Artistic troupes from Belgium and abroad will perform short, poetic shows, offering a magical moment to young and old alike! As the afternoon draws to a close, the Place des Palais stage will light up to welcome the project “We are Belgium” that will end this festival weekend on a high note!

Photo: (c) E. Danhier

Among the hundreds of free activities on offer during the festival weekend, Place des Palais concerts and Electro Night have been the most highly anticipated for years. It’s a wonderful time to come together and enjoy a fun festival atmosphere.

The must-see moment of the Iris Festival, Electro Night brings out fans of great music every year. Experts and novices alike will find something to love. The concerts, which will take place at Place des Palais right in the heart of Brussels, will once again showcase Belgian and international headliners.

Brussels boasts exuberant nightlife and the Iris Festival will be the ideal opportunity to spotlight its teeming array of clubs and parties. Throughout the weekend, Iris Nights invites partygoers to immerse in Brussels’ nightlife with different parties scattered around the Region.

Here’s a glimpse at a few of the many parties arranged for the occasion:

• Parad!gm Session: Codex Empire, Minimum Syndicat, Icon Template Place: Recyclart

• Parties@Centredufestivalcentrum Place: Dynastie Building

• We’re Beyond Place: Fuse

• Antitapas Rave-Einstein Night Place: Ravenstein Gallery

Get set for some fine wine & dine this September in Brussels

Food lovers have an appointment this 7, 8, 9 and 10 September for the sixth edition of eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX, the festival that highlights the big names in Brussels gastronomy and the delicious wines of Les Vins de Bordeaux. Several Brussels chefs will present one of their restaurant’s signature dishes to the public every day. The festival will once again get the public’s taste buds working in the lovely setting of Brussels Park.

For the sixth edition of the eat festival! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX, visit.brussels once again invites several of the best Brussels chefs to take over the pop-up kitchens set up in the heart of Brussels Park. They will all present one of their signature dishes. There will be something for everyone thanks to the diversity of the chefs and dishes presented.

Les Vins de Bordeaux are the key partners in this culinary experience for the fourth year in a row. Over fifty wine growers and traders will present their wines, which will complement the dishes prepared by the chefs. L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux will also be there. It will offer free workshops in which novices will be initiated in Bordeaux wines and the experienced can enhance their knowledge.

Brand new in 2017:

• Several chefs representing the Brussels scene will join to fly the flag for their restaurants. This will refresh the event’s offer.

• The event’s layout will be fully reviewed in order to provide an original experience, including the creation of a central ” square “.

  • This year, the eat! Awards will appear. They will reward the chefs who have been most successful during the event.irc

(All photos: ©E.Danhier)

Brussels in Renaissance times

Ommegang 2014

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.
The festive and historical Charles programme is incorporated into the “European routes of Emperor Charles V” network. This historical and tourist route is recognised by the Council of Europe’s European Institute of Cultural Routes. It combines the places that marked the reign of Charles V and the cities through which he travelled. This year we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of Charles de Coster’s Ulenspiegel, a masterful work of Brussels literature set in the old Netherlands at the time of Charles V and his son.

Carolus Festival _ Coudenberg _ Family day

Now here is a preview of the must-see events of this edition:
Exhibition/route: Remigio Cantagallina, an Italian traveller in the Southern Netherlands
More than 400 years ago, a Florentine artist named Remigio Cantagallina journeyed across Europe to present himself at the court of Archduke Albert and Archduchess Isabelle in Brussels. His reasons for making this trip have been the subject of meticulous research straddling history and art history. During his 1612-1613 stay in the old Southern Netherlands, he produced a number of drawings which constitute a unique record to this very day. These small drawings have been enlarged and staged in the underground ruins of the old Coudenberg Palace. Immerse yourself in the cities of the old Netherlands and time-travel between Brussels, Temse, and Spa. These drawings belong to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium’s collection, which is displaying a selection of original works especially for this occasion.

Diner of the Ommegang Р© E. Danhier

THE ERASMUS HOUSE, a 500 year-old abode
The Erasmus House, one of Brussels’ oldest homes (1515), brings together a collection of paintings (Holbein, Bosch, and Metsys) in a restored period interior, a rich library with thousands of old titles, and a Philosophical Garden all in one place.
A letter signed by Charles V will be on special display throughout the festival.
Treasure hunts for children: Travelling with Erasmus (ages 6 – 9) – On the Erasmus trail (ages 10 – 12).

