Winter is coming to Brussels… 3 months of pop culture in Brussels

Every year, from February to April, Brussels becomes the capital of pop culture as it offers up 6 unmissable events! Get your costumes ready!

In the mood for some cinema? Come down to place Flagey for Anima Festival which gets the ball rolling with the best from the world of animation. Do you prefer US comic books, science-fiction or fantasy? Then visit Brussels’ Comic Con at Tour & Taxis. Are you a fan of Asian culture and avid reader of manga? Then Made in Asia is an event to be enjoyed without moderation! If you have a passion for video games, then Brussels Expo has exactly what you’re looking for as it hosts Youplay, a video game fair for insatiable gamers.

Are you a lover of pop culture in its literary form? The late-evening opening of the Brussels Book Fair will be a unique opportunity to meet the authors for a chat, a signing, some live drawing, and of course…. a cosplay competition! And to round things off terrifyingly beautifully, the BIFFF will be welcoming horror and fantasy film aficionados at the BOZAR.

  • 6 unmissable events

    Anima - 09/02 > 18/02/2018

  • Brussels’ International Animation Film Festival has set up shop at Flagey. For six days, enjoy brand new feature-length and short films for all ages. This year’s special guests are virtual reality and psychedelia! And the cherry on top of the cake? The festival will be organising an exhibition, workshops for children, a course for teens, concerts, installations, conferences, etc. And for the wackier among you: an animated night!

  • Comic Con Brussels - 10/02 et 11/02/2018

  • It’s the most popular comic book convention in Brussels and every year it welcomes more than 10,000 visitors to the historic Tour & Taxis site. Marvel at the fantastic costumes of cosplayers, meet world-famous stars of the genre, have a blast at the video game zone or lose yourself in the thousands of specialised stands. There’s something for everyone at this gigantic celebration of contemporary pop culture: comic books, cosplay, gaming, films, manga, series, collectors’ objects, anime, clothing, toys, gadgets and more. From the most retro Batman to the latest Pokemon, you’ll find it all at the Comic Con Brussels.

  • Foire du Livre de Bruxelles - 22/02 > 25/02/2018

  • The Brussels Book Fair is the Belgian capital’s oldest and most prestigious literary festival. Taking place in Tour & Taxis, the fair is a real cultural landmark that is completely free of charge, in tune with the latest trends and open to all publishing sectors. In 2017, it will be holding a large pop culture and fantasy night on Friday 10 March. Expect meetings with authors, signings, live drawing sessions, cosplay competitions ... A unique event full of fascinating things to do and see!

  • Made in Asia - 16/03 > 18/03/2018

  • Discover Made in Asia, Belgium’s largest event celebrating Japanese pop culture and manga in Brussels! More than 300 exhibitors, boutiques, fun and cultural activities, concerts and famous Japanese guests for signing sessions gather in Brussels Expo… not forgetting the big cosplay competition: the World Cosplay Summit!

  • Youplay! - 16/03 > 18/03/2018

  • Youplay!; the largest Belgian event dedicated to games, videos and video games comes to Brussels Expo. Come and discover all the latest board games, try out the newest consoles, experiment with new technologies like virtual reality and get a unique chance to meet your favourite YouTubers.

  • BIFFF - 03/04 > 15/04/2018

  • Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is an oasis of great films at BOZAR that will get your adrenaline pumping. The organisers have a keen eye for the film gems of horror, science fiction and all kinds of thrillers. On the programme: close to 150 films that you can enjoy those in the presence of the actors and directors, a body-painting and fantasy make-up contest, a manga market, a zombie parade and a vampires’ ball. Come and see for yourself… if you dare!