Brussels activities accessible from the Youth Hostel 3 Fontaines
Victor Vasarely. Rétrospective
17 october 2013 - 19 january 2014
A key figure in optical art, or “Op Art”, Victor Vasarely featured in the artworld of the second half of the 20th century with his prolific geometric abstracts. A true master of composition by combining, fitting and assembling, Vasarely interchanged colours, shapes and visually dazzling geometric systems. An accomplished artist committed to a total art vision. Through this collection of abstract paintings from all over Europe, the mesmerizing world of Victor Vasarely offers striking optical effects. Under the curatorship of Serge Lemoine, the exhibition is a unique tribute to this great artist, revealing the talent of a great painter of singularly fruitful and radically modern works – now and forever.

When ?
17.10.2013 > 19.01.2014

Where ?
Musée d'Ixelles
rue Jean Van Volsem 71
1050 Brussels
T: +32 (0)2 515 64 22
F: +32 (0)2 515 64 24

 > musee@ixelles.be
 > www.museedixelles.irisnet.be
Europalia.india, 3 october 2013 - 26 january 2014
For its 24th biennial, Europalia International will bring India to the heart of Europe. During 4 months you can discover this mysterious and fascinating country, where different cultures meet, interact and bring about a unique creativity. europalia.india will translate India’s immense cultural wealth into a multidisciplinary programme comprising exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, conferences, cinema and literature events.

When ?
3/10/2013 > 26/01/2014

Where ?
Various locations in Brussels
T: +32 (0)2 504 91 21

 > info@europalia.eu
 > www.europalia.eu

Thematic walks in Brussels

Tintin à Bruxelles
Brussels, thematic walks.
Discover the greatest walks in Brussels. Each with its own theme: the comics-circuit, the European Village, the Mont des Arts and many more...

> Brussels and Comic Strip
> Art Nouveau walk
> Fashion trail
> From the Sablon to the Marolles
> Tintin walk
> Walk Europe
> Walk Heysel
> Classic walk

Where ?
Various places in Brussels

 > www.visitbrussels.be 

Brussels,

source of inspiration

Biennale Art Nouveau et Art Déco
Brussels and Tintin,
Even though Hergé tried to smooth out some of the unduly glaring Brussels references, there is no doubt that the author derived inspiration from his own everyday life and the world he lived in. Cafés, streets, hotels, theatres, museums or parks: the Brussels atmosphere is woven into the filigree of his work throughout. Oftentimes, Tintin, Snowy and their friends are seen against the backdrop of the capital’s typical cityscapes.

Where ?
Divers lieux à Bruxelles

 > www.visitbrussels.be 
Activities that our guests have discovered this year in Brussels
Da Vinci - The Genius, 22 march to 1 september 2013
From 22 March to 1st September, the Brussels Stock Exchange is to host the « Da Vinci - The Genius » exhibition. On display for the first time in Belgium, this is an outstanding portrayal of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and the most complete overview ever compiled of his work. Designed by the Australian company Grande Exhibitions and undertaken by the Italian foundation Anthropos and the Frenchman Pascal Cotte, this exhibition has already attracted more than 4 million visitors in 45 countries.The exhibition sheds light on the multiple facets of his startling talent, his extraordinary intelligence and his inventions which were well ahead of their time. Come and admire more than 200 fascinating objects created or envisioned by Leonardo da Vinci displayed over 1,200m² of exhibition space: identical replicas of his works of art (“The Last Supper”, “The Vitruvian Man”, “The Sforza Horse”, “The Virgin of the Rocks”, "The Annunciation"...), 75 life-size three-dimensional machines created especially for the exhibition (bicycle, robot, flying machine, catapult, tank, submarine...), the secrets of the Mona Lisa, a 50 minute film on the Florentine master, touchscreens on which you can browse da Vinci's original codices (personal notes)... and the possibility to touch and handle a good many of the items on display.Stand also at your disposition: an audioguide included in the admission fee, a cycle of conferences on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, educational activities for children.

