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January Place Events
1-18 Brussels

PAUL DELVAUX DÉVOILÉ

This exhibition reveals the incredible richness of the Ghêne collection and in particular of the work of Paul Delvaux, one of the leading Belgian surrealists. The collection has been on loan to the Ixelles Museum since 2009.

 

1-25 Brussels

BELGIAN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

A fascinating selection of street photography by 20 Belgian photographers, open to various interpretations and with connections to other genres.

 

1-25 Brussels

JEAN DYPREAU PAINTINGS

An exhibition of some of the Belgian art-lover and critic Jean Dypréau’s favourite works of art from the Museums’ collection, to mark the publication of his collected works. Dypréau (1917-1986) was particularly interested in informal and abstract art and pop art.

 

9-24 Brussels

RIVER JAZZ FESTIVAL

Brussels, Jazz town ! The first RIVER Jazz festival draws from the wells at three of the epicentres of the Brussels jazz scene : Marni, the Jazz Station and le Senghor. The route between the three, from Ixelles to Saint-Josse via Etterbeek, follows the course of the former Maelbeek stream, thus providing the inspiration for this new Brussels event.

 

15-30 Brussels

DJANGOFOLLLIES

For the 21th anniversary of the birth of Django Reinhardt, the association "De Vrienden van Brosella" organizes a big event in Brussels and in all of Belgium in a coproduction with "Les Riches-Claires". The festival will cover 27 different venues to tribute to this master of jazz and gipsy music.

 

24-31 Mons

MONS SUPERSTAR

Mons Superstar is a must if you wish to encounter great men and women at the heart of a city and its region, and the perfect introduction to this European Year of Culture. Travel back in time to explore the dynamism of Mons and learn about the insane wagers and calculated risks, the triumphs and tribulations of fired-up inventors, zealous idealists and pragmatic engineers, all of whom have helped transform this city and its surrounding region.

 

24 Mons

GRAND OPENING MONS

Illumination is the theme of the Mons 2015 grand opening ceremony. You will be turned into a living mirror ball when you pull on one of the 18,000 silver ponchos that will be distributed for free. Then just wander around! There is no schedule for exploring every street, park and building that the artists have transformed. Light the thousands of candles that will set Place du Parc ablaze. Be dazzled by the 3D mapping of Carré des Arts. Or learn to dance with a hundred fluorescent robots at Place du Marché aux Herbes. All the artists will be out and about, but if you wander into the cultural venues, look out! It’ll be Woodstock at the Théâtre du Manège and jazzed up classics at the Alhambra. Overwrought? Then drift off into a reverie at the Belfry with the luminous elves who watch over the sleeping dragon. Treat yourself to a Finnish jacuzzi, then head back to the Grand’Place and dance into the small hours. Cue the lights!

 

24-31 Brussels

BRAFA -BRUSSELS ANTIQUES AND FINE ART FAIR

You are looking for old books, photographs, ancient and modern paintings or other antiquities? Or you just like to walk in the aisles filled with antiques? Then this is the place to be for both for curious as to collectors.

 

From January 24th, 2015 to February 1st, 2015

 

25-31 Mons

VAN GOGH AU BORINAGE

It was while he was in the Walloon coal-mining area of the Borinage, from December 1878 to October 1880, that Vincent van Gogh abandoned his career as a preacher and decided to become an artist. This exhibition takes you through this crucial period, during which the artistic ideas he developed largely set the course for his work. With some seventy paintings, drawings and letters by and from Van Gogh, the exhibition – which also includes over twenty works that the artist copied or that influenced his work – beautifully portrays his various sources of inspiration. The aim is not just to provide an insight into the beginnings of Van Gogh’s artistic career, but also to depict the living conditions in the Borinage at that time.

 

From January 25th, 2015 to May 17th, 2015

 

All month Brussels

EXPO 14-18, IT'S OUR HISTORY

Based on the rich and unique collections of the Royal Army Museum, this exhibition allows the public to discover all aspects of conflicts, which left Europe battered and weakened. The history of the conflict has been seen in a broader context where a place is left to all actors in this drama. The war and the everyday life during the Belgian occupation constitutes an important part of the exhibition. Authentic objects, sceneries, testimonies, multimedia, cinema films and immersive spaces show how this conflict has profoundly influenced the history of the 20th century.

 

From February 26th, 2014 to April 26th, 2015

 

February Place

Events

1 Brussels

BRAFA -BRUSSELS ANTIQUES AND FINE ART FAIR

You are looking for old books, photographs, ancient and modern paintings or other antiquities? Or you just like to walk in the aisles filled with antiques? Then this is the place to be for both for curious as to collectors.

 

From January 25th, 2014 to February 1st, 2015

 

1 Brussels

GLAMOUR 30’s FASHION EXPO

The fashion of the 1930, saw women return to more discreet styles with less ostentatious luxury, in a time of crisis. They rediscovered their figures, enhanced by skilful cuts and fabrics used on the bias, hugging the body. Underwear sculpted slender silhouettes. Hair was worn longer, with waves; hairstyles became more voluminous. Outfits were set off by a small hat, worn on the side of the head.

 

1-8 Brussels

MUSIC PALACE

Contemporary artists from all over the world look at the relationship between music, the cultures surrounding it, and society.

 

1-28 Brussels

SHOCK! 1914… WHAT IF THE WAR STARTS TOMORROW?

The Royal Archives, the CEGESOMA, and the Royal Library present a day-by-day reconstruction of the chaotic weeks of the summer and autumn of 1914. Visitors will be able to learn about those traumatic times from official records, press accounts, and personal testimonies.

 

4-6 Brussels

PROPULSE

EntreVues and Boutik Rock merged in 2012 and became Propulse, a performing arts rendezvous aimed primarily at those programming events, but which is also open to the public.

 

6-8 Brussels

SALON DU CHOCOLAT

The first Salon du Chocolat, in February 2014, was a great success, attracting nearly 30,000 visitors over three days to admire the work of master chocolatiers and sample chocolate in a great variety of forms at the world’s largest chocolate event.

 

6-9 Brussels

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

The new Brussels edition of the Affordable Art Fair hosts more than 90 Belgian and international galleries.

 

13-22 Brussels

ANIMA 2015

If you want to see the best animation films you have to go to the festival "Anima". With over 200 screenings of all genres, the festival has become a reference in the world of the animation. One week in an exceptional mood with quality films.

From February 13th, 2015 to February 22th, 2015

 

15-17 Binche

THE CARNIVAL OF BINCHE

For 3 days in February the town of Binche is transported back to the 16th century for a fantastic festival. Highlighted by music parades and fireworks, the climax of this event is when the Gilles appear on the Grand Place and throw oranges to the spectators. This infamous festivity has been classified by UNESCO along with its renowned Gilles.

 

16-18 Brussels

TRUC TROC

This original exhibition always attracts crowds to the Centre for Fine Arts. No money changes hands: visitors put post-its beside the artwork they want, offering goods, services, or even accommodation in return. In 2014 the event was expanded to include design and live entertainment.