Diner of the Ommegang Р© E. Danhier

– Family Day (21 May 2017)
On Family Day today’s families will travel back in time. A day full of surprises awaits them at Coudenberg Palace. On the schedule: games and themed workshops, a period buffet, crossbow shooting, encounters with Ommegang characters, introductory dance classes, and guided tours. It’s a delightful opportunity to travel back in time and learn among family and friends.

Ommegang 2014

– Ommegang Week (5 – 8 July 2017)
On Wednesday, 5 and Friday, 7 July, the parade held in 1549 for Charles V and his son will take to the streets of Brussels. All told, 1,400 walk-on performers will immerse you in the period atmosphere. Charles V’s coach and his procession, comprised of musicians, dancers, horsemen, guards, standard-bearers, and more, will wind their way through city streets from the Parc de Bruxelles to Grand-Place, where the traditional show will round out a lovely day. A medieval village, market and jousting exhibition will animate this festival. Not forgetting, of course, the unmissable crossbow workshop that will be held in front of the Notre-Dame du Sablon church. All these activities and more will take the region back into the heart of the 16th century on 5, 6 and 7 July 2017.

Contemporary art – Brussels’ cultural heartbeat in April 

“Is Brussels the new Berlin?” Some say it is, others aren’t convinced. But one thing is certain: Brussels has become a hub of contemporary art and April we be the perfect time to enjoy the richness of its art!

Salon Beurs Show at Art Brussels

Once again this year there are several fairs taking place in the capital: the two largest, Art Brussels for its 35th edition and New York fair Independent for a second year in Brussels, as well as three other alternative fairs – YIA Art Fair, POPPOSITIONS and OFF COURSE Young Contemporary Art.

Numerous parallel exhibitions and events will animate proceedings in the city. The WIELS will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the art centre will be inaugurating a large exhibition/festival which will take place not only in its main building, but also in two neighbouring ones, which are vestiges of the old Wielemans brewery heritage. The exhibition is called “The Absent Museum – Blueprint for a museum of contemporary art for the capital of Europe” and will take place from 20 April to 13 August 2017. The exhibition will be supported by a partnership with Kunstenfestivaldesarts offering shows and performances.

BOZAR Horta Hall © BOZAR

The new version of the BelgianArtPrize will hold its official award ceremony on 19 April at Bozar. The prize aims to reward artists that best represent the sector, and promote the development of their visibility on the international stage (exhibition from 17 March to 28 May 2017). Winners of the 2016 Marcel Duchamp prize will be exhibited in Hangar H18.

Events also take place at the MIMA, Centrale for Contemporary Art, the CAB, ADAM, at the Vanhaerents Art Collection, at the Loge, at the Museum of Ixelles, at the Botanique, at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and at Villa Empain with an exhibition on globalisation commissioned by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza.

To make travelling between venues easier for visitors, visit.brussels will be putting on a free minibus service from 20 to 23 April that will stop at all the fairs and main exhibition venues.

Salon Beurs Show, Art Brussels

This year, Art Brussels is celebrating its 35th edition! Taking place for the 2nd time in Tour & Taxis, the fair will gather 140 galleries from all over the world. It welcomes more than 25,000 visitors of which 30% are from abroad and also brings together famous Belgian and international collectors. On top of this, Art Brussels has the reputation of being THE best fair in Brussels at which to make new discoveries.

Musée d’Ixelles © Olivier van de Kerchove

Independent is a contemporary art fair that was born in New York in 2010 and successfully set up in Brussels for the first time in 2016 in the Vanderborght, a building of more than 6,000 m² in the heart of Brussels’ historical centre. Independent invites some 60 international galleries and offers visitors a new, open plan way to explore an art fair!

Art Brussels

POPPOSITIONS is a niche fair that gathers the projects of some 20 specific art galleries and spaces around one general political theme. The atmosphere is young and the tone is experimental. POPPOSITONS invites you to take a closer look at the pieces and what they could teach you. It feels more like an exhibition than a fair.

The YIA Art Fair was created in France in 2010. After five editions in Paris, the YIA moved to Brussels for the first time in 2016. This year it will welcome a selection from 45 prospective international galleries at the Square on the Mont des Arts.

An alternative fair, OFF COURSE gives the floor to young artists as well as emerging artists. Young talents with diplomas from international art schools are invited to present their work, as are winners of various fine art competitions.