For 37 years the Brussels Tourist Office has organised the Brussels 20KM. The ultimate public event, this big race wends its way through the Belgian capital's most beautiful avenues. From the start, the purpose of this event has been to promote the Brussels-Capital Region through sport. A real unifying event, the "All equal in the effort," has never been as important as it is today. An unstoppable societal trend, running has grown exponentially these past ten years and today tourists travel to Brussels to take part in this legendary race.
A few facts and figures: 37th edition, 40,000 runners in 2016, 133 different nationalities
Accessible Art Fair Brussels
The Accessible Art Fair is a yearly event that brings together artists and the public. Founded in 2006 by Stephanie Manasseh, the mission of the Accessible Art Fair remains unchanged; to forge a bond between the artist and the buyer. The Accessible Art Fair’s aim is to offer a platform for unrepresented emerging and mid-career artists and designers and make them accessible to a discerning audience. It offers the opportunity to purchase quality works of art and design and meet the creators behind the work. All its works are carefully selected and handpicked by a panel of experts to guarantee the quality of the art presented.
Some numbers: more than 75 Belgian and international artists and designers, over 2,000 vetted works of art, more than 5,000 visitors each year…
Blend is THE new cocktail and mixology event in Brussels organised by the Green Lab team, which invites the city's best specialised establishments for the occasion. Among them are the Hotel Marivaux, with its magnificent reception hall as well as its three rooms specially decorated for the occasion, which allow visitors to dive into a true visual and culinary experience, as well as bars such as Hortense, Cipiace, La Pharmacie Anglaise, the Stoefer, and De Haus that offer creative cocktails. The goal is to get these establishments working together to make the event a success and raise its profile. The purpose is to showcase Brussels as a city with many talents in mixology, artisanal beer, and cocktails, and to highlight new local businesses. More than 300 people were expected for the first edition of this event.
China Arts Festival in the EU
Le China Arts Festival in the EU is an original initiative intended to improve and strengthen dialogue and cultural and artistic exchanges between China and Europe. Through the events, exhibitions, conferences, film screenings, and documentaries as well as shows, assembled for a period of two to three months, all of the richness of contemporary Chinese artistic culture is on offer to the public. Taking place mainly in Brussels, the capital of Europe, the second edition of the festival unfolded from October through December 2016 with no less than eight different projects led with the support of numerous Chinese, European, Belgian, and Brussels institutions.
A few facts and figures: a total of eight projects, more than 150 Chinese artists represented, over 2,000 participants.
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…
Science is Wonder-ful! – European Researchers’ Night Event
The "Science is wonder-ful!" – European Researchers' Night event was a free public event organised by the European Commission and the European Parliament at its visitors' centre, the Parlamentarium, on 28th September 2016. The event presented projects in a varied range of fields, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The projects were mainly food-related, and showcased by international researchers from different disciplines. Live experiments, face-to-face chats with current researchers, a trip through European Union integration, a science slam, fablabs, workshops and a debate were the main activities organised. And all this had the history of European integration as its backdrop.
In numbers: 3,200 visitors from EU member states and third countries, including around 1,200 schoolchildren from over 20 Belgian schools.
Vini, Birre, Ribelli 2016
The third edition of Vini Birre Ribelli took place from 26 to 27 November 2016, at the Garage Citroën Yser, which is to become the future Museum of Contemporary Art in Brussels. Along with this prestigious venue, this third edition was also labelled a "Zero Waste" event. Like the first two editions, the exhibition was devoted to handcrafted, traditional products, organic, sustainable and mostly natural, uniting the alternative worlds of beer, wine and food that is good, clean and fair: 160 wineries, 29 breweries, 13 Slow Food stands and 12 other stands (libraries, NGO stands).
Some numbers: 2,250 visitors each day including 20% of foreign visitors, 16% professional visitors and 6% press members, €85,000 budget, 60 volunteers…
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.
Brussels Jazz Festival Flagey
The Brussels Jazz Festival is a ten-day festival, aimed at featuring Brussels among the cities to be for jazz! For ten days Flagey becomes the jazz capital! The programme aims to give the opportunity to young local artists to take their first steps on the jazz scene as they alternate in the line-up with well-known and international jazz musicians. This is the ultimate way to allow the public to encounter a most varied programme at many different levels. The festival focuses on those living in Brussels, Belgians and international visitors. This all takes place in the country's largest cultural institution, which receives structural support from the various Belgian communities, not to mention boasts the most amazing acoustics.
In figures: 8000 visitors, 10 days, 21 bands or groups…
The Brussels Days
The 5th edition of the Brussels Days (19-20.10.2016) was held in 2016, entitled “The end of Europe? What’s next?”. BOZAR organised a series of lectures and debates on the subject in collaboration with L'OBS, De Standaard and Le Soir. In 2015 the Brussels Days bore the title “Europe, last chance”. Nothing appears to demonstrate that the European Union has seized this ‘last chance’, despite the fact that the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome (1957) is rapidly approaching. On the contrary, the British have voted for the Brexit, feet are dragging on the refugee crisis and Europe no longer plays a role in the attempts to resolve the conflict in Syria. The Brussels Days probe political leaders, civil society organisations and intellectuals for the most important matters affecting Europe, such as safety, the Brexit and its consequences, political attitudes towards large digital companies and the way in which to do politics in the 21st century.
In figures: 2200 visitors and 2000 online webstream followers, 50 speakers, over 20 press articles…