 

20-27 Mons

MONS INTERNATIONAL ROMANTIC FILM FESTIVAL

The Mons festival as its name suggests, is a festival about romantic cinema and offers love movies with high sensitivity. Since his debut, he won in insurance, in quality, in size, but never denatured. He kept the heart in the centre of its ambitions: the love of cinema of quality, of those who do and those who watch ...

 

26-28 Brussels

FOIRE DU LIVRE

This annual (mainly French-language) book fair, featuring more than a thousand publishers, continues to attract tens of thousands of book-lovers. It features encounters, readings, talks, awards, signing sessions, films, and other activities.

 

26-28 Brussels

GAO XINGJIAN

Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, is a playwright, translator, director, and painter. Treated as a dissident in his own country, he has won international fame, particularly with his novel Soul Mountain. The paintings on show are inspired by classical Chinese tradition.

 

26-28 Brussels

STRICTLY POSTERS

To mark the centenary of his birth, a tribute to Lucien De Roeck (1915–2002), creator of one of the most iconic posters of Expo 58. As a graphic designer, typographer, illustrator, and poster designer, his work combined accuracy of line with great imaginative power.The exhibition includes original posters, newspaper cartoons, sketchbooks, paintings and drawings by De Roeck, whose students included Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.

 

From February 26th to May 31st, 2015

 

27-28 Brussels

THE SULTAN’S WORLD – THE OTTOMAN ORIENT IN RENAISSANCE ART

After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453, Westerners became fascinated by their culture and learning. Their capital received visitors from all over Europe and trade and cultural exchanges flourished, leading to the creation of a great many works of art. This exhibition looks at the West’s fascination with Ottoman culture and at the  influence of the Islamic world on Renaissance thought. It includes works by Bellini, Carpaccio, Dürer, Titian, and others.

 

From February 27th to May 31st,2015

 

28 Brussels

MARC CHAGALL

An overview of the painter’s career in a selection of 120 works, with a special focus on his Russian period. It presents the main themes of his work, including his connection with Jewish culture, the iconography of the Jewish shtetl or village, and folk traditions, as well as his relationship with 17th-century writers such as La Fontaine. It includes works on loan from international museums such as Tate London, the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

 

From February 28th to June 28th, 2015

 

All month Brussels

EXPO 14-18, IT'S OUR HISTORY

Based on the rich and unique collections of the Royal Army Museum, this exhibition allows the public to discover all aspects of conflicts, which left Europe battered and weakened. The history of the conflict has been seen in a broader context where a place is left to all actors in this drama. The war and the everyday life during the Belgian occupation constitutes an important part of the exhibition. Authentic objects, sceneries, testimonies, multimedia, cinema films and immersive spaces show how this conflict has profoundly influenced the history of the 20th century.

 

From February 26th, 2015 to April 26th, 2015

 

All month Mons

VAN GOGH AU BORINAGE

It was while he was in the Walloon coal-mining area of the Borinage, from December 1878 to October 1880, that Vincent van Gogh abandoned his career as a preacher and decided to become an artist. This exhibition takes you through this crucial period, during which the artistic ideas he developed largely set the course for his work. With some seventy paintings, drawings and letters by and from Van Gogh, the exhibition – which also includes over twenty works that the artist copied or that influenced his work – beautifully portrays his various sources of inspiration. The aim is not just to provide an insight into the beginnings of Van Gogh’s artistic career, but also to depict the living conditions in the Borinage at that time.

 

From January 25th, 2015 to May 17th, 2015

 

All month Mons

MONS SUPERSTAR

Mons Superstar is a must if you wish to encounter great men and women at the heart of a city and its region, and the perfect introduction to this European Year of Culture. Travel back in time to explore the dynamism of Mons and learn about the insane wagers and calculated risks, the triumphs and tribulations of fired-up inventors, zealous idealists and pragmatic engineers, all of whom have helped transform this city and its surrounding region.

 

From January 24th to April 12th, 2015

 

March Place

Events

1-2 Brussels

FOIRE DU LIVRE

This annual (mainly French-language) book fair, featuring more than a thousand publishers, continues to attract tens of thousands of book-lovers. It features encounters, readings, talks, awards, signing sessions, films, and other activities.

 

1-3 Brussels

BRUSSELS, MY BUBBLE

Celebrating 25 years of the Brussels-Capital region and its own 25th anniversary, the Comic Strip Centre explores the image of Brussels as presented in comic strips over the last 25 years. Whether by permanent residents or those just passing through, both traditional and contemporary strips have constantly reinvented the image of a city that is a constantly changing melting pot of cultures and influences.

 

1-3 Malmedy

CARNIVAL PARADE OR "CWARME" OF MALMEDY

This Cwarme is listed as an Immaterial Heritage of the Wallonia-Brussels.The burning of the principal carnival character, the Haguete, at the end of the day marks the end of the Cwarme and, therefore, of the winter. There are balls, parades, parties and dances in all the bars of the town during the four carnival days.

 

1-15 Brussels

LASCAUX

The 20,000-year-old paintings in the cave at Lascaux in the Dordogne, discovered in 1940, can no longer be visited by the public. This travelling exhibition, opening on 14 November 2014, allows you to see an outstanding reconstruction of the “Sistine Chapel of cave art”, including sections not replicated in the new cave built at Lascaux itself. The exhibition also looks at Lascaux’s cultural context and includes items from the local museum, as well as from Brussels museums.

 

1-15 Brussels

COOKING-POTS, STEW-PANS & CO

Pizza in the oven, macaroni in the microwave, and “ping”, it’s ready. Easy, isn’t it? But what were things like 100 years ago? Discover your grandmother’s kitchen.

 

1-28 Brussels

LEZARTS FESTIVAL

A festival that showcases the creativity of the hip-hop scene, including choreography, concerts, DJ sets, and live drawing.

 

1-29 Brussels

VICTOR HUGO IN EXILE

An exhibition that looks at the period Victor Hugo spent in exile in Belgium, including his correspondence and drawings of the time, as well as a look at publications such as Napoléon le Petit and Les Misérables.

 

3-6 Brussels

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

A long-established Canadian festival on a world tour: one that focuses on films about mountains and mountain activities, including adventure sports such as tightrope-walking, canyoning, skiing, and mountain-climbing.

 

4-22 Brussels

OFFSCREEN FESTIVAL

Offscreen is an annual, non-competitive festival for lovers of offbeat cinema. It showcases independent, cult, previously unseen, and unconventional films in a wide array of genres and at a variety of venues.

 

6-21 Brussels

FILM FESTIVAL AGAINST RACISM

A film festival in the context of the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, with feature films, shorts, exchanges, encounters, etc.

 

7 Brussels

MUSEUM NIGHT FEVER

In more than 20 Brussels museums, young people present concerts, performances, installations, fashion shows, guided tours, and games to entertain their contemporaries, who can buy a cheap pass and use shuttle buses to get around. All ending in a big after party.

