1. Brufête – Nuit blanche 2016 « Borders »
A free artistic event taking place annually on the first Saturday in October, NUIT BLANCHE offers multidisciplinary works in public places and unusual locations. Its commitment to diversity is especially clear when it comes to its exemplary accessibility policy. In 2016, diversity was front and centre more than ever, as demonstrated by the choice of neighbourhood (the European District), topic ("Borders"), and partners.
2. Centre Culturel Jacques Franck – Intersongs :
Intersongs is a vocals project aimed at bringing together several Brussels area amateur choirs from different cultural communities. With their own colours, the choirs depart from their traditional repertoire and get to know one another. The fruits of these interactions are put on public display through a concert during which traditions and new creations mix.
3. Emergence XL - Festival Expressions Urbaines :
The Festival Expressions Urbaines is a free event showcasing the different forms of urban activities and art: break dancing, beatboxing, rap, slam, chant, street soccer, skateboarding, parkour, circus arts, yarn bombing, graffiti, and many others. This cultural day is most of all a family reunion bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds.
4. Foyer - Brussel in Dialoog / Bruxelles en Dialogue / Brussels in Dialogue :
The project Brussels in Dialogue literally brings people from Brussels of all shapes and colours together for two hours, to get to know each other, exchange experiences, to dream and to think about concrete action.
5. Kaaitheater – Beauty Verhalen Salon / Salon d’Histoires de Beauté :
Through one-on-one interviews with people from all corners of the world living in Brussels, we collected moving stories and intimate portraits which are presented in a traveling installation: The Beauty Stories Salon. We started this project in March of 2016 at the Kaaitheater and have since been moving it throughout the city, to allow for the stories to be exchanged between theatregoers, local residents and passers-by. While enjoying a hand massage, secluded from the outside world, the audience listens to the intimate testimonies of neighbours and far away strangers.
6. KVS Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg - Malcolm X:
'Malcolm X' had its premiere in October of 2016 in KVS. This multilingual theatre/concert hall transposes the story of the American activist into today's city. Wildly diverse Brussels served to inspire an equally diverse cast of actors, musicians, slammers, rappers, dancers and video artists. The show examines both the legacy of Malcolm X as well as today's society. Critics and audiences were stunned: "Breathtaking, just how gorgeous the city can be when its cultures and colours melt together." (Le Soir)
7. Muntpunt - Brussel Danst Dance Battles 2016:
After 3 successful editions, the Brussel Danst Dance Battles have become the major Brussels Summer event for urban dance in the inner city that you truly should not miss. In the unique dance arena that is place de la Monnaie/Muntplein, more than 165 dancers from 8 different countries battle it out in front of more than 8000 spectators. Each year, the dance event ends in a giant Block Party for the public, with TLP Troubleman as the master of ceremonies.
8. The Belgian Pride - Pride.be 2016:
Pride.be is an annual event that truly is a festival of diversity, involving everyone in its message of equal rights and equal treatment, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, age, heritage... Pride.be perfectly reflects Brussels’ colourful mix of cultures, ideologies and people. It is renowned throughout Brussels, Belgium and even beyond our borders!
9. Zig Zag - Couleur Café Festival :
Couleur Café is THE urban & black roots music festival that has been kicking off the summer in Brussels with a musical world tour since 1990! The five stages, fifty world cuisine restaurants, DJs, fanfare, dance classes, NGO village, artistic performances, and magnificent cocktail bars create an altogether unique cosmopolitan atmosphere. It's the only Belgian festival that draws a colourful, diverse audience of all ages. The 28th edition will run from 30/6 to 2/7/2017 (dates to be confirmed).
10. Zinneke – Zinneke :
Zinneke asbl/vzw est l’association en charge de la coordination générale d’un vaste programme de projets socio-artistiques dans l’espace public de Bruxelles. Le plus connu, la Zinneke Parade, est né en 2000 dans
Zinneke is the non-profit organisation in charge of the general coordination of a vast program of socio-artistic projects in the public space of Brussels. The most famous of these, the Zinneke Parade, was born in 2000 as part of Brussels 2000, European Capital of Culture and subsequently became a biennial event.