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A closet full of trivia

On Friday 14 November a new expo opens its doors at the Community Center Ten Weyngaert in Forest: ‘Schijt object(s)en à chier’. Visitors are asked to bring along trivial stuff that they want to get rid of. These objects will then be exposed to the public.


CC Ten Weyngaert noticed that the cultural events that it organized didn’t bring the visitors closer together. In order to make a change, the center now works together with Rirbaucout architects. They were assigned to transform the center in a way that would bring its visitors together. Rirbaucout’s solution was very simple: trivial stuff.

According to the architects, it’s not high culture that connects people, but everyday things. Not everybody can join in a discussion about a complex book or a dance performance. But most people have some trivia at home, such as a CD from their youth. These are the things that people usually frantically try to hide because they’re ashamed. Without any reason at all, says Rirbaucout.

From 14 November onwards, the visitors’ trivia will be collected at CC Ten Weyngaert. For this purpose, Rirbaucout designed a big piece of furniture out of old closets, which will also make the CC’s main hall much more attractive. With this project, CC Ten Weyngaert wants to bring people close together in order to create a collective power that will transform the center.

‘Schijt object(s)en à chier’ is part of the 71,5 hours of Genny Wetaert.

Address: Community Center Ten Weyngaert vzw, Bondgenotenstraat 54, 1190 Forest



Brussels & its 9th art

Brussels is the homeland of Tintin and Spirou, the undeniable forerunners of many generations of comic strip heroes. The Smurfs, Lucky Luke and the Daltons, Corentin, Black and Mortimer – to mention only the most famous – have made children of all ages in every country of the world dream, tremble with fear and laugh with mirth. The clear line at the tip of a pencil, Belgian comic strip has given birth to some great names of the 9th art and its future looks bright because there’s nothing like deep roots for encouraging new talent to grow.

Speech balloons are more or less everywhere in Brussels and especially at the Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD), set up in a superb Art Nouveau building. The CBBD regularly puts on themed exhibitions. Don’t miss the comic strip trail (check out the full parcours), which leads you across the city, gazing upwards, in the company of these likeable characters, immortalised in giant format on nearly 50 city gables. But Brussels celebrates its heroes all over the city in countless bookshops and other little shops packed with pages for poring over, miniatures for collecting, engravings and lithographs.

Parcours BD a Bruxelles.

Apart from the comic strip trail, there are many other strip-related things to do in Brussels:

Wall frescoes: this route presents you with an abbreviated version of the comic strip trail. More info here.

Belgian Comic Strip Center (CBBD), Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Brussels. More info here.

Marc Sleen Museum: a permanent exhibition about the life and work of Marc Sleen, the father of Nero, Rue des Sables 33-35, 1000 Brussels. More info here.

Comic strip bar of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, which displays, as wall tags, the drawings and sketches left there by 40 or so great
names of the 9th art. Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47, 1000 Brussels.

Saint-Hubert Galleries: upmarket shopping.

La Boutique Tintin, Rue de la Colline 13, 1000 Brussels. More info here.

MOOF (Museum of Original Figurines): a nice surprise for visitors who can see and admire figurines, collectors’ items, original drawings and sketches as well as other comic strip curiosities here, in addition to a well-stocked shop. Galerie Horta, Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes 116, 1000 Brussels. More info here.

Comic Strip House, Bd. de l’Impératrice 1, 1000 Brussels. More info here.

Comic strip shops and galleries,selling new and second-hand comic books at Bd. Anspach, Bd. Lemonnier, Rue du Midi, City 2.
Comics Café: enjoy an Obelix or Popeye hamburger surrounded by original comic strip works and wander around the comic strip galleries in the area. Place du Grand Sablon 8, 1000 Brussels. More info here.

Paul Delvaux Unveiled

After the resounding success of the 2010 exhibition “Paul Delvaux. Starting Points”, the Museum of Ixelles invites you on a liberating and sensitive journey into the famous Belgian master’s world. Up until 18 January, the museum presents the carefree and sensitive world of Paul Delvaux. A non-conformist and original exhibition, Paul Delvaux Unveiled revisits the work of the artist by highlighting six omnipresent pictorial themes of femininity, mystery, dreams, escapism, loneliness and theatricality.

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Born in the Belgian province of Liège, Paul Delvaux was a painter associated with Surrealism, famous for his paintings of female nudes. Under close scrutiny of the keen eyes of curators, art historians, art critics and collectors, the unique approach of such themes reveals a richness, depth and poetic force in the work of Delvaux.

This exhibition is open for the public every day until 18 January 2015. Audioguides are available in French, Dutch and English. The tour through the museum takes about 45 minutes and the entrance fee is €3.

Address: Musée d’Ixelles, rue Jean Van Volsem 71 B, Ixelles, 1050, check out the website for more information.

Ars Musica at Bozar

The Ars Musica Festival at BOZAR lets you plunge into the depths of the most inventive and recent music. The festival kindly opens its doors to all kinds of music: old music, jazz, pop, rock and world music are all showcased. On top of that, other artistic and creative disciplines, such as dance, poetry and video-making, won’t cease to surprise you at every concert. In short, a total experience for all your senses that you really don’t want to miss!

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This year’s edition is opened by the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the Italian Enrique Mazzola, on Friday 14 November 2014 at 8 pm.  The orchestra will follow the festival theme “Mini-Maxi – Belgian maximalists and American minimalists” by kicking off the festival with the ideal concert to whet your appetite: brand-new creations by Walter Hus will serve as an intro to Steve Reich’s The Desert Music, an iconic work for choir, orchestra and a lot of percussion. Go to the website for tickets & info.

Let’s have a quick glimpse at the rest of the Ars Musica program:

- Monday 17.11.2014 at 8 pm: MUSIC AND FILM: Maudite soit la guerre (film by Alfred Machin, Belgium, 1914)

- Tuesday 18.11.2014 at 8 pm: MUSIQUES NOUVELLES: Minimalist? Maximalist!

- Tuesday 25.11.2014 at 8 pm: ICTUS: Music for Eighteen Musicians
- Thursday 27.11.2014 at 8 pm: NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF BELGIUM: One day about Minimalist Music
- Saturday 29.11.2014 at 8 pm: ICTUS

Want more info and tickets, Check the website!

Customisez-Moi / 8 & 9 November 2014

afficheCustomisez-Moi”, developed by Bernard Gavilan, is a contest of fashion customization in which autodidacts and fashion school students take part. Ten finalists will showcase their customized collection during an exciting catwalk show and will be judged by industry professionals.

NEW: this year there is also a free “Custom Market” during the 2 days where you can buy the work of talented designers, participate in workshops and see a photo exposition.

More information on:

Custom Market: Saturday + Sunday
13:00 – 20:00 custom market clothes x workshops x photo exposition

Customisez-Moi Show: Saturday
20:00 – Exhibition of TAO’s price
21:30 – The Final – SHOW
22:30 – “La Petite Robe Noire” de Guerlain
23:30 – And the winner is?
00:00 – After party in SmoodS

DJ sets by
Romance Moderne, Sofie (L-Fêtes), Olivier Tjon (Goodlife),
John Noseda (Magic, Club69, Kitch Club), Bernard & Bernard (BlackLight)

Tickets in presale €10 at:
BERNARD GAVILAN SHOP /146 rue Blaes 1000 Brussels
Tickets at the entrance €15

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