 

9 Namur

GREAT TRADITIONAL BONFIRE IN BOUGE

Overlooking Namur, the village of Bouge celebrates the first Sunday of Lent with the Great Fire, the most famous of Wallonia. This tradition is more than a thousand years old.

 

13-14 Brussels

5TH EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE

The Brussels Blues Society hosts the fifth edition of this two-day European event, preceded by an opening night on the evening of Thursday 12 March that will showcase Belgian participants in previous editions. The 2015 Challenge features 20 acts (groups and individuals) that have qualified to represent 20 different countries. A kind of Eurovision for the blues!

 

14-16 Stavelot

CARNIVAL OF THE LAETARE IN STAVELOT

This spectacular event takes place in March and is highlighted by the Blanc Moussi, which means “clad in white”. Beginning on Sunday, the Blancs Moussis wander the streets of the town putting up their irreverent posters. In the afternoon they step out from the cortege while staying on their floats and shower the crowds with confetti while flogging them with pork bladders.

 

20-28 Brussels

MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Millenium Festival celebrates 6 years of existence. It will screen documentary films from all around the world.

 

20-29 Brussels

EURANTICA

Known for its eclectism and contemporary character, Eurantica grew to be the largest fine art and antiques fair in Belgium. Eurantica is a selection of 125 Belgian and international galleries, 25,000 collectors, professionals, art critics and art lovers, and a panal of 25 experts ensuring consistently high quality.


30 Fosses-la-ville

CARNIVAL OF THE CHINELS IN FOSSES-LA-VILLE

The famous "Chinels", dressed in bright colors, animate this carnival and dance on the four "songs of Chinel".

 

30 Andenne

CARNIVAL OF BEARS ANDENNE

This carnival celebrates the victory of Charles Martel against a bear which was terrorizing the city. At the end of day, a teddy bear is launched from the balcony of the town hall.

 

30 La Louviere

CARNIVAL OF LA LOUVIERE

In mid-Lent, La Louviere wakes to the sound of drums and the pounding hooves of his Gilles.

 

From 30th March to 1st April, 2015

 

All month Brussels

EXPO 14-18, IT'S OUR HISTORY

Based on the rich and unique collections of the Royal Army Museum, this exhibition allows the public to discover all aspects of conflicts, which left Europe battered and weakened. The history of the conflict has been seen in a broader context where a place is left to all actors in this drama. The war and the everyday life during the Belgian occupation constitutes an important part of the exhibition. Authentic objects, sceneries, testimonies, multimedia, cinema films and immersive spaces show how this conflict has profoundly influenced the history of the 20th century.

 

From February 26th, 2014 to April 26th, 2015

 

All month Brussels

THE SULTAN’S WORLD – THE OTTOMAN ORIENT IN RENAISSANCE ART

After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453, Westerners became fascinated by their culture and learning. Their capital received visitors from all over Europe and trade and cultural exchanges flourished, leading to the creation of a great many works of art. This exhibition looks at the West’s fascination with Ottoman culture and at the  influence of the Islamic world on Renaissance thought. It includes works by Bellini, Carpaccio, Dürer, Titian, and others.

 

All month

Brussels

GAO XINGJIAN

Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, is a playwright, translator, director, and painter. Treated as a dissident in his own country, he has won international fame, particularly with his novel Soul Mountain. The paintings on show are inspired by classical Chinese tradition.

 

All month Brussels

STRICTLY POSTERS

To mark the centenary of his birth, a tribute to Lucien De Roeck (1915–2002), creator of one of the most iconic posters of Expo 58. As a graphic designer, typographer, illustrator, and poster designer, his work combined accuracy of line with great imaginative power.The exhibition includes original posters, newspaper cartoons, sketchbooks, paintings and drawings by De Roeck, whose students included Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.

 

All month Brussels

MARC CHAGALL

An overview of the painter’s career in a selection of 120 works, with a special focus on his Russian period. It presents the main themes of his work, including his connection with Jewish culture, the iconography of the Jewish shtetl or village, and folk traditions, as well as his relationship with 17th-century writers such as La Fontaine. It includes works on loan from international museums such as Tate London, the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

 

All month Mons

VAN GOGH AU BORINAGE

It was while he was in the Walloon coal-mining area of the Borinage, from December 1878 to October 1880, that Vincent van Gogh abandoned his career as a preacher and decided to become an artist. This exhibition takes you through this crucial period, during which the artistic ideas he developed largely set the course for his work. With some seventy paintings, drawings and letters by and from Van Gogh, the exhibition – which also includes over twenty works that the artist copied or that influenced his work – beautifully portrays his various sources of inspiration. The aim is not just to provide an insight into the beginnings of Van Gogh’s artistic career, but also to depict the living conditions in the Borinage at that time.

 

All month Mons

MONS SUPERSTAR

Mons Superstar is a must if you wish to encounter great men and women at the heart of a city and its region, and the perfect introduction to this European Year of Culture. Travel back in time to explore the dynamism of Mons and learn about the insane wagers and calculated risks, the triumphs and tribulations of fired-up inventors, zealous idealists and pragmatic engineers, all of whom have helped transform this city and its surrounding region.

 

April Place

Events

1 La Louviere

CARNIVAL OF LA LOUVIERE

In mid-Lent, La Louviere wakes to the sound of drums and the pounding hooves of his Gilles.

 

From 30th March to 1st April, 2015

 

1-26 Brussels

EXPO 14-18, IT'S OUR HISTORY

Based on the rich and unique collections of the Royal Army Museum, this exhibition allows the public to discover all aspects of conflicts, which left Europe battered and weakened. The history of the conflict has been seen in a broader context where a place is left to all actors in this drama. The war and the everyday life during the Belgian occupation constitutes an important part of the exhibition. Authentic objects, sceneries, testimonies, multimedia, cinema films and immersive spaces show how this conflict has profoundly influenced the history of the 20th century.


From February 26th, 2014 to April 26th, 2015

 

5 Tournai

THE FLOWER MARKET OF TOURNAI

This flower market custom dates back to 1825. At that time, ham and flowers were sold there to celebrate the end of Lent and the Easter festivals. This market is always held on Good Friday. This ancient tradition, much loved by Tournaisians, attracts a hundred of horticulturist and a vast crowd each year...


7-19 Brussels

BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL

Films to get the adrenaline going and the heart beating faster. Past award-winners have included Let the Right One In, Dog Soldiers, Dark City, Ringu, The Butterfly Effect, and Dark Waters.This year’s BIFFF has a special focus on Alex de la Iglesia. Lots of non-film events, too: don’t miss the annual Vampires’ Ball!

 

16-19 Brussels

HOPLA!

The circus comes to a number of city-centre locations for four days every April in the form of a festival catering for families and featuring scores of artists and activity leaders. Open-air shows, big-top shows, and a variety of other activities - all free!

