The nominees for the 2017 edition of the visit.brussels Awards are finally known. Discover the three projects that received the most votes in each category!
The votes for the applicants being now closed, it is time for the jury, composed of members of various professional associations, to elect the winner in each category. The results will be announced during the “visit.brussels Awards Ceremony & Networking Night 2017” on the 30th March.
The nominees are:
" NEW CONCEPT 2016 "
"100 Masters": 100 Top showpieces from Brussels' museums
On 18 May 2016 the Brussels Museum Council launched a mighty image campaign to promote the best showpieces in the permanent collections at Brussels' museums. The aim? To inform the general public – Brussels, Belgium and international – of the enormous wealth of museum heritage. Museums often invest considerable time, money and energy in exhibitions, meaning that the valuable pieces in their permanent collections can remain in shadows. The campaign “100 Masters” aimed to bring these unique pieces into the spotlight: a selection of 100 top items featured in the spotlights in 41 Brussels museums for 100 days (18/5-27/8/2016).
In figures: 100 top items, 100 days, 41 participating museums, 3,795,607 impressions on Facebook, 1,484,999 impressions on Twitter, hundreds of special events linked to the project (guided apero-tours, tours for families and children, speed dates, workshops…)
Arts&Publics - Free first Sunday museum admissions
The Arts&Publics Association connects cultural audiences with existing purveyors. It supports free museums and especially free admission on the first Sunday of each month. It disseminates information and organises promotional events. On a day to day basis, Arts&Publics communicates through its website, Facebook, Twitter and the media about museums (and free admission) in Brussels and works on related projects geared toward encouraging the public to explore the city and its museums. Arts&Publics also regularly updates a Free Museum Guide which can be downloaded from its website.
A few facts and figures: nearly 300,000 visits to its website in 2016, 26,600 Facebook followers, 1,600 participants at free festivals, media coverage from Bruzz, RTBF, 7sur7, Métro, La Capial, La Libre Belgique, etc.
Bruxelles Ma Belle
Bruxelles Ma Belle offers a chance to discover Brussels as you have never seen (or heard) it: through music! Indeed, Belgian and international groups are invited to come and play their music at out-of-the-ordinary heritage sites before the cameras and microphones of Bruxelles Ma Belle. This way internet users were able to visit the roof of Sainte Gedule Cathedral with Vianney, the Rue Neuve church with Camille, the Musical Instruments Museum with Editors, the Brussels Stock Exchange with Puggy, and many more! The 130 artists filmed and 95 sites visited are listed at www.bruxellesmabelle.net. A unique and original way to discover our beautiful capital!
A few facts and figures: 13,000 fans on Facebook, five million views on YouTube, 9,500 Twitter followers, collaborations with RTBF, Le Soir, and Les Inrockuptibles.
" EVENING EXPERIENCE 2016 "
The purpose of City Parade is to bring electronic music fans together, but starting this year, RNB and HIP HOP will be added to the mix! This 100% free big event includes an Opening Festival, a colourful Parade, and a Closing Festival. All told, about a hundred DJs, 24 floats, two podiums, and above all, 62,000 people turned out for the most recent edition. Created in Brussels in 2001, the City Parade has become a major event drawing audiences from nearby countries: Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, etc.
A few facts and figures: 62,000 participants, €375,000 investment, media coverage by RTBF, RTL-TVI, VRT, VTM, etc.
Halloween Festival - Lights and Spirits Walk
A truly can't-miss event on the Brussels cultural calendar, the Halloween Festival brings together thousands of gnomes, goblins, witches, and monsters of all kinds on the evening of 31 October each year. Admission is free, and the festival combines activities and music and theatre performances which gradually lead the crowd toward a spectacular fireworks display and a popular costumed grand parade. This year a new concept has been developed for the lights and spirits walk. Putting a portion of Saint-Gilles' history at the centre of this popular festival, this lighted walk included the lighting of Pierre Paulus park and a section of Place Morichar, among other things. From an educational perspective, 20 tarps assembling teaching texts and graphics on the topic of light allowing inquisitive little goblins to gather a variety of information about the history and function of multiple luminous phenomena.
BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF)
What started in 2008 as an electronic music festival (BEMF) became a multi-day, multidisciplinary event entirely dedicated to the electronic arts four years later. The BEAF 2016 schedule consists of a three-day musical segment (notably including James Holden, Gold Panda, and Anthony Child) and a ten-day digital arts segment presenting the "Tendencies - Belgian Art in the Digital Age" exhibition as well as an exciting collection of award-winning and nominated 2016 STARTS Prize works. For this 5th edition of the BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival (BEAF), BOZAR focused particularly on the interactions between art, science, technology, and social issues. The growing importance of art and innovation will become more pronounced in future editions.
A few facts and figures: 3,500 visitors, more than 50 artists, bands, or groups, more than 50 domestic and international media articles, 21,000 aftermovie views…
" MOST NOTED EXHIBITION 2016 "
Ukiyo-e - The most beautiful Japanese prints
Accessible since 21 October 2016 at the Cinquantenaire Museum, this highly anticipated event lets visitors explore the Cinquantenaire Museum's extraordinary collection of prints, which are world-renowned due to their exemplary quality but have not been on public display since Europalia Japan (1989). In this way the exhibition recounts the evolution of prints from its early black and white days through its new flowering in the Twentieth Century, while also highlighting certain specific themes such as erotic prints or even Osaka's refined production. At the end of the exhibition, a space dedicated to the work of Belgian illustrator Dimitri Piot whose creations reinterpret the ukiyo-e world with a modern twist.
A few facts and figures: 40,000 visitors between October 2016 and January 2017, 1,418 visitors for the 17 November 2016 evening event, 400 Japanese prints drawn from the collection's 7,500 prints…
P(ART)cours / Par(KUNST) 2016 - Open air contemporary art biennial
The non-profit association Wolu-Animations and the Commune of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, in conjunction with the Lieux-Communs association and in partnership with the Communes of Woluwe-Saint-Lambert and Auderghem held a unique exhibition in Brussels from 17 April through 17 July 2016 in Woluwe Park, Malou Park, and the Promenade Verte: P(ART)cours / Par(KUNST), - Open air contemporary art biennial P(ART)cours / Par(KUNST) 2016 offered a large audience a life-size contemporary art experience! Twenty-nine artists from seven different countries covered this remarkable course through their works. Below the Guy Malevez police station, this artistic event invited the strolling visitor to take a new look at these altered surroundings. Sculptures and open air structures heightened the nearly seven-kilometer route by creating a poetic dialogue with the environment. Fully committed to practices combining art, nature, and civility, this edition acquainted the public with contemporary art.
A few facts and figures: seven-kilometre route, 29 artists, seven nationalities, 20 guided tours, media impact: Le Soir, La Libre, La Capitale, La DH, Le Vif, Knack, Deze Week, RTBF, Vivacité, Bel RTL, BX1, etc.
26.10.2016 – 05.03.2017
Considered to be one of the most significant painters of the Twentieth Century, the Spanish artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881 - 1973) also created sculptures throughout his life that were as innovative as they were influential. After New York's MoMA and the National Picasso Museum in Paris, BOZAR is assembling 80 of Picasso's sculptures and presenting a retrospective of his sculptures for the first time in Belgium. Following a chronological and thematic path developed in collaboration with the National Picasso Museum of Paris, the artist's sculptures engage with twenty of his paintings, fifteen ceramics, and art objects from non-European cultures from his personal collection. Though Picasso will always remain the prolific and brilliant painter, Picasso. Sculptures reveal Picasso as a sculptor who invented some of the most radical forms in modern sculpture.
A few facts and figures: 60,000 visitors since it opened, 214 articles in the domestic and international press, €225,000 investment...