When ?
22/03/2013 - 01/09/2013

Where ?
Bourse de Bruxelles
Place de la Bourse 1
1000 - Bruxelles
T: 070 79 00 70

 > groups@expo-davinci.be
 > www.expo-davinci.be
SPIROU passed from hand to hand, as part of the 75th anniversary of Spirou
23 april to 6 october 2013
Created on 21 April 1938 to enliven the pages of the weekly children’s comic launched by the publishing house Dupuis, the character Spirou is one of the emblematic characters of the European comic strip.

He is one of the few characters who belong to their publisher rather than their creator. As such, he has never stopped evolving over the first three-quarters of a century of his existence, throughout the sixty or so of his adventures published in albums. While his red uniform as a bellhop at the Moustic Hotel has made him famous, it is also a limitation. From Rob-Vel, Jijé and Franquin to Yoann and Vehlmann, Schwartz and Emile Bravo in the 21st century, the score of writers who have endeavoured to recount his adventures have constantly developed the character of Spirou and his entourage.

When ?
23.04.13 > 06.10.13

Where ?
CENTRE BELGE DE LA BANDE DESSINÉE [BELGIAN COMIC STRIP CENTER]
rue des Sables, 20
1000 Brussels
T: +32 (0)2 219 19 80

 > visit@cbbd.be
 > www.cbbd.be
Brussels Summer Festival (BSF) du 9 au 18 août 2013
The Brussels Summer Festival (BSF) can boast about being the most important cultural event in Brussels. A festival you can enjoy right at the heart of the city.

From this year the festival will be hosted in the area of the « Place des Palais », «Place du Musée » and « Mont des Arts » in the heart of the capital of Europe. BSF boasts increasing popularity in Belgium and abroad. It has without a doubt established itself as a multi-cultural, festive and popular event.
The Brussels Summer Festival is « 10 days of music » … « & Much More » !

When ?
From 8 to 18 August 2013.

Where ?
Quartier royal

Learn more: > www.bsf.be

The Midi Fair is open from Saturday the 13th of July until Sunday the 21st of August 2013
The Midi Fair of Brussels, also known as Foire du Midi in French, will take place at Boulevard du Midi, between Porte de Hal and Porte d’Anderlecht. Stop by and have a whale of a time at the fairground attractions, and enjoy doughnut balls, a wonderful atmosphere, a unique experience and great entertainment.
The fair is open from Saturday the 13th of July until Sunday the 18st of August, every day from 3 pm until 1 am, and during weekends and the eve of a bank holiday from 3 pm until 2 am.

When ?
Every day from 3pm until 1am.
Weekends from 3pm until 2am.
Eve of bank holidays from 3pm until 2am.

Where ?
Boulevard du Midi, 1000 Brussels, between the Porte de Halle and the Porte d'Anderlecht.

 > www.foiredumidi.be
Bruxelles-les-Bains, 5 juillet - 11 août 2013
Cette 11e édition de Bruxelles les Bains se déroulera du 05.07 au 11.08.2013.
Le planning? Cocktails le long de la 'plage', musique à gogo, sport, animations diverses, concerts pour enfants,...
Et pour pour les noctambules, des croisières sur le Boat Club et une programmation exceptionnelle !
Mais aussi plein de nouveautés: un spectacle d'inauguration féerique, le festival Let It Beach, un cinéma open air 'Heure d'Eté, des activités nautiques....
A proximité des paillottes où se désaltérer et grignoter, de nombreuses activités seront accessible aux visiteurs.

When ?
From July 5 to 11 August 2013
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am to 10pm
- Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm
- Closed on Mondays.

Where ?
Quai des Péniches near the Sainctelette, along the Canal de Bruxelles.