 

18-31 Brussels

THE ROYAL GREENHOUSES IN LAEKEN

The Greenhouses of the Royal Palace at Laeken are remarkable. Initially conceived as an orangery, the Winter Garden is a gem of Art Nouveau style and will delight both aficionados of 19th century architecture and green-fingered plant enthusiasts. The highly impressive greenhouses with their ironwork frames are home to a charming range of flora and many rare species. They cover six acres of neoclassical rotundas, domes and galleries. Twenty full time gardeners tend the giant ferns, fruit-bearing banana trees, grottoes and an astonishing collection of tropical plants. Walkways are filled with climbing geraniums and fuchsias whose blossoms form an overhead canopy. A royal visit awaits!

From April 18th to May 09th 2015.

 

19-21 Redu

BOOK FESTIVAL IN REDU

Each year since 1984, this small village of 400 inhabitants accommodates a large book fair. Walking through the streets of Redu, you can push the door of some thirty businesses, including 17 book stores. The Village Book of Redu annually hosts more than 200,000 visitors from around the world.

 

21-27 Wallonia

FLECHE WALLONNE

The Fleche Wallonne is an international cycling race of one day, a classic, which takes place in Belgium during the spring. This race is part of the Pro-Tour programme and it is one of the most prized cycling races in Belgium.The Fleche Wallonne starts from Bastogne and arrives in Huy.

 

23-25 Brussels

BALKAN TRAFIK FESTIVAL

The best place to discover the culture of Balkan and South east of Europe. This festival mixes traditional musics, electronic musics and cinematographic productions.

 

23-27 Brussels

THE BRUSSELS TANGO FESTIVAL

The Tango Festival offers demonstrations and beginners’ classes in a variety of venues, not just onstage, but also in metro stations and quiet corners in city parks.

 

23-30 Brussels

BRUSSELS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

The Brussels Short Film Festival invites you to discover the pick of the world's short films, with more than 300 films from 40 countries. The festival includes international and national competitions. Look out for its Very Short, Trash, and Best Of sessions!

From April 23rd to Mai 03rd, 2015.

 

24-27 Liege

100th EDITION OF LIEGE-BASTOGNE-LIEGE

Liege-Bastogne- Liege, often called La Doyenne ("the oldest"), is one of the five 'Monuments' of the European professional road cycling calendar, and one of 24 races in which points can be gained towards the UCI World Ranking. The first edition was run in 1892 for amateurs, the first race for professionals taking place in 1894 when Leon Houa (who won the 1892 race as an amateur) triumphed. It is run in the Ardennes region of Belgium, from Liege to Bastogne and back. The race follows a straightforward 95 km route from Liege to Bastogne, and a winding 163 km route back to Liege. The second half contains most of the climbs.

 

24-27 Liege

INTERNATIONAL DETECTIVE FILMS FESTIVAL IN LIEGE

The 2015 edition will undoubtedly meet your expectations, if not beat them! The third edition of the "La Nuit Sera Courts" ("The Night will be Shorts") offers you a chance to dive into the fascinating universe of short films, with 10 Belgian and French shorts competing, and meet the films' actors and directors.

 

25-27

Brussels

ART BRUSSELS 2015

This is one of the biggest rendez-vous for the lover of contemporary art in Europe. More than 2000 artists, international well-known names as well as promising young talents, 30 000 contemporary art lovers and Famous belgian collectors as well as a 30% visitors from abroad.

 

30

Brussels

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

The Unesco has proclaimed an "international jazz day". Join in with numerous jazz institutions to celebrate this day, in Brussels 30/04/15! With more than 100 concerts per week and high-level musicians, Belgium is a talent promoter! This 30 April afternoon, while sipping your aperitif at the bar or running to catch your train, keep your ears pricked and eyes peeled for jazz, all around the city!

 

All month

Brussels

THE SULTAN’S WORLD – THE OTTOMAN ORIENT IN RENAISSANCE ART

After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453, Westerners became fascinated by their culture and learning. Their capital received visitors from all over Europe and trade and cultural exchanges flourished, leading to the creation of a great many works of art. This exhibition looks at the West’s fascination with Ottoman culture and at the  influence of the Islamic world on Renaissance thought. It includes works by Bellini, Carpaccio, Dürer, Titian, and others.

 

All month

Brussels

GAO XINGJIAN

Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, is a playwright, translator, director, and painter. Treated as a dissident in his own country, he has won international fame, particularly with his novel Soul Mountain. The paintings on show are inspired by classical Chinese tradition.


All month

Brussels

STRICTLY POSTERS

To mark the centenary of his birth, a tribute to Lucien De Roeck (1915–2002), creator of one of the most iconic posters of Expo 58. As a graphic designer, typographer, illustrator, and poster designer, his work combined accuracy of line with great imaginative power.The exhibition includes original posters, newspaper cartoons, sketchbooks, paintings and drawings by De Roeck, whose students included Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.

 

All month

Brussels

MARC CHAGALL

An overview of the painter’s career in a selection of 120 works, with a special focus on his Russian period. It presents the main themes of his work, including his connection with Jewish culture, the iconography of the Jewish shtetl or village, and folk traditions, as well as his relationship with 17th-century writers such as La Fontaine. It includes works on loan from international museums such as Tate London, the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

 

Alll month Mons

VAN GOGH AU BORINAGE

It was while he was in the Walloon coal-mining area of the Borinage, from December 1878 to October 1880, that Vincent van Gogh abandoned his career as a preacher and decided to become an artist. This exhibition takes you through this crucial period, during which the artistic ideas he developed largely set the course for his work. With some seventy paintings, drawings and letters by and from Van Gogh, the exhibition – which also includes over twenty works that the artist copied or that influenced his work – beautifully portrays his various sources of inspiration. The aim is not just to provide an insight into the beginnings of Van Gogh’s artistic career, but also to depict the living conditions in the Borinage at that time.

 

May Place Events
1-3 Brussels

BRUSSELS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

From April 23rd to Mai 03 2014 the Brussels Short Film Festival invites you to discover the pick of the world's short films, with more than 300 films from 40 countries. The festival includes international and national competitions. Look out for its Very Short, Trash, and Best Of sessions!

From April 23rd to Mai 03rd, 2015.

 

1-9 Brussels

THE ROYAL GREENHOUSES IN LAEKEN

The Greenhouses of the Royal Palace at Laeken are remarkable. Initially conceived as an orangery, the Winter Garden is a gem of Art Nouveau style and will delight both aficionados of 19th century architecture and green-fingered plant enthusiasts. The highly impressive greenhouses with their ironwork frames are home to a charming range of flora and many rare species. They cover six acres of neoclassical rotundas, domes and galleries. Twenty full time gardeners tend the giant ferns, fruit-bearing banana trees, grottoes and an astonishing collection of tropical plants. Walkways are filled with climbing geraniums and fuchsias whose blossoms form an overhead canopy. A royal visit awaits!

From April 18th to May 09th 2015.