" INTERNATIONAL EVENT 2016 "
Dinner in the Sky -10th anniversary
Dinner in the Sky is a unique opportunity to discover starred Brussels cuisine in the most extraordinary way possible because it involves bringing 22 guests and one starred chef to have an unforgettable culinary experience in the skies over the capital thereby offering them a unique view of Brussels and its surroundings as they savour rare dishes and fine wines. For its tenth anniversary, from 4 to 10 June 2016, Dinner in the Sky organised a world premiere: 10 starred Belgian chefs - including seven from Brussels - cooked simultaneously on 10 Dinner in the Sky platforms lifted to a height of 50 meters at the same time by ten cranes into the Brussels sky across from the Atomium, thus creating the most extraordinary aerial restaurant in the world. Among the chefs we can mention Filip Claeys (De Jonkman**), David Martin (La Paix*), and Pascal Devalkeneer (La Chalet de la Forêt**). This exceptional event drew 4,000 guests and thousands of visitors.
Couleur Café is the largest urban music festival in Belgium. Hip hop, soul, funk, reggae, dub, ska, dance, pop and Latin music are all represented over three days at Brussels' Tour & Taxis centre. Well into its third decade of contemporary carnivals, Couleur Café is known for its delicious, exotic Souk market, breathtaking visual performances, funky brass bands and beautiful bars serving fresh cocktails. Last year’s line-up featured some true legends like CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers, De La Soul, Youssou N’Dour, Method Man & Redman as well as local gods like Arno, Selah Sue, Black Box Revelation and Ghinzu, not forgetting popular names like Chronixx, Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson and many, many more. This year the festival will take place in a completely new location, the beautiful park next to the Atomium, from June 30th to July 2nd.
Some numbers: 53,000 visitors, 2,000 campers, 72 gigs taking place on 6 different stages…
Brussels Street Photography Festival
The Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) is a cultural project intended to promote street photography as an urban research tool, a form of cultural communication as well a genre of visual art. The festival was accompanied with cultural programming designed to deepen the exploration of street photography by organising exhibitions, conferences, workshops, round tables, photography walks, and portfolio critiques. The main exhibition of the BSPF displayed the works of finalists selected from among contest submissions. A secondary exhibition also highlighted certain works from BSPF guests.
A few facts and figures: 540 participants, 2,900 photos submitted from 41 different countries, 8,200 exhibition visitors, €70,000 invested, etc.
" INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS & FAIR 2016 "
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
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.
" BEST GASTRONOMIC CONCEPT 2016 "
Brussels Food Truck Festival !
The Brussels Food Truck Festival has been the largest event of its kind in Europe since its first edition in 2014. This festival illustrates the soul, conviviality, and multiculturalism of Brussels to the world. Artisans from the world over, fans of fresh, high quality, seasonal products gathered to delight the taste buds of finicky gourmets and foodies. A rustic, innovative, surprising, and tasty stroll.
A few facts and figures: 140 food trucks, 150,000 visitors in 2016, more than 800 candidates per year, food trucks from 16 different countries.
When cuisine meets art...
The Palais des Beaux-Arts at the heart of Victor Horta's visionary architectural work is an exceptional place where visitors can savour the gourmet cuisine of recently starred chef Karen Torosyan of the BOZAR Brasserie. Since it opened in 2010, the Bozar Brasserie has been delighting taste buds: 13/20 in Gault & Millau in 2012, 15/20 and brasserie of the year in 2013, 16/20 and one star in the 2016 Michelin Guide. The indefatigable Chef Torosyan turns cuisine into an art form. fascinated with technique and creativity, he interprets traditional recipes with refinement and exactness. Top quality products, impressive craftsmanship, and pronounced flavours, the chef offers fine and ample dishes with passion and authenticity to his guests.
