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.
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.
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.