 

1-17 Mons

VAN GOGH AU BORINAGE

It was while he was in the Walloon coal-mining area of the Borinage, from December 1878 to October 1880, that Vincent van Gogh abandoned his career as a preacher and decided to become an artist. This exhibition takes you through this crucial period, during which the artistic ideas he developed largely set the course for his work. With some seventy paintings, drawings and letters by and from Van Gogh, the exhibition – which also includes over twenty works that the artist copied or that influenced his work – beautifully portrays his various sources of inspiration. The aim is not just to provide an insight into the beginnings of Van Gogh’s artistic career, but also to depict the living conditions in the Borinage at that time.

 

4-30 Brussels

THE QUEEN ELISABETH COMPETITION

This competition was organized for the first time in 1937 by the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium to help young musicians. this year, classical singers will compete.

 

7-9 Liege

LIEGE JAZZ FESTIVAL

The city of Liege annually hosts a significant jazz festival: More than 20 concerts in 4  venues in the Palais des Congres. This prestigious event is an impressive gathering of Belgian and International jazz stars that perform all types of jazz, from classical to the most audacious.

 

8-30 Brussels

THE KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS

"The Kunstenfestivaldesarts." The name itself is an invitation to the opening. A selection of Belgian and international artists and their works in a cosmopolitan city where mingle major cultural influences european and international. The Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes place in Brussels, the only city in Belgium where the country's two largest communities live together. The Kunstenfestivaldesarts also runs a series of encounters and workshops alongside its programme that are aimed at putting its artistic project at the heart of the city and the people who live there.

 

9-10 Brussels

FETE DE L'IRIS

A big occasion in Brussels life: around the iris, it's symbolic flower, the Brussels-Capital Region sends out a friendly invitation to its citizeins and visitors to come and celebrate it in a very laid-back way. Open doors to all the institutions and a large number of activities for all ages. These include concerts, street entertainment and organized activities and the Sunday evening mega-concert on place des Palais.

 

9-10 Liberchies

DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL

Django Reinhardt is celebrated every year in its native village. Concerts, street entertainment are on the program.

 

16 Brussels

BELGIAN PRIDE

In the city center, join the very colorful parade of wit, shows, concerts and surprises. Belgian Pride offers one day of freedom for everyone, including gays, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgender and intersexual community and their friends, to be themselves, right in the heart of the city, filling the capital with a fantastic party atmosphere.

 

17

 

Thuin

 

MILITARY MARCH SAINT ROCH IN THUIN

This folkloric march, named " Masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage" of the French community makes the all region resound with flutes and drums. In Thuin, festivities start with a torchlight procession on Saturday night and the next day, more than 2,500 hikers are crossing the city.

 

17-30 Dinant

THE LEFFE JAZZ NIGHT

A Jazz Festival in the beautiful Parc de Bellevue. International Musicians and bands and the Young Talent Contest are the strong sides of the one of most important Jazz festival in Belgium.

 

21-25 Brussels

CULINARIA

After 5 successful editions, Culinaria, supported by the Brussels Capital Region, has become an internationally acclaimed event, serving haute cuisine from around the world. A true smorgasbord in the heart of Europe, Culinaria offers a unique taste of Belgian culinary talents. Each year, Culinaria has a main theme, and the cutting-edge gastronomical trends attract large crowds.

 

24-25 Arlon

MAITRANK FESTIVAL

The Maitrank, a beverage from Arlon, is woodruff flower soaked in Moselle wine with oranges and other spices. Every year, the city celebrates its local drink. During these festivities, folk bands parade across the city. Several Maitrank tasting stands are set up in the centre of town.


24 Brussels

BRUSSELS JAZZ MARATHON

Rendez-vous at Grand Place, the Sablon Square, the St-Catherine Square and F. Cock Square to enjoy the 4 outdoor stages, generously complemented - until the early hours - with concerts at dozens of clubs and bars. Jazz, blues, funk, World: take your choice! There are all sorts of sounds and vibes for even the most discerning tastes. Add FREE admission for everyone, a special matinee for kids, free up- and downtown shuttles and a swinging, friendly atmosphere all over the city...

 

31 Brussels

20KM OF BRUSSELS

The 35th annual Brussels 20Km is a fun way to discover the city differently while running.

 

All month Brussels

ROSINSKI OF POLAND

A true comic-strip genius, Grzegorz Rosinski studied drawing and painting in before launching into a prolific career as an illustrator. He first turned his hand to comic strips in 1968, drawing historical tales and then detective and adventure stories before the decisive encounter with Jean Van Hamme in 1976 that led to the creation of Thorgal.

 

All month Brussels

THE SULTAN’S WORLD – THE OTTOMAN ORIENT IN RENAISSANCE ART

After the Ottomans conquered Constantinople in 1453, Westerners became fascinated by their culture and learning. Their capital received visitors from all over Europe and trade and cultural exchanges flourished, leading to the creation of a great many works of art. This exhibition looks at the West’s fascination with Ottoman culture and at the  influence of the Islamic world on Renaissance thought. It includes works by Bellini, Carpaccio, Dürer, Titian, and others.

 

All month Brussels

STRICTLY POSTERS

To mark the centenary of his birth, a tribute to Lucien De Roeck (1915–2002), creator of one of the most iconic posters of Expo 58. As a graphic designer, typographer, illustrator, and poster designer, his work combined accuracy of line with great imaginative power.The exhibition includes original posters, newspaper cartoons, sketchbooks, paintings and drawings by De Roeck, whose students included Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.

 

All month Brussels

GAO XINGJIAN

Gao Xingjian, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, is a playwright, translator, director, and painter. Treated as a dissident in his own country, he has won international fame, particularly with his novel Soul Mountain. The paintings on show are inspired by classical Chinese tradition.

 

NA Chevetogne

GARDENS AND HOBBIES FESTIVAL

Garden lovers can collect a bunch of new ideas. Featuring stands with plants, gardening clothes, tools, garden furniture, swimming pools, saunas. In short, everything you need to make your garden a haven of peace and beauty for the warm summer evening to come.

 

All month Brussels

MARC CHAGALL

An overview of the painter’s career in a selection of 120 works, with a special focus on his Russian period. It presents the main themes of his work, including his connection with Jewish culture, the iconography of the Jewish shtetl or village, and folk traditions, as well as his relationship with 17th-century writers such as La Fontaine. It includes works on loan from international museums such as Tate London, the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

 

June Place

Events

1-13 Mons

ATOPOLIS

This contemporary art exhibition, supported by the WIELS contemporary art centre in Brussels, will present a group of artists fascinated by the phenomena of circulation, exchange and transfer of artistic cultures and practices. The title alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, an influential commentator on cultural hybridity, who long ago began to argue in favour of interconnected and egalitarian relations between human beings, between the community and nature, between the animate and inanimate world, and between the imaginary, the symbolic and the real.

 

1-17 Brussels

EDDY MERCKX/JACKY ICKX – THE EXHIBITION

A 525-time winner, Eddy Merckx was the most successful cycle racer of all time, while Jacky Ickx’s career was one of the richest and longest in the history of motor sport. In 2015, both celebrate 70th birthdays - and a long-term friendship.

