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.
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.
Who’s in for a cup of tea? Palais des Thés is a shopping walhalla for tea lovers. They have all sorts of tea: black tea, green tea, white tea, smokey black tea, Rooibos, organic tea, Pu Erh tea and Oolong tea. There is so much choice that it becomes exciting :).
Next week I’m going on vacation and that’s an ideal occasion for me to buy some new books. The plan is to spend lots of time at the beach, so a good book will be very welcome. Brussels has a lot of bookshops , but I only have one favorite: Passa Porta!
Great colors, right? That is what attracted me in the first place! I went to an exhibition of Parra in Alice Gallery, an artist that I had never heard about before. Parra is an artist from the Netherlands, who lives and works in Amsterdam. From an interview with him in Agenda Magazine (see link below) I learned that he used to be a skater, influenced by skater magazines that he loved to read. He designed his own shirts and tried to sell them in bars. Later he started studying graphic design and today he is becoming more and more known for his drawings, paintings, sculptures and animation & music videos.
Hello everyone! Have you ever heard of paño? The word comes from pañuelo, which means handkerchief in Spanish. I read about an exhibition in Agenda Magazine last week, called: Paños, Chicano Prison Art. It’s a small exhibition in Recyclart, close to the Central Station.