- Métro: station Yser
- Cycling: station Villo ! au quai de Willebroeck. Bicycle parking at the site entrance.
- Access to the site via two inputs: place Sainctelette and quai de la Voirie.

 > www.bruxelleslesbains.be 
Royal Park Music Festival June 30 to 28 July 2013
Voici le festival convivial et gratuit du Parc Royal de Bruxelles qui se déroule en journée tous les dimanches du mois de juillet (sauf le dimanche 21). Du jazz, du blues ou de la musique du monde, venez découvrir les jeunes talents de Belgique et du monde dans le meilleur de leur répertoire.

La programmation proposée pour juillet 2013, 23ième du genre; sera d’un cru à la croisée du blues, du jazz, du rock, du classique et de la musique contemporaine, avec des stars nationales de nos différentes communautés et régions.

When ?
30 June, 11am and 2.30pm
7 July, 11am and 2.30pm
14 July, 11am and 2.30pm
28 July, 11am and 2.30pm

Where ?
Kiosk in the Royal Park
Place des Palais
1000 Brussels

 > www.royalparkmusicfestival.be

Bruxelles fait son cinéma, from 9 to 19 July 2013
La treizième édition de "Bruxelles fait son cinéma" aura lieu du 9 au 19 juillet 2013. En l’espace de onze soirées, des séances qui renouent avec une vieille tradition: le cinéma itinérant en plein air qui eut son heure de gloire dans les pays méditerranéens. Ces projections sont l’occasion de redécouvrir comme Bruxelles est agréablement multiculturelle et ce dans onze communes, en des lieux parfois méconnus.

When ?
From 21h30: Stand offering snacks and drinks in the Mediterranean.
At dusk (around 10:10 p.m.) screening.

Where ?
Various locations in Brussels
Learn more: > www.liberationfilms.be
Brosella, 13 & 14 July 2013
La 37e édition du festival Brosella Folk & Jazz se tiendra les 13 et 14 juillet au Théâtre de Verdure du Parc d'Osseghem à Laeken, ont annoncé les organisateurs lors d'une conférence de presse mercredi. Pas moins de 30.000 personnes sont attendues pour cet événement que les organisateurs veulent "familial" et qui permet chaque année de révéler de nombreux talents.

Brosella is a free festival.

When ?
Les 13 et 14 juillet 2013

Where ?
Théâtre de Verdure near Atomium. Heysel

 > www.brosella.be/ 
Couleur Café Festival 2013, 28 to 30 june 2013
In 1994, Couleur Café moved to Tour & Taxis, one of the most beautiful industrial sites in Europe. Nowadays, Couleur Café can no longer be rightfully described as a world music festival but more like a festival that proposes a full array of music styles coming from all over the world. With more than 50 concerts on 3 stages over three days, Couleur Café offers the best of r&b, hiphop, world, dubstep, afro, soul, funk, reggae, ragga, dub, dancehall, reggaeton, latin, salsa, rock, electro… There is also a dance floor featuring electronic music where festivalgoers can also feel the force of the musical mix.

When ?
Friday 28 june 16:00 – 03:00
Saturday 29 june 15:00 – 03:00
Sunday 30 june 15:00 – 02:00

Where ?
Couleur Café
Tour & Taxis,
rue Picard 3,
1000 Brussels

 > 2013.couleurcafe.be
Hokusai - Views of Mount Fuji and other landscapes ,
27 march to 9 june 2013
Hokusai (1760-1849) is probably one of the most well-known of Japanese artists. He enjoyed an exceptionnaly long career and left behind a highly varied oeuvre, including paintings, book illustrations and prints, all with such classical themes as portraits of actors and beautiful women, and landscapes. It is particularly to these last that he owes his fame, both in Japan during his lifetime and in the West up to the present. His views of Mount Fuji are icons of the art of the Japanese print and perhaps even of Japan itself. Totally in the Japanese tradition, he seldom pictures the countryside without a human presence - in his case, it is the ordinary man during his daily activities that he shows, rather than famous actors, heroes or beauties.