Some of the actual cars that made “Mister Le Mans” great, original bikes on which “The Cannibal” broke the world one-hour record or won the Col du Tourmalet climb, photos and films never seen before, and items from collections worldwide are displayed over 2,000 square metres. Merckx and Ickx have also lent personal souvenirs. Add an interactive exhibition route and a stunning installation by photographer Stephan Vanfleteren and you have a complete picture of what made these two great.

 

1-28 Brussels

DINNER IN THE SKY

Dinner in the Sky in Brussels, has met the challenge by providing a unique occasion to discover Brussels' high cuisine in the most extraordinary manner possible: 22 guests and 1 starred' chef will share an unforgettable gastronomic experience in the skies over the capital, enjoying an unparalleled view of Brussels and its surroundings while delighting in rare dishes and fine wines.

From June 1st to June 28th, 2015

 

1-28 Brussels

MARC CHAGALL

An overview of the painter’s career in a selection of 120 works, with a special focus on his Russian period. It presents the main themes of his work, including his connection with Jewish culture, the iconography of the Jewish shtetl or village, and folk traditions, as well as his relationship with 17th-century writers such as La Fontaine. It includes works on loan from international museums such as Tate London, the MoMA in New York, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

 

5-6 Brussels

LA CAMBRE FASHION SHOW

The annual Fashion show starring the young designer of the fashion school of La Cambre. Two hours of magical sights with a succession of original designs as good as the Parisian shows. Discover the new generation of Brussels' creativity.


5-12 Brussels

BRUSSELS FILM FESTIVAL

The Brussels Film Festival invites you to discover a selection of international films. The Films broadcasted outside allow you to see the Place Flagey place under a new angle...

 

18-21 Waterloo

BICENTENARY OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO

In June 2015, be at the very heart of the grandiose reconstruction of an event which continues to speak to the collective imagination: the Battle of Waterloo! To commemorate the Bicentenary of this Battle that left Europe stunned and that was instrumental in determining the future of our regions, the ASBL ‘Bataille de Waterloo 1815’ is planning the most impressive reconstructions ever seen in Europe: 5000 re-enactors, 300 horses and 100 canons. Don’t miss this opportunity as the next edition won’t be until 2025!


Attend two exceptional re-enactments of two different phases of the Battle. These shows promise to be different, fun for all, and full of emotions – Come and participate from the very front line. You will also have the opportunity to visit the museums, take a wander through the bivouacs and discover life as it was for the troops 200 years ago.

 

19-21 Brussels

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

Completely different from a music festival, the Fete de la Musique is above all a free popular fete, open to any participant (amateur or professional musicians) who wants to perform in it. This Music day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience, working to popularize musical practice for young and not so young people from all social backgrounds. It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.

From June 19th to June 21st, takes place in le Parc du Cinquantenaire.

 

NA Andenne

BEAR ROCK FESTIVAL

Outdoor music Festival, bands from Belgium and abroad, cocktails bar, giant screens for animated movies, street artists,...

 

28 Brussels

COULEUR CAFE FESTIVAL

An explosion of exotic, throbbing music from the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America. In between concerts visitors can buy ornaments and handicraft products from all over the world and sample delicious cocktails and international dishes.

 

NA Namur

VERDUR ROCK FESTIVAL

This international festival for contemporary music is free of charge and takes place in the magnificent setting of the nature theater at the Citadel of Namur.

 

30 Brussels

OMMEGANG PAGEANT

Yearly colorful pageant on Brussels' Grand'Place. A breathtaking panorama of folklore, magic, and entertainment. More than  1,400 performers will help you relive the 1549 procession in honor of Charles V.

 

July Place Events
1-2 Brussels

OMMEGANG PAGEANT

Yearly colorful pageant on Brussels' Grand'Place. A breathtaking panorama of folklore, magic, and entertainment. More than  1,400 performers will help you relive the 1549 procession in honor of Charles V.

 

3-31 Brussels

"BRUXELLES-LES-BAINS"

A beach in the city! Fine sand with palm trees, sports areas, games for children and food served in straw huts. In the very centre of Brussels, fun guaranteed!

From July 3rd to August 10th,2015

 

9-12 Liege

LES ARDENTES

A mix of international and local artists, with a friendly atmosphere and a great program come together during this exciting music festival. The 8th edition of this "electro-rock" Festival with an established reputation, at the Astrid Park in Coronmeuse.

 

12-23 La Roche

THE PHANTOM OF LA ROCHE

Every evening at dusk the ghost of Berthe - daughter of the Count of La Roche in the tenth century - wanders the castle walls lamenting her tragic destiny. Believing to have been betrayed by her fiancé, she sold her soul to the Devil on the condition that she could avenge herself by taking her fiancé to death with her.

From July 12th until August 23rd 2015

 

NA Dour

DOUR MUSIC FESTIVAL

An alternative music festival including 4 days of celebrations, an immense camp site, 6 stages, 240 groups and DJ's.

 

NA Spa

FRANCOFOLIES

This music festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013! Discover many stages, different kind music from rock to pop, young artist or famous singer. Activities and food complete this summer ambiance!

 

21 Public Holiday INDEPENDENCE DAY
All month Libramont

THE LIBRAMONT AGRICULTURAL FAIR

A huge open-air exhibition that welcomes more than 200,000 visitors, along with 1,800 exhibitors and brands, on a site covering 300,000 m² every year. It is an outstanding showcase for the rural world, which it presents from many different angles: machinery, livestock breeding, forestry, the agri-food industry, horticulture, research, education and culture. A must see in Wallonia!

 

NA Spa

SPA 24 HOURS

For the car-lovers or professionals, this worldwide famous race of Gran Turismo cars is the place to be. More than 60 engines on the starting block and pilots who come from all around the wolrd!

 

All month Brussels

ROYAL PALACE OF BRUSSELS

When they go away on holiday, it's tradition for our monarchs to leave the doors of their palace wide open, and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have no intention of departing from that rule. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers, period furniture, not to mention the ceremonial room with the ceiling decorated with the elytra wings of scarab beetles.

From late July to early September 2015

 

All month Brussels

MIDIS-MINIMES FESTIVAL

Like every year, the Midis-Minimes Festival offers you a concert of about 40 minutes every weekday in Brussels Minimes Church and the Conservatory. Diversified festival with traditional music on Monday, old on Tuesday, 18th century music on Wednesday, contemporary music on Thursday, and 19th century music on Friday. Discover new repertoires, composers, artists, instruments... At the same time, 3 cycles are devoted to instruments in general: women's voices, the piano and some "curiosities".

 

All month Mons

ATOPOLIS

This contemporary art exhibition, supported by the WIELS contemporary art centre in Brussels, will present a group of artists fascinated by the phenomena of circulation, exchange and transfer of artistic cultures and practices. The title alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, an influential commentator on cultural hybridity, who long ago began to argue in favour of interconnected and egalitarian relations between human beings, between the community and nature, between the animate and inanimate world, and between the imaginary, the symbolic and the real.