A few facts and figures: 16,212 served in 2016, 56 press articles, one Michelin Guide star…
Chez Richard is the end result of more than two years of fine-tuning, ideas, meetings, and occasions. It's the story of a timeless Brussels bistro that closed and crumbled but was later reborn thanks to four enthusiastic people. A year of discussions, nine months of work, and a real challenge: combining the original soul of a spot with a cult following in the heart of Sablon in Brussels with an innovative, contemporary, and decidedly forward-looking modern design. A project that touts a real desire to offer a window into the bistros of Brussels where people get together with friends, family or just for lunch and everything subtly mixes the traditional with the modern. Whether it be in the atmosphere, on your plate, or in your glass...
A few facts and figures: nine months of work with Belgian artisans, 4,876 hand-laced mosaic units, €300,000 in investment…
" NEW EVENT & TOURISTIC LOCATION 2016 "
The Madeleine hall, already well known to Brussels residents, is a special place in Brussels. Originally a covered market in the 19thcentury, then a community centre for the City of Brussels, it also housed the Brussels Casino during the first years it was open. Its architecture is also unique. The intact facade of the covered market conceals large doors opening directly into the event space. This new cultural site right in the heart of the City represents a new life for a hall whose authenticity and character make it unique.
A few facts and figures: seating for up to 630 people and standing room for 1,000, revamping work took about six months, since February 2016 : 35 public concerts, ten showcases, ten private events.
Horta Museum – Museum annex opening
On 20 October 2016 the Horta Museum opened a new annex in the house (constructed in 1900 by Brungfaut) adjacent to the Horta House This new project has been made possible with the assistance of Beliris under the supervision of architect Eric Gillis (Ozon architecture). This superb annex gives new life to the museum in three respects, starting with new exhibition space: for the opening ceremony, five artists were invited to discuss the Horta's heritage through various media. These spaces will host two major exhibitions per year in future: one for Art Nouveau or Art Deco, the other for Contemporary Design. This annex also makes it possible to open the entire Horta House to the public with its kitchen and stairways among other things. Finally, the public will be able to learn more about Art Nouveau in Europe and Horta thanks to the library and the archives within.
Art and Design Atomium Museum (ADAM)
A museum and an art centre, the Art & Design Atomium Museum (ADAM) is a site dedicated to art and design of the 20thcentury and today. Opened after the Atomium's acquisition of the Plasticarium's collection in December 2014, ADAM presents the use of plastics in artistic endeavours from the 1950s to today as a permanent exhibition. Adjacent to the large space dedicated to the Plasticarium collection, nearly 1,200 m² are earmarked to host temporary exhibitions, spotlighting important subjects and artists in design, photography, and contemporary art. ADAM is also a 400-seat auditorium, an educational and cultural service offering programming for children, teenagers, and school groups, as well as a conference and film schedule related to the topics addressed.
A few facts and figures: 30,000 visitors, collections of more than 2,000 objects, 2,500 m² of exhibition space (temporary and permanent) etc.
" HOTEL NEWCOMER 2016 "
The Jam Hotel is a new 78-room hotel combining the luxury of lavish suites with the practicality of a dormitory able to host ten people. Brutalist architecture, preserved in this building renovated in the 1970s, is blended with the warmth of unfinished wood and the bright colours of the works of art on display throughout the hotel. From an interior decorating, design, and layout standpoint, a swimming pool, game room, two bars, and a restaurant create a whole intended to be innovative in terms of decor, ambiance, and conviviality in keeping with the traditional spirit of a hotel chain.
A few facts and figures: after six months: occupancy rate of 70 to 75%, 18-person dorm with an appealing rate of €18 per night
Radisson RED Brussels
At the end of 2015, the Radisson Blu EU Hotel located in the heart of the European District closed its doors to make way for an ambitious new hotel concept project: Radisson RED. In fact, the Carlson Rezidor Group chose Brussels in order to unveil the world premiere of its latest brand inpired by the world of fashion, music, and art. The era of austere hotels is over. At the Radisson RED, travellers can sample the local flavours of the OUIBar + KTCHN at any time and are able to communicate directly with the staff or even open the door to their Studios via the Radisson RED mobile app. The Radisson RED Brussels targets modern networked travellers as well as modern design enthusiasts and urban explorers in search of a friendly place to stay without a lot of fuss.
