1. 1001 valises – Balkan Trafik :
Judging by its name, Balkan Trafik could be a niche festival dedicated to a community of south eastern European countries. In reality, through this region that is a veritable patchwork of communities, religions (Muslims, Christian Orthodox, Catholic, and Jewish), and minorities, we connect with the richness of our European and Brusselier identities! The festival accomplishes this through the arts (music, film, literature, theatre, photography, and cuisine, as well as a workshop and round table). Balkan Trafik takes place at BOZAR, but also, free of charge, at Brussels' Grand Place and at various other locations in Brussels.
It is important to note that Balkan Trafik is produced by a non-profit association known as 1001 Valises, which supplies the creative energy from its small production office.
2. Alerte Urbaine – Open Stage des Petits Belges :
Open Stage des Petits Belges (OSPB) is a hip-hop cultural project for young people that combines many disciplines. Put on by the non-profit Alerte Urbaine, the event takes the form of a tour around the capital's various cultural landmarks.
3. AMT Concept – Libercity :
"Visiting Brussels with a disability is possible!"
Persons with Reduced Mobility must be treated like any other tourists.
A tourist guide (print and online), "Brussels for All" is already devoted to them. Let's come together and help them appreciate the abundance of cultural and leisure activities that Brussels has to offer.
During this day, groups of five students will stroll around different neighbourhoods of the city of Brussels (Anderlecht - Midi, Bois de la Cambre, Botanique, etc.) carrying a junior inspector's kit. They will measure, photograph, and take notes in several public places in order to verify accessibility for Persons with Reduced Mobility. (For example: height of stair steps and tables, accessibility of toilets, hotel rooms, museum halls, etc.). If these sites so desire, they can request an official evaluation in order to obtain their Access-I logo.
4. Brukselbinnenstebuiten - Working Brukselbinnenstebuiten :
For many years, Brukselbinnenstebuiten has been giving guided tours through Brussels' various quarters: Marollen, Molenbeek, Noordwijk, Kuregem, Matonge, Flagey... We do this to show the diversity and the cosmopolitan nature of the city. Several tours provide a thematic approach to this diversity, such as 'Four contrasts in sequence' through Sint-Josse, the European quarter and Matonge, 'See and kiss Brussels' on the city's many different aspects, or 'Foreign affairs', on migration and diversity.
5. Cinémamed asbl – 15ème Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen :
The Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival invites its audience to discover films from twenty Mediterranean countries as well as concerts, exhibitions, and a Mediterranean market which will immerse festival-goers in a warm and fun atmosphere. In addition to traditional screenings, numerous screenings will be offered by associations and school groups. Reflecting the multiculturalism of Brussels, the festival takes place at three locations: Botanique, BOZAR, and Cinéma Aventure, not to mention numerous cultural centres.
6. Ethno Tendance Fashion Week Brussels
Ethno Tendance (ETFWB) is the premiere fashion week in Brussels and the only one today to highlight the ethnic and cultural diversity of the models, artists, designers, and their creations. ETFWB is a weekend of artistic encounters that promote the exchange of each other’s culture.
7. Genres d’à Côté - Pink Screens Film Festival :
For ten days each year the Pink Screens Film Festival offers a schedule of films, exhibitions, workshops, and debates on the topics of gender, equality between men and women, political and artistic struggles, feminism, "different" sexualities, and transgender. These topics are broached with particular attention given to questions raised by social and cultural differences.
8. Pool is cool – Badeau :
Contrary to all major cities in Europe, Brussels has no open air swimming pools. BADEAU was the first and only public open air pool and a part of POOL IS COOL’s pursuit of the re-introduction of open air swimming in Brussels. The overwhelming reception made BADEAU a great success and an outstanding example of a project that brings together all kinds of people from all over the city, enjoying water pleasure during 3 hot weeks in August 2016.
9. Think Art - Diversity Project / Festival of World Cultures:
On 7 May 2016, the Festival of World Cultures transported us to the four corners of the world with a vibrant line-up of more than 300 artists in collaboration with 29 embassies. The public was able to explore an exhibition of international artists, sample culinary delights from all over the world, listen to a variety of concerts, and sway their hips to the beat of dance performances.
10. Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique (UPJB) - The cuisine of Babel / Harissa and gefilte fish :
In a comedic and musical setting, thirteen performers of different ages and backgrounds revisit religious and cultural traditions and update Jewish narratives and founding policies in light of today's issues: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, new migrations, collective values of solidarity against a backdrop of deconstructing prejudices.
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