 

August Place

Events

 

1-2 Namur

ESPERANZAH FESTIVAL

Esperanzah! is a festival for dedicated, nomadic and varied music styles and invites you to a world tour with new voices, different sounds and foreign and inventive rhythms. The international programme includes about twenty concerts of famous as well as new artists.

 

1-10 Brussels

"BRUXELLES-LES-BAINS"

A beach in the city! Fine sand with palm trees, sports areas, games for children and food served in straw huts. In the very centre of Brussels, fun guaranteed!

From July 1st to August 10th, 2015

 

2 Redu

BOOK NIGHT

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, bookshops and lots of street artists liven up the village!

 

2-3 La Roche-en-Ardennes

MEDIEVAL WEEK-END

Archery , fauconnery, large artisanal market & troubadours.

 

8-9 Bouillon

MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL

Immerse yourself into the heart of the Middle Ages, live at its pace and take a journey through time. Discover crafts, food, entertainment and music. This unique event will alow you to experience the Middle Ages in the historic Bouillon Castle.

 

12-23 La Roche

THE PHANTOM OF LA ROCHE

Every evening at dusk the ghost of Berthe - daughter of the Count of La Roche in the tenth century - wanders the castle walls lamenting her tragic destiny. Believing to have been betrayed by her fiancé, she sold her soul to the Devil on the condition that she could avenge herself by taking her fiancé to death with her.

From July 12th until August 23rd 2015

 

14-23 Brussels

BRUSSELS SUMMER FESTIVAL

This music festival has more than 280 free concerts in a diverse range of music styles - rock, world music, jazz, hip hop, folk and reggae. It is also a meeting place for different forms of artistic expression including street theater, traveling groups, a circus and more.

 

15 Public Holiday

ASSUMPTION DAY

15 Dinant

THE BATHTUB REGATE

Follow this unusual and funny race on the Meuse. 25.000 people come to watch the most amazing crafts they've never seen. Animations, musics and food stands complete the show to spend a ideal afternoon in South Belgium

 

15 Liege

OUTREMEUSE FESTIVAL

During the festivities of August 15th, experience the joyful festival of Outremeuse: concerts, culinary traditions (peket and boukete), flea markets, popular games, processions,traditional dances, and many other great activities!

 

21-23 Spa

THE BELGIAN FORMULA 1-GRAND PRIX OF SPA

The Belgian Formula One Grand Prix of Spa-Francorchamps is a mythical event where every year numerous exciting surprises await you. Discover the best track where the best F1 pilots ride!

 

22-23 Chassepierre

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE STREET ARTS

During a weekend, the streets of Chassepierre will be invaded by many artist who will enchanted the area. Craft market and food stands, many animations outdoors.

 

23 Seneffe

LA NUIT MUSICALE

This evening of concerts is a celebration of the most beautiful treasures of classical music held against a backdrop of one of Belgium's most beautiful castles, the Chateau of Seneffe. Performances begin at 6pm and continue until midnight.

 

23-24 Ath

DUCASSE OF ATH

The Ducasse of Ath is a UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity which takes place on the 4th weekend of August. The ducasse (fair) dates back to the 15th century and stages the famous giants of Ath. One of these giants is no other than the renowned Gouyasse (Goliath), who is the king of the festival.

 

28-30 Mons

TANKS IN TOWN

This is one of the largest gathering of armored vehicles to commemorate the Tank Europe liberation of the city of Mons in 1944 by the 83rd Reconnaissance Battalion of the 3rd U.S. Armored Division.

From 28th to August 30th, 2015

 

29-30 Villers-la-Ville

CHOIRS NIGHT

During two nights, live an amazing and surprising experience in the middle of the ruins of the ruins of the old city. Fairies and music, enchanted voices and lightshows, everyting is there to take you into another world!

 

All month Brussels

MIDIS-MINIMES FESTIVAL

Like every year, the Midis-Minimes Festival offers you a concert of about 40 minutes every weekday in Brussels Minimes Church and the Conservatory. Diversified festival with traditional music on Monday, old on Tuesday, 18th century music on Wednesday, contemporary music on Thursday, and 19th century music on Friday. Discover new repertoires, composers, artists, instruments... At the same time, 3 cycles are devoted to instruments in general: women's voices, the piano and some "curiosities"

 

TBA Brussels

ROYAL PALACE OF BRUSSELS

When they go away on holiday, it's tradition for our monarchs to leave the doors of their palace wide open, and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have no intention of departing from that rule. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers, period furniture, not to mention the ceremonial room with the ceiling decorated with the elytra wings of scarab beetles.

From late July to early September 2015

 

All month Mons

ATOPOLIS

This contemporary art exhibition, supported by the WIELS contemporary art centre in Brussels, will present a group of artists fascinated by the phenomena of circulation, exchange and transfer of artistic cultures and practices. The title alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, an influential commentator on cultural hybridity, who long ago began to argue in favour of interconnected and egalitarian relations between human beings, between the community and nature, between the animate and inanimate world, and between the imaginary, the symbolic and the real.

 

September Place Events
1-11 Brussels

ROYAL PALACE OF BRUSSELS

When they go away on holiday, it's tradition for our monarchs to leave the doors of their palace wide open, and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde have no intention of departing from that rule. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers, period furniture, not to mention the ceremonial room with the ceiling decorated with the elytra wings of scarab beetles.

From late July to early September 2015


5-7 Brussels

COMIC STRIP FESTIVAL

As a centre of 9th Arts, Brussels celebrates the comic strip every year. Markets, tours, parade and many spots to see your favorite heros. Don't miss the giganti sounds and lights sho which turns Place Royale into a comic strip panel for a fantastic evening.

 

5-7 Brussels

BELGIAN BEER WEEKEND

To celebrate the Belgian and Brussels beer-brewing tradition,  all the scions of the humble hop, will be parading on the Grand Place.

 

6-7 St Hubert

INTERNATIONAL HUNT, NATURE DAY & HISTORICAL PARADE

Hunting horn bands, blessing of the animals, folklore groups and a parade evoking the life of St. Hubert fill the day in this quaint French speaking Ardennes town.

 

11 Brussels MEMORIAL VAN DAMME

This annual sports event is a tribute to Ivo Van Damme, a brilliant Belgian athlete. Every year, the best track and field athletes come to Brussels from all over the world to break records.

 

17-30 Brussels

LATE OPENINGS AT BRUSSELS MUSEUMS

An autumn tradition, the Late Openings at Brussels Museums lets visitors explore at least five museums every Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. accompanied by a program of special activities, such as guided tours, stories and demonstrations.

 

19-21 Namur

FESTIVAL OF WALLONIA

Although celebrated in the entire southern part of Belgium, these festivities are especially successful in Namur, where some 250.000 people descend on the town for the weekend.
The three main cities for these festivities are Namur, Liege and Charleroi Festivities will take place all over Wallonia in September.

