Bruxelles Les Bains

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If you didn’t go on vacation yet, or even worse, if you are already back ūüôā , 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.

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Bruksellive 2015

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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
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The Belgians!

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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.

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Chinese Utopias Revisited

Hello everyone!¬†I’ve been doing some thinking about how I can make this blog more active and useful for my readers and came to the conclusion that I want to inform you more regularly & in advance about upcoming expositions and interesting events.

For this time, I want to tell you about a new exhibition opening this week, called Chinese Utopias Revisited РThe Elephants!

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Palais des Thés

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Who’s in for a cup of¬†tea?¬†Palais des Th√©s¬†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 :).

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Passa Porta Bookshop

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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!¬†

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Parra @ Alice Gallery Brussels

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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. 

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Chicano prison art

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Hello everyone! Have you ever heard of pa√Īo? The word comes from pa√Īuelo, which means handkerchief in Spanish. I read about an exhibition in Agenda Magazine last week, called: Pa√Īos, Chicano Prison Art. It’s a small exhibition in Recyclart, close to the Central Station.

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Organic food market

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This week is all about organic food, since the bio week just started (until 14/06). Brussels has a lot of shops where you can buy organic food, but I have one absolute favorite: les Ateliers des Tanneurs!

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(III) Berlin: Sachsenhausen Memorial

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This is the final part of my Berlin travel report and not the most easy one! It’s about the¬†Sachsenhausen Memorial,¬†¬†a concentration camp that we visited, just outside Berlin. We took¬†a guided tour that starts at Brandenburger Tor and led us together with a group of people to Sachsenhausen.

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