European Equality Gala
The European Equality Gala is the summer fundraising party of ILGA-Europe, the European umbrella organisation for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights movement. It is the biggest fundraiser for the European LGBTI movement, attracting more than 400 guests including European Commissioners, MEPs, media and prominent LGBTI activists from across Europe. The 2018 European Equality Gala was held on 27 June in BOZAR and was kicked off with champagne and relaxed networking, followed by inspiring speeches from activists and policy-makers, a standing dinner from food stations serving innovative dishes, a silent auction, and a dance performance by TRINXX (Belgium). Guests ended the night on the dancefloor with tunes from Munroe Bergdorf (UK), transgender model, activist and DJ. The night was filled with fun and glitter, but most importantly it was a space where everyone is free to be themselves and it raised €37.528 for the European LGBTI movement.
Halloween Festival, walk of lights and spirits
Now a major date in Brussels culture, the Halloween Festival, lights and spirits walk attracts thousands of gnomes, elves, witches and monsters of all kinds on 31 October every year. In 2018, the festival again took place at the Museum and Centre for Fantastic Art and in various sites across the municipality of Saint-Gilles. This free festival included activities, music shows and impromptu theatre performances, gently leading the public towards a majestic firework display and a large popular fancy-dress parade. A mix of tradition and modernity, the festival created a magnificent light show in its different venues, in addition to its eclectic artistic programme.
C12 is a place where freedom, diversity, creativity and alternative culture are protected from the restrictions and standards of the outside world. The non-profit association C12 is a new multi-disciplinary platform managed by the Deep in House collective and the Horta Gallery; it is also a platform that brings together the artistic wealth of Brussels with a coherent artistic vision. C12 is located in the historic centre of Brussels, hidden in the depths of the Horta Gallery next to the Grand Place. It is a safe place where people can be united by a passion for art and music in all their forms. The project includes concerts, art installations, club evenings and exhibitions.
FESTEN is a project created by director and co-producer Alain Leempoel. It was a specific experience that brought 22 actors together on stage every evening, plus technicians and 9,000 spectators who took part in this meta-theatre over the month.
FESTEN is now 20! In 1998 there was a film, in 2003 a theatre adaptation and in 2018 a stage production in Brussels. In September, FESTEN created a giant wooden tent at the Boitsfort Hippodrome, newly renamed DROH!ME! They chose DROH!ME because they wanted to be part of the redevelopment of the site, which had remained an abandoned part of our heritage for too long. The inside of the tent was turned into a dining hall ready to welcome guests for dinner in the heart of the FESTEN family intrigue. Wherever visitors sat, the staging and scenography offered an extraordinary theatre experience with a high degree of proximity between actors and spectators, with the latter seated in a circle around the action. Spectators could book their place at the table for dinner in the heart of the FESTEN family intrigue.
Illumination of the Royal Saint Hubert Galleries
Every evening during the end-of-year celebrations and every weekend in 2018, the Galleries put on a light show thanks to their new lighting system inaugurated during their 175th anniversary. At night-fall, bystanders could admire this five-minute show every hour; it took place against a joyful, gently medley with hints of foreign lands, against the music of Lost Frequencies and against the Hungarian Rhapsodies, composed in the same year as the creation of the Galleries. This lighting was also used to celebrate special dates, such as St Patrick's Day, the victory of the Red Devils and Chinese New Year. On these occasions the Galleries were lit up in the appropriate ad hoc colours! This LED lighting is a dynamic and long-lasting replacement for the old, expensive and energy-consuming system. An audio system was installed at the same time. An access ramp made the Saint-Hubert Royal Galleries accessible 24 hours a day to persons with reduced mobility.
The Psalms Experience
In March 2018, "The Psalms Experience" was a great moment for reflection in the midst of the Klarafestival in Flagey: 75 psalms sung by three internationally famous choirs during six concerts at Studio 4 and in the Abbey of La Cambre, an unusual and unique venue in which this divine music sounded perfectly at home. The concerts, which were grouped into six topical themes, were accompanied by lectures by internationally renowned speakers on the issue of the essence of life.