Why not do a city trip in your own country? I had never been to Mons before, but since it’s the European Capital of Culture 2015, I thought it was worth a visit.
There is so much to do this year in Mons that it is hard to make a choice. We received a little map at the tourist office and we took a walk in the city, looking for the art installations. This first picture is an artwork called ‘City says no‘ from Inject Love, an artists collective from Gent.
If you want a heads up about what’s going on in Brussels cultural scene, go take a look @ Brussels Creative Forum on 28 & 29 August 2015.
Imagine that you are having a drink in your favorite bar and you find a flyer about an exhibition you didn’t know about. You visit the exhibition and there you see a poster about a concert that seems interesting. Isn’t it great to discover new things? At the Brussels Creative Forum you will find all the info about every cultural organisation in Brussels in one place! This is what’s on the program:
- A culture market where all these organisations in the field of architecture, cinema, music, theatre, visual art, literature and even comedy will present their program for the next season.
- Conferences about various subjects, like street art, gentrification, tourism, public space and creative industries, all related to Brussels (don’t forget to sign up in advance).
- A book market where you can find every book about Brussels!
For the hungry ones there will be several Food Trucks present, like SINstreetfood ! The event is free and you can even win tickets for cultural events.
I’m definitely going to visit the Creative Form to get inspiration for future blogposts about cultural events in Brussels. If you can’t go the weekend of 28 & 29 August, I will keep you updated regularly 🙂 .
Friday 28 August 12:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday 29 August 12:00 am – 06:00 pm
@ Square Brussels, Mont des Arts
Brussel Creative Forum official website
This morning I went to the Foodmet in Anderlecht, also known as the Abattoir. I went there before, more than 10 years ago, when it wasn’t called Foodmet yet. Back than, I remember being amazed by the big amount of foreign products and the multicultural crowd. Living in Brussels for several years now, I’m used to this multicultural side of the city, and yet this morning I was still amazed!
Kamasi Washington is coming to the AB in Brussels on the 16th of November 2015!
Kamasi Washington is a contemporary jazz artist who was born in California. He started playing in different bands as a tenor saxophonist and pianist at a young age, very much influenced by John Coltrane. By now, he’s also an experienced jazz band leader and composer. He played with lots of musicians from the soul, hiphop, electronic music and jazz scene, like Lauryn Hill, Herbie Hancock, Nas and Flying Lotus. Lately he became more noticed because of the arrangements he made for the album ‘To Pimp a Buttterfly‘ from Kendrick Lamar.
If you are in Brussels this weekend, there is a great festival @ Tour & Taxis on 7 & 8 August 2015! A few years ago, on a sunny day, we were walking past the Park Cinquantenaire when we heard some really good reggae music. There was a free party going on in the middle of the park, organized by Reggaebus Brussels. A few years later, they moved to Tour & Taxis in order to expand & attract more people. If you like reggae & dub music, you will like this party!
In the past few months, I took a picture every time I saw a quote in the city. By now I have a big collection that I want to share with you from time to time. This first quote was found close to Recyclart and it’s my favorite one. “Si tu me dis encore une fois que je suis charmante, JE T’ARRACHE LES COUILLES” 🙂 . Meaning: If I hear you say one more time that I’m charming, I will cut your balls off.
Just a little reminder of some things to do in Brussels this summer, before it’s too late. Don’t miss it!
Exposition Henri Cartier-Bresson!
If you didn’t see the photo collection of Henri Cartier-Bresson in the Jewish museum yet, you still have some time. The exposition was going to close on 25/08/2015, but on the website I see they prolonged it until 06/09/2015! If you are into photography, I really recommend this exhibition, because it’s quite rare to see such a big collection of Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of Magnum Photography. To see my review about the expo, click here.
Exposition The Belgians!
Whether you have a passion for fashion or not, visiting this expo @ Bozar can cause a serious sense of ‘belgitude’ 🙂 . I was really surprised about the creations of our belgian fashion designers, because I didn’t really expect to be this impressed. Read more about my experience here. Visiting is possible until 13/09/2015.
Bruxelles les Bains!
They predict ideal weather next week, so it’s about time to catch the summer vibe! Think about sand, cocktails, music, international food stands & parties and you have all the ingredients for a great time @ Bruxelles les Bains. Click here for more info & pictures! Don’t wait too long because 09/08/2015 is the last day.
Have a great summer!
If you didn’t go on vacation yet, or even worse, if you are already back 🙂 , then there is always Bruxelles Les Bains/Brussel Bad to go catch the summer vibe! Every year during more then 1 month, the canal zone is transformed in a tropical beach resort. This year it goes on until the 9th of August, so if you would like to go, you have only 2 weeks left.
Bruksellive is a small festival that is organised every year by the Brussels’ youth houses. This year is the 11th edition and the main concept is still the same. There are 4 stages in the Osseghempark, very close to the Atomium, that present more than 30 music dj’s and bands! And the best news of all: it’s FREE!
This is what to expect on the 4 stages:
- Groentheater stage: rock, singer-songwriter, brass bands and Brussels’ dj’s with a mix of house, hiphop, beats & other
- FM Brussel stage: electronic music (hiphop beats, techno, acid house, rave)
- 54 stage: a Brussels dj collective (reggae, jungle, dub, dubstep)
- Br(ik youth house stage: local bands & dj’s, like for example Jef Karakol
I have to admit that my knowledge of fashion is quite limited, although I find it very intriguing. I’ve seen dresses of Dior & Chanel on the internet and I heard about Dries Van Noten, Walter Van Beirendonck & A.F. Vandevorst, but that’s about it. This summer that is all changing because of Bozar’s Summer of Fashion! In Bozar, I saw the documentary Dior & I and that was the first step for me into the world of fashion. The movie is about the Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons who became the head designer for Dior’s haute couture collection in 2012. It was really inspiring and I would recommend it to anyone. For more info about when and where you can see it, see below. After watching the movie, I decided that it was about time to go see the exposition that I wanted to see from the moment it opened: The Belgians : An Unexpected Fashion Story.