For its 8th edition, the FCKNYE Festival has taken over the 12,000 m2 of the Palais 12 of Brussels and gathered together almost 45 international groups and artists to celebrate St Sylvester's day (New Year's Eve) and continue the fun into the early hours!
Hip-hop, techno, dub, drum 'n' bass, hardcore: the FCKNYE Festival offered a programme rich in all styles that make up music's present and future.
As part of its 8th edition, the FCKNYE Festival is down as the biggest New Year's Party in Europe with 12,000 festival-goers from 24 different countries. Preparations are already under way for the 9th edition and it promises to be even bigger!
MAF Nights – One evening/One artist
Launched in May 2017, the idea behind MAF Nights could be summed up as one evening/one artist. This new monthly artistic and cultural event offered the public the chance to discover an artist and their work during a fleeting one-night exhibition on the first Thursday of every month. Aside from the encounters with exceptional artists, the autograph sessions and a litany of surprises, visitors also had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Fantasy Art and its unusual permanent collection.
MAF Nights have hosted among others the designer and illustrator David P., the photographer and poet Denis Leclercq and the plastic artist Aril. Special evenings have also been organised such as the night dedicated to the group exhibition Trolls & Bestioles, which brought together more than 70 Belgian and international artists.
Brussels Electronic Marathon 2017
“L’Union fait la Force”
Brussels Electronic Marathon is a celebration of a beautiful city and its citizens that make, play, or enjoy experiencing electronic music. BEM is a grassroots project that supports and promotes our local artists, places and spaces. This is the Sound of Brussels: BEM17 was 33 locations, 66 collectives and concepts, supported by some 130 volunteers, 65 events hosting 229 local artists, from all corners of the electronic music world (hip-hop, electronica, techno and house, noise, ambient and neoclassical as well as glitch and acousmatic). A diverse sound for a diverse city. A better future: electronic music and culture isn’t only late-night parties. Workshops for children, talks, screenings and concerts for the first generation of music lovers were all part of our event. Furthermore, a city is an organism that lives by day and by night, and as such topics such as health, transport and fairness are at the core of BEM’s DNA.
Mothers & Daughters. A Lesbian Bar
Mothers & Daughters. A Lesbian Bar was the result of a collaboration between Beursschouwburg and “queer arts” magazine Girls Like Us. On the 3 last Friday evenings of 2017, Beursschouwburg put its Beurscafé in the capable hands of the Girls Like Us team. The Beurscafé became a ‘safe space’ for people who identify as lesbians, a meeting place for lovely people outside of the home and work. It was also a nod to the previous generations that put lesbian culture on the map, and an ode to earlier lesbian bars. Mothers & Daughters took place as part of The Future Is Feminist. Beursschouwburg dedicated three months to present-day feminism in all its forms: stage performances, films, exhibitions, workshops, music... The bar also filled a gap in Brussels’ gay nightlife scene, which is primarily geared towards men. Lesbian bars, events and clubs are very hard to find in the capital. There hasn’t been a genuine lesbian bar for 10 years.
LISTEN! Festival 2017
Listen!, the city of Brussels' electronic music and cultural festival, took place between 30 March and 1 April 2017. Through its programming and itinerary between the Canal and Flagey, Listen! is a unique platform for exposing the wealth and diversity of our region and country to the public, professionals, national and international media. For its second year, this modern, collaborative, educational and recreational festival offered 2 events (each taking place on 3 stages in the Square-Brussels Meeting Centre), 9 free events at the ING Art Centre bringing together various activities (talks, DJs, Workshops), 4 conferences on the theme of electronic music, 1 music swap and an opening concert at Studio 4 in Flagey! Listen! looks forward to seeing you at its third edition between 29 March and 1 April 2018!
Dance all night long to the beat of electronic music while visiting the exhibitions at BOZAR; that's the unique concept behind BOZAR NIGHT! Programmed twice a year since 2010, BOZAR NIGHT has become an unmissable event as part of Brussels night life. For the modest early-bird price of €10, the public can enjoy the best of electronic music, visit the major exhibitions of the moment, housed within a jewel of Art Deco architecture located right in the heart of Brussels – how can you resist? In 2017, the numbers attending BOZAR NIGHT doubled and exceeded 6600 visitors. An outstanding year!