In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 3rd to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of the freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Charlie Hebdo events in Paris, where eight journalists were killed, were the manifestation of a sad and horrible trend. On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the VUB, ULB, the Erasmushogeschool Brussel, Bozar and other partners nominated May 3rd Difference Day. Celebrating the freedom of the press and freedom of expression means honouring people and organizations that make a difference by protecting and promoting these values. During Difference Day, the rich and varied programme is filled with speakers, meetings, films, debates and exhibitions that challenge the freedom of expression and the press.
Some figures: 800 participants
25th ESGE Annual Congress
The European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy Congress is an annual congress that takes place at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre and provides the latest updates and detailed information on topics related to Medicine, Health Care, Oncology, Gynaecology, Laparoscopic Surgery, Endometriosis and Urogynaecology. The entire programme is held in English and welcomes specialists, scientists and guests from all around the world.
Some figures: more than 1,800 registrations, participants from 77 countries
European Dog Show 2016
The European Dog show is a beauty contest for pedigree dogs bringing together the most beautiful international specimens. It had been more than 30 years since Belgium had organised this world renowned event. This year the European title was on the line. The 12,000 participants (90% of whom were foreign) were from 58 different countries. The ’exhibition assembled340 dog breeds, including some very rare specimens and attracted more than 6,000 visitors.
ART ON PAPER, The Brussels Contemporary Drawing Fair
ART ON PAPER, in conjunction with BOZAR offers an art salon devoted to contemporary drawing. The salon presents itself in an original way: 25 contemporary Belgian and international art galleries coming together in Brussels to organise 25 solo shows over five days for fledgling and established artists. Twenty-five niches in which an artist's character is revealed and to which the young award-winning talent's solo show and a young talent drawing night are added. The purpose of ART ON PAPER is to become a veritable "drawing portal," be counted among the world's notable fairs, and position itself as the number one drawing salon in Europe, thus facilitating new networking opportunities for collectors, art critics, fans, journalists, institutions, curators, and artists.
A few facts and figures: 25 exhibitors and solo shows, one exhibition of five young talents, 7,000 visitors, 80 Belgian and international press articles…
Zinneke Trophy 2016
On 10 September 2016 no less than seven Bantry skiffs (that is, 10% of all seagoing skiffs in the world) were assembled in Brussels for the second edition of the Zinneke Trophy. In the presence of crews from Dunkerque, Rennes, Troyes, Gand, Rouen, an Irish crew, and the lifeblood of "Zinneke," Mayor Yvan Mayeur christened the new skiff the Uilenspiegel. Aside from the International Atlantic Challenge which is held every two years, there are several gatherings of this kind of boat, such as the Semaine du Golf in Morbihan, Brest, or Douarnenez. Despite the logistical challenges, the Zinneke Trophy provides Brussels with such a regular gathering by linking the nautical event with the city's cultural offerings.
A few facts and figures: alignment of seven unique boats in Brussels, 110 participants, investment of €14,000 with the support of the City and Region of Brussels.