Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco Festival - BANAD
The Brussels Art Nouveau & Art Deco (BANAD) Festival is an exceptional event highlighting the Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage of the Brussels-Capital Region. It is held every year in March and the 2018 edition was the second.
At the heart of the festival: guided tours of Art Nouveau and Art Deco interiors that are usually closed to the public. It is a unique opportunity to (re)discover these jewels of our architecture!
In addition, other activities highlighting the Art Nouveau and Art Deco heritage are organised: guided (outdoor) tours, concerts, conferences, events, activities for families, markets selling period objects, activities for PRM, activities for schools...
Organised by explore.brussels, this concept is unique in Europe!
Collectible is a unique and innovative event dedicated to collectable contemporary design, which presents both unique pieces and limited editions of the 21st century. The first edition of Collectible was held from 7 to 11 March 2018, in the magnificent Espace Vanderborght building, revisited for the occasion by a bold scenography by Richard Venlet. Collectible brings together carefully selected designers and galleries from all over the world. No other event in the Benelux - though spoilt for collectors, designers and interior designers - highlights the contemporary design scene, with other events focusing on historical, vintage or serial design.
The exhibitors - designers, galleries, institutions, specialised magazines, collectors and partner companies - focus on the emerging design scene by offering unique pieces and limited editions and come from Belgium and all over the world.
Accessible Art Fair
Accessible Art Fair (ACAF) is a contemporary art sale event bringing together artists and the public. Founded in 2006, the mission of the Accessible Art Fair remains unchanged: forging a bond between the artist and the buyer. This 4-day event offers a platform for artists to exhibit their work in a cultural and prestigious space. The organisers strive to make quality artists accessible to the public and the public accessible to the artists. They offer the opportunity to purchase quality works of art and design and meet the creators behind the work. The art works are carefully selected and hand-picked by a panel of experts and the event guarantee the quality of the art presented. Purchasing a work of art might seem daunting to some.
At the Accessible Art Fair they strive to make this experience as pleasant as possible by removing the barriers between the buyer and the artist.
What's up Brussels festival
Hip Hop is more like a culture than a discipline. And although more and more Belgian urban artists are making a name for themselves on the national and even international scene, a large part of this culture still remains in the shadows, just asking to reveal its talents. Organised by the fledgling SHINE Prod association in collaboration with the Brussels collective network, the "What's Up Brussels? Festival attempted to integrate this urban dynamic into a city as cosmopolitan as our capital. The event aimed to promote the emergence of new talent and offer the young people of Brussels a place to express themselves. To do this, the "What's Up Brussels? Festival was intended as an inter-generational and multi-dimensional event. It included different forms of expression from Hip Hop culture, combining street art, music, dance, fashion, sport and food trucks. It took place in the centre of Brussels and showcased the different aspects of Hip Hop culture over the course of a day, with sporting and artistic disciplines in an unusual venue next to the Grand Place, the Mont des Arts.
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.
Brussels Games Festival 2018
A popular, free and inclusive event, the Brussels Games Festival is the leading summer festival in Brussels. This outdoor festival in the Cinquantenaire Park is dedicated to games and open to everyone: families, seasoned and occasional players and curious onlookers. For three days, from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August 2018, the 40,000 m2 of the BGF brought together the best the world of games has to offer: board games, miniature war games, educational games, live action role-playing, world games, escape games, not to mention the classic Mölkky, a Finnish bowling game that is tactical, fun and above all highly addictive. More than 70 editors were present, along with 50 associations, 8 shops, more than 20 tournaments, 3 exhibitions, one second-hand games exchange, a protozone for discovering the games of the future, workshops and a night game... The BGF attracted different stakeholders from the games world, with 15,000 visitors; it now rivals the biggest recreational events in Europe.
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.
Pink Screens Film Festival
The Pink Screens Festival is the Brussels gay film festival. For ten days every year, it presents an ambitious programme of films, exhibitions and debates on issues relating to gender, gender equality, the artistic and political struggles of feminism, "different" sexualities and transgender issues. The success of the festival has been growing every year since it was founded in 2002, and it is now a key part of the Brussels cultural landscape. It has become one of the most famous gay film festivals in Europe and by promoting a pluralist and positive image of sexuality in our region, it has contributed to the image of a gay-friendly city that Brussels can be proud of; it is a factor in its modernity that has become essential for its appeal, particularly its international and tourism influence.
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.