For this exhibition, a selection has been made from the rich collection of the Royal Museums of Art and History, whose Japanese print collection totals 7 500 items, often in an exceptionally good state of preservation. Fifty works by Hokusai will be on show at the exhibition, together with a few by his pupils; the most valuable of the works will be substituted halfway through the exhibition.

Change of the most fragile prints on show from Tuesday 30 April on.

When ?
27/03/2013 - 09/06/2013

Where ?
Musées de l'Extrême-Orient
(Tour Japonaise, Pavillon Chinois, Musée d'art Japonais)
avenue Van Praet 44
1020 - Laeken
T: 02 268 16 08

 > info@mrah.be
 > www.mrah.be

Kadinsky, 8 march - 30 june 2013

Brussel shows the exhibition Kandinsky & Russia. From 8 March up to 30 June, you can come and admire more than 150 works of art at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Among these works of art: about fifty paintings of Wassily Kandinsky (Moscow 1866 - Neuilly-sur-Seine 1944), next to some popular art works and paintings of Larionov and Malévitch. Most of the works come from very renowned Russian museums such as the Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg.

After 100 years, Kandinsky returns to Belgium! In May 1913, he exhibited at the Georges Giroux Gallery, now gone but at the time a Brussels cultural hotspot. The paintings and works of art that can now be seen at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium take you back to the Russia of the 1901 – 1922 period: from symbolism to avant-garde. A truly wonderful journey …

The exhibition Kandinsky & Russia is subdivided in four separate parts with the following suggestive titles: «Experiencing the art of painting», «Listening to the art of painting», «Amidst nature» and «Kandinsky and mythology». It is the first time that this collection of 150 works is shown in Belgium. It shows the artistic and intellectual complexity of a true genius who drew inspiration at the same time from the Russian symbolist movement, Greek culture, German metaphysics, orthodox spirituality and esotericism.

When ?
08/03/2013 - 30/06/2013

Where ?
Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
rue de la Régence 3
1000 - Brussels
T: 02 508 32 11

 > www.expo-kandinsky.be
Nuits Botanique 2013, 30 april to 13 may 2013
Les Nuits 2013
A unique location, au coeur de Bruxelles, with a line-up to die for!
A festival that makes discovering and reinforcing musical careers its top priority. Want proof? Take a look at the eclectic line-up, open to all the new trends with quality!

When ?
30/04 - 13/05/2013

Where ?
Rue Royale 236
1210 Brussels
+32(0)2 218 37 32

 > info@@botanique.be
 > www.botanique.be/en/project/les-nuits-en/2013
Brussels Short Film Festival 2013, 24 april to 4 may 2013
Discover the cream of world production with our international and national competitions, marvel at the films of great directors, surprised you meet projections Very Short Trash and of course the inevitable Best Of session.

When ?
24/04/2013 - 04/05/2013

Where ?
Bozar, Flagey, Petit Théâtre Mercelis, Le Chapiteau, Vendome, Maison de l’Amérique Latine

 > info@courtmetrage.be
 > www.bsff.be
Opening the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, 19 april to 12 may 2013
Built in 1873 by the architect Alphonse Balat at the request of Léopold II, this is a real town of glass which took more than 20 years to grow in the area. The greenhouses are open for one fortnight a year just when the azaleas are in full bloom; the place is magical, the setting enchanting and the fragrances captivating.

When ?
19/04/2013 - 12/05/2013

Where ?
Serres Royales Laeken
avenue du Parc Royal
1020 - Laeken
T: 02 551 20 20

 > www.monarchie.be

Museum Night Fever, 2 march 2013

Museum Night Fever is an event where around twenty museums stay open until the early hours, attracting young people in huge numbers for an offbeat programme: a strong and sparkling winter cocktail of exhibitions, concerts, performances, fashion, workshops and DJs!

