Art Brussels, which features among the most famous of contemporary European art fairs, took place for the second year running in the iconic Tour & Taxis building.
Aside from the head-hunter or talent spotter dimension that remains written into the fair's DNA, Art Brussels can count on trusted links built up over many years between the galleries loyal to the fair and more than 25,000 Belgian and foreign visitors who have not missed Art Brussels for anything over the years. Art Brussels stands out for the quality of the Belgian and international galleries it profiles, yet also and undeniably for that additional injection of soul provided by all the fringe elements it manages to take in, such as the artistic programme, the discussions and debates and free guided tours… In 2017, Art Brussels hosted 145 galleries from 28 different countries, presenting a total of more than 650 artists.
Brussels Digital Week
Brussels Digital Week took place between 19 and 29 October 2017. Over six days, more than 25 digital events took place throughout the territory of the region of Brussels-Capital.
Brussels has the resources and the potential to become a digital capital. The aims behind Brussels Digital Week were to showcase all actors in the Brussels digital ecosystem, promote digital start-ups through its success stories, promote educational institutions and the opportunities offered by the sector, open the debate on the issues of society posed by the digital world and raise public awareness through introductory courses, workshops and lectures about the advantages and how to make the most of digital technology.
Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival
The first edition of the Brussels Art nouveau & Art Deco Festival (BANAD) took place in Brussels from 11 to 26 March 2017. The BANAD Festival is an exceptional event highlighting the Art nouveau and Art Deco heritage in the Brussels-Capital Region. At the heart of the festival: guided tours of Art nouveau and Art Deco interiors normally closed to the public. A unique occasion to (re)discover these gems of our architecture! In addition, other activities showcasing the Art nouveau and Art Deco heritage: guided tours on foot, by bus and by bike, concerts, conferences, events, activities for families and a period items fair.
Brussels, the City of Peregrine Falcons
Is it even necessary to introduce "Falcons for everyone"? This unique programme is anticipated and followed each year by hundreds of thousands of fans across the world, astonished by the spectacular beauty of nature and life. Making Brussels the city of falcons; that was the challenge set in 2017 by the Natural Science Museum after 13 years of unabated success.
A challenge met with the installation of an observation network that uses HD streaming night and day to show not just one or two, but three couples of the 12 living in Brussels, as well as a new website under development.
Success was once again expected since the trilingual blog had received more than 3 million connections from 136 countries.
What’s Up Brussels ?
To celebrate the city of Brussels, What’s up Brussels? is presenting its talented youth through a 100% urban culture scene (music, dance, fashion foodtrucks, street art, sport, etc.).
Organised by S.H.I.N.E Prod asbl in collaboration with the association network of Brussels, What’s up Brussels? seeks to underline the burgeoning diversity that makes up Brussels and salutes Europe's most cosmopolitan city. For this reason S.H.I.N.E Prod asbl has planned an eclectic, colourful programme which has drawn participants from different backgrounds.
The aim behind What’s up Brussels? in putting on these events was to promote and present the forms of urban art, culture and sports that have found their expression in the street and in the locations that are popular among tourists.
Belgian Wheelchair Tennis Championship
On 3, 4 and 5 November 2017 the Belgian PRM Tennis Championships were organised for the first time. 34 finalists travelled to the capital to win the title of Belgian champion in their category and gain points to take part in the upcoming Paralympic games. Over 3 days, dozens of volunteers gave up their time for players and families so that this Brussels sporting event could take root. This competition will attract the best players in Belgium, like our Paralympian champion Joachim Gérard (World 3rd and semi-finalist in the 2017 Belgian Open). Matches took place during the day and the prizes were presented on Sunday at 5:00 pm. Aside from these encounters, initiatives and wheelchair demonstrations are planned for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
BRUSSELS DRONE e-SHOW
BRUSSELS DRONE e-SHOW is a unique and original concept which brought the “drone & eSport phenomenon” to life and made it accessible to everyone. This World Premiere Event is a free public event. It combines the most popular eSports games, FIFA, and the Belgian round of the official Drone Champions League. The event aims to organise a high-level eSport competition, entertain, educate and develop the eSport business industry. This race, which welcomes 40 of the best pilots in the world, established Brussels as “a top 3 Drone Racing Event in the World and N°1 in the Benelux”. The unique scenography and the drones reaching the speeds up to 150km/h in less than 1 second have highlighted Brussels creating a spectacular show for more than 22,000 visitors. Thanks to very impressive media coverage, Brussels offered the world a high tech, fun and dynamic image of the capital of Europe. The event reached a television audience of more than 20 million spectators.
Bike Brussels, the bike and active mobility show in Brussels
Organised every year in September, this fair is aimed at promoting daily bike use and active mobility to the general public and companies in Brussels. Over 4 days, during mobility week, Bike Brussels is offering the opportunity to discover and test groups of bikes currently on the market (e-bike, cargo-bike, foldable, kiddie bikes, shared bike solutions), scooters, unicycles and other new machines, as well as equipment, technological innovations, public transport and associations for promoting daily bike use. The chosen location is Tour & Taxis, at the heart of Brussels, as this is a real Urban Bike Fair presenting mobility solutions specifically adapted to the city's urban context. The intention behind the fair is also to reach beyond the boundaries to enhance the image of a Bike-Friendly capital committed to a "sustainable development" future.