On the cultural agenda

  • Andres Serrano.A retrospective.
  • The Brussels Jazz Marathon & the Zinneke Parade
  • 20 km of Brussels

 

Andres Serrano.  A restrospective (till August 21, 2016)
As a major figure in the contemporary art scene, Andres Serrano unveils an often disturbing reality through the lens of his camera. Religion, death, sex and violence perfuse the American artist’s work and all figure in the retrospective exhibition dedicated to him by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Yet beyond these powerful themes, the exhibition reveals Serrano as an attentive witness to the world and mankind. His artistic career is shown by selecting the most symbolic images from all the series he has created. From fascination to provocation : four works that were considered scandalous and were vandalized during past events will also be on display to question the limits of censorship. To show Serrano means to assert our basic values. Against barbarism and intolerance. Against obscurantism and inhumanity.  Some images may be disturbing.  They are exhibited in a separate room. Simultaneously, the museums will – in the streets of Brussels – present Serrano’s brand new series “Denizens of Brussels”, striking portraits of Brussels’ homeless.

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Brussels Jazz Marathon (May 20th-22nd)
Enjoy a weekend full of Jazz : more than 250 live concerts and 700 musicians on outdoor and indoor stages.

For 21 years now, the Brussels Jazz Marathon attracts a growing audience, both in Belgium and from abroad on the most beautiful squares  of Brussels  : Grand Place/Grote Markt,  Sablon/Zavel,  Sainte -Catherine/Sint-Katelijne,  F. Cocq Square and Luxemburg’s squares  and in a series of clubs, theaters, cafes and hotels.

During the Brussels Jazz Marathon, Brussels is more than ever the capital of jazz.

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Zinneke Parade (May 21st)
The Zinneke Parade is a great folkloric procession with a typical Brussels flavour which takes place annually on a Sunday.
Why “Zinneke”?
Zinneke is the name Brussels people give to the small Senne/Zenne river that circles Brussels, protecting it against flooding.  Zinneke is also used to refer to a stray dog or mutt… some of which end up in the river. And so we get Zinneke: meaning one of multiple origin and symbol of the cosmopolitan and multicultural nature of Brussels.
Historically, Zinneke was a parade project conceived as part of Brussels 2000, European City of Culture. Made up of residents and artists it highlights the rich culture of Brussels, which is by definition cosmopolitan and pluralistic, and is the expression of a desire to build bridges between the 18 surrounding municipalities and the city centre, between the people of Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia, by mobilising the (socio) cultural associations.
This year’s Zinneke Parade’s theme will be “Fragile”

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20 km of Brussels (May 29th)
The Cinquantenaire/Jubelpark Park will be the starting point of this legendary running race which gathers more than 30,000 participants annually through the most beautiful avenues and parks of the city.

The 20 km of Brussels are organized under the patronage of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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