And it's back on 2 March 2013 ... featuring museums as you've never seen them before, with a contemporary and unconventional twist! And for those of you who will still be brimming with energy even after the museums have closed their doors, the night will go on at the afterparty.

When ?
02/03/2013 - 19:00 > 01:00

Where ?
Various museums in Brussels

 > www.museumnightfever.be

Winter Wonders, 30 november 2012 - 6 january 2013

Light is at the heart of the celebrations in mid winter. Ever keen to reinvent Winter Wonders and to boost its appeal after 10 successful years, the City of Brussels wants to bolster the event with top quality artistic fare. Beyond the traditional Christmas lights, Winter Wonders has called on light sculptures to dare new forms. Some 5 artistic installations from the Market Square to the big wheel will illuminate your way as real “dreams of light.”

Created in 2002 at the initiative of the City of Brussels, Winter Wonders has unrelentingly spared no effort ever since to enhance its appeal among the Belgian and foreign public visiting the country’s capital.
Famous by now, the 2-km Christmas concourse in the heart of our magnificent capital will get us dreaming this year again with its unique atmosphere, quality activities, varied culinary specialities, discoveries of other worlds, enchanting lights, etc.

Alongside traditional features (skating rink, merry-go-rounds, big wheel, …) that have turned Winter Wonders into an internationally renowned event not to be missed, this year’s edition will boast several new attractions.
The City of Brussels wishes to focus particularly on the quality of its cultural activities this year, to turn Winter Wonders into a distinctive label for the future.

When ?
30/11/2012 - 06/01/2013

Where ?
Place Sainte-Catherine
Grand Place
Marché aux Poissons
Around the "Bourse"

 > www.visitbrussels.be 

BÜL, 13 december 2012 - 7 january 2013

Poésie et lumière dans le Haut de la Ville.
À l’occasion des fêtes de fin d’année, la Place Stéphanie accueille « BÜL », une installation artistique lumineuse et sonore tout droit venue de Montréal, Québec. Chaque soir, à la tombée de la nuit, de gigantesques bulles de lumière s'animeront et constitueront un spectacle grandeur nature pour faire rêver petits et grands.

Tous les soirs du 13 décembre au 7 janvier, à la tombée de la nuit, des bulles lumineuses monumentales - la plus grande atteignant 7 mètres - illumineront la Place Stéphanie. Spectacle evanescent, les bulles changeront de couleur pour former une chorégraphie lumineuse et sonore, orchestrée par Bernard Duguay et son équipe de la société montréalaise Lucion Media.

Clou du spectacle, BÜL dévoilera des théâtres d'ombres: mise en scène évoquant à la fois le quartier, Bruxelles, l'élégance, les champagnes Laurent-Perrier, les rêves d'enfant... Proposant un univers onirique propice à s'inventer des histoires, BÜL est un concept novateur qui invite au voyage et à la rêverie.

When ?
13/12/2012 - 07/01/2013

Where ?
Quartier Louise, place Stéphanie
1000 - Brussels

 > www.brusselslouise.be 

Toots90, exhibition on Toots Thielemans! 31 August 2012 to 6 January 2013

A new interactive exhibition tracing the life of the jazz icon on the occasion of his 90th birthday!

This exhibition offers you the opportunity to discover the extraordinary life and career of the famous Belgian.

• The Sound & Vision of Toots,
• From the dark little jazz bar to the impressive stage of Carnegie Hall,
• From the Marolles to New York City!

You will experience a multimedia show on one of the greatest musicians in Belgium and in the world!

An exciting, interactive exhibition in a modern setting with a surprising design! A temporary and unique location, in the heart of Brussels: the Toots Theatre, in the Vanderborght building.

When ?
31/08/12 - 06/01/13

Where ?
Toots Theatre, Vanderborght building,
Rue de l'Ecuyer 50
1000 Brussels

 > www.expotoots90.be 
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