After major renovations and reconfiguration, the 9 HOTEL SABLON opened its doors in March 2016 in Brussels' renowned Sablon District. With a concept unique in its class, the 9 HOTEL SABLON is a four-star boutique hotel with 34 rooms in five categories. There the traveller can discover the architectural work of Barcelona's Castel Veciana, which has subtly absorbed the neighbourhood's atmosphere and adapted it into the hotel. As soon as they enter the lobby, visitors find themselves immersed in an art gallery ambiance with an exhibition of African works that changes over time. Spacious and immaculate, each room embodies elegance. Mismatched colourful variegated bespoke furnishings interact with large ethnic artisanal rugs, reflecting the hotel's original spirit. No two rooms are alike, making each stay a new adventure. Truly an urban retreat, two other spaces delight the senses: the breakfast room and a wellness area round out the experience. The 9 HOTEL SABLON is not just a hotel, it's a place for living, sharing, and enrichment that upends all the traditional rules of the hospitality business.
" PUBLIC INITIATIVE 2016 "
The four-day lock-down imposed in the wake of the Paris attacks and the terrorist threat have significantly tarnished the capital's image and economy. Launched three days after the 22 March attacks, Make.Brussels is a call from Atrium.Brussels to citizens inviting them to get involved and think up creative projects to bring the magic back to downtown Brussels. The project is divided into four phases over eight months from April through December: first, citizens submit their ideas on the web site. Ten workshops in the Pentagon's ten districts and a "speed-making" were organised to encourage local buy-in, idea generation, and networking, then the public selected the 30 best ideas. In phase three, a marathon creative weekend allowed them to be challenged by experts and prototyped into concrete projects. A panel of Brussels personalities ultimately selected the 10 winning projects, kicking off phase four, production.
A few facts and figures: 372 ideas submitted, 27,936 voters, a hundred marathon participants, ten projects financed at the level of €30,000 each, three projects financed via crowdfunding and two independently.
The way tourists take pictures has drastically changed over the last decade: people now want to play the leading role in the picture, relegating the place where the picture was taken to second place. At the same time, more and more of those pictures are being shared every day on the social media so that every tourist can become an ambassador among his or her peers. The City of Brussels and its Alderman responsible for Tourism asked PANORA.ME to resolve this paradox… For three weeks this summer (at the Grand Place and Atomium) and ten days this winter (at the Atomium), tourists are invited to test out a new kind of selfie: the participants take their smartphones (loaded with the PANORA.ME app) to a specific location and trigger a camera placed 200 metres from the selfie-taker’s position. The result is a panoramic selfie: a short video that zooms out from the original location to end on a beautiful panorama.
Some numbers: 26,809 participants from 148 different countries, resulting in 10,730 panoramic selfies, the short videos have been viewed 429,105 times, reaching more than 2.5 million Facebook users, for a €100.000 investment…
STIB OPEN DATA
For several years the STIB has been providing its schedule data (times, lines, and stops, that is to say the entire availability of scheduled transit) to third parties. A new step was taken on 6 December 2016 with the launch of an Open Data portal accessible to everyone at https://opendata.stib-mivb.be. By sharing its data through its new portal, the STIB enables developers to consult, use, and combine data in order to create new applications that use it, thereby putting mass transit at the heart of daily life to an even greater degree. For the first time in Belgium, the STIB is promoting innovation and opening the door to new, ever-more-innovative solutions to improve the mobility - and the lives - of all Brussels mass transit riders and allowing all kinds of developers to design applications aimed at improving the experience of those visiting Brussels.
A few facts and figures: in less than one month, 1,500 users, 160,000 API calls, 240 registered developers...