FESTIVAL UP! - International Circus Biennial
The Festival UP! International Biennale is the most important event at the Espace Catastrophe. It gives expression to new circus forms in the heart of the Capital, with a demanding and diverse Belgian and international programme featuring a surprising range of circus arts. The 12 days of the Festival UP! take place throughout Brussels, in halls, under a circus tent and in public spaces. The 2018 event brought together 13 cultural partners for 45 performances, in front of 12,500 enthusiastic spectators. Two exceptional meetings further enhanced this event, namely the opening of FocusCircus with an evening event at BOZAR and, after three sessions at La Villette in Paris, Fresh Circus#4, a seminar for the development of Circus Arts, which attracted around 400 professionals from 34 countries. The Festival UP! is a showcase for modern circus arts and is one of the key events for the contemporary circus.
Brussels Jazz Festival 2018
For ten days in January 2018, Flagey put the spotlight on Jazz in all its forms for the fourth Brussels Jazz Festival. As well as carefully selected concerts, there was also a film programme, workshops, an exhibition, a book presentation, a film-concert, DJ sets, a jamming session and debates. The illustrators Fannes and Bagot conveyed the magic of the concerts on paper throughout the festival. A number of artists were present during the festival, including Archie Shepp, Radio Martiko, Heleen Van Haegenborgh & Christian Mendoza, Jasper Høiby, Tony Allen, Rohey, Soweto Kinch, Portico Quartet, Binker and Moses, Mâäk 20 years, Dans, Enrico Rava Tribe, Sister Sinister, Uri Caine, Lander Gyselinck, Lollo Meier Sextet, LABtrio, Kurt Rosenwinkel’s Bandit 65, The Comet is Coming, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band and Dick d’Alaise.
Belgian Pride Brussels
Belgian Pride has a rich history in Brussels. What started 23 years ago as an activist parade, grew into a large Pride Parade with many activities, initiatives, LGBTI+ activism, social messages and events organised by different associations and sectors, under the flag of ' Belgian Pride Brussels'. It has one big goal: to stand up for diversity and inclusion. For years, Belgian Pride has had a high day in Brussels. In recent years, pride has always been a huge success. The Pride Parade on
Saturday 19 May 2018 and the other activities that day attracted over 100,000 visitors, making it one of the biggest events in the Brussels-Capital Region. In addition, there were more than 70 activities and events during the Belgian Pride Festival, which took place between 4 and 20 May.