 

All month Mons

ATOPOLIS

This contemporary art exhibition, supported by the WIELS contemporary art centre in Brussels, will present a group of artists fascinated by the phenomena of circulation, exchange and transfer of artistic cultures and practices. The title alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, an influential commentator on cultural hybridity, who long ago began to argue in favour of interconnected and egalitarian relations between human beings, between the community and nature, between the animate and inanimate world, and between the imaginary, the symbolic and the real.

 

October Place Events
1-18 Mons

ATOPOLIS

This contemporary art exhibition, supported by the WIELS contemporary art centre in Brussels, will present a group of artists fascinated by the phenomena of circulation, exchange and transfer of artistic cultures and practices. The title alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, an influential commentator on cultural hybridity, who long ago began to argue in favour of interconnected and egalitarian relations between human beings, between the community and nature, between the animate and inanimate world, and between the imaginary, the symbolic and the real.

 

4 Brussels

NUIT BLANCHE

The perfect occasion to discover Brussels by night! With concerts, theatre, exhibitions, guided tours, parties etc. - in all about 150 activities.

 

4-5 Mouscron

FETE DES HURLUS

The main attraction of this festival is on Saturday afternoon when the Hurlers are thrown from the top of long ladders in the Grand'Place onto thousands of outstretched hands, (these Hurlers symbolise the Lutherans who terrorised the town in the sixteenth century) & the historic parade at 4 pm.

 

17-31 Mons

VERLAINE, CELL 252 POETIC EN TURBULENCE

This exhibition immerses you in the story of Verlaine and Belgium that had a profound influence on the poet of Romances sans paroles. There was Brussels, the first place of refuge on his wonderful ‘voillage avec Rimbe’ (his journey with the poet Rimbaud), then the scene of the climax of their irresistible but impossible relation. And later, there was Mons and its prison – a lonely time of uncertainty and melancholy.

 

18-30 Mons

THE MAN, THE DRAGON AND THE DEATH

By setting up an illuminating dialogue between artworks and their historical context, this exhibition shows how the iconography of St George and the dragon has always been a powerful driver of the European imagination. A selection of works is on display (including paintings, sculptures, drawings and illuminated manuscripts) representing the saint in different forms, and the exhibition examines how St George and the dragon are identified today with various battles of humanity against hostile forces, but also and perhaps above all against humanity itself as it seeks to define its destiny.

 

31 Liege

BRUSSELS BEER CHALLENGE

This is an international beer tasting competition. Experts  assess beer entries objectively, professionally and without bias. During the tasting, all beers are flighted into consistent categories based on origin, archetypal characteristics and style.

 

All month Brussels

LATE OPENINGS AT BRUSSELS MUSEUMS

An autumn tradition, the Late Openings at Brussels Museums lets visitors explore at least five museums every Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. accompanied by a program of special activities, such as guided tours, stories and demonstrations.

 

November Place Events
1 Public Holiday ALL SAINT'S DAY
11 Public Holiday ARMISTICE DAY
28-31 Brussels

BRUSSELS CHRISTMAS MARKET

Winter fun, an ice skating rink and much more await visitors in the warm and friendly atmosphere of downtown Brussels. A holiday shoppers' delight!

From November 27th 2015 to January 3rd, 2016

 

29-31 Liege

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN LIEGE

In the heart of the city of Liege 160 decorated wooden cottages form a magical Christmas Village throughout the month of December.

 

All month Brussels

LATE OPENINGS AT BRUSSELS MUSEUMS

An autumn tradition, the Late Openings at Brussels Museums lets visitors explore at least five museums every Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. accompanied by a program of special activities, such as guided tours, stories and demonstrations.

 

All month Mons

VERLAINE, CELL 252 POETIC EN TURBULENCE

This exhibition immerses you in the story of Verlaine and Belgium that had a profound influence on the poet of Romances sans paroles. There was Brussels, the first place of refuge on his wonderful ‘voillage avec Rimbe’ (his journey with the poet Rimbaud), then the scene of the climax of their irresistible but impossible relation. And later, there was Mons and its prison – a lonely time of uncertainty and melancholy.

 

All month Mons

THE MAN, THE DRAGON AND THE DEATH

By setting up an illuminating dialogue between artworks and their historical context, this exhibition shows how the iconography of St George and the dragon has always been a powerful driver of the European imagination. A selection of works is on display (including paintings, sculptures, drawings and illuminated manuscripts) representing the saint in different forms, and the exhibition examines how St George and the dragon are identified today with various battles of humanity against hostile forces, but also and perhaps above all against humanity itself as it seeks to define its destiny.

 

December

Place Events
1-19 Brussels

LATE OPENINGS AT BRUSSELS MUSEUMS

An autumn tradition, the Late Openings at Brussels Museums lets visitors explore at least five museums every Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. accompanied by a program of special activities, such as guided tours, stories and demonstrations.

 

25 Public Holiday

CHRISTMAS

All month Brussels

J’AIME LES BELGES

Meet a more secretive, sensitive Brel. Interviews with Brel, his songs, and the accounts of those closest to him throw light on his complex relationship with his homeland.

 

All month Brussels

BRUSSELS CHRISTMAS MARKET

Winter fun, an ice skating rink and much more await visitors in the warm and friendly atmosphere of downtown Brussels. A holiday shoppers' delight!

From November 28th, 2015 to January 4th, 2016.

 

All month Mons

MONS MARKET

Numerous chalets, attractions, tastings, chorals, Santa Claus, music performances every day. Like every year, the theme will be fairies and imps. Animations every weekend, an enchanting heart-shaped skating rink, a magical forest and magnificent illuminations.

From December 13th to January 5th, 2016.

 

All month Liege

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN LIEGE

In the heart of the city of Liege 160 decorated wooden cottages form a magical Christmas Village throughout the month of December.

 

TBA Durbuy

DURBUY CHRISTMAS MARKET

Craftsmen's market in the small streets of the Old City and Christmas stalls on the square.

 

All month Mons

VERLAINE, CELL 252 POETIC EN TURBULENCE

This exhibition immerses you in the story of Verlaine and Belgium that had a profound influence on the poet of Romances sans paroles. There was Brussels, the first place of refuge on his wonderful ‘voillage avec Rimbe’ (his journey with the poet Rimbaud), then the scene of the climax of their irresistible but impossible relation. And later, there was Mons and its prison – a lonely time of uncertainty and melancholy.

 

All month Mons

THE MAN, THE DRAGON AND THE DEATH

By setting up an illuminating dialogue between artworks and their historical context, this exhibition shows how the iconography of St George and the dragon has always been a powerful driver of the European imagination. A selection of works is on display (including paintings, sculptures, drawings and illuminated manuscripts) representing the saint in different forms, and the exhibition examines how St George and the dragon are identified today with various battles of humanity against hostile forces, but also and perhaps above all against humanity itself as it seeks to define its destiny.

 

 

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