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Bozar Night 2014

The Bozar Night, which takes place on November 11th at the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels, offers a whole night of electronic music. It’s the perfect getaway for music-lovers! During this event, both aficionados and adventurous newcomers can get acquainted with a whole range of artists such as Fennesz, Helena Hauff, Shxcxchcxsh, Black Rain, Ninos du Brasil, Acid Kirk,…

Bozar Night 2014

You can take part in the exhibitions “Sensation and Sensuality. Rubens and his legacy.” and “Paintings from Siena. Ars narrandi in Europe’s Gothic age.”. Guides will be present to answer your questions during these exhibitions between 8pm and 10pm. The exhibitions are accessible till 00:30.

In the Victor Horta Hall you can also see Ingrid von Wantoch Rekowski‘s renowned video installation Rubens-Metamorphoses. This video installation evokes the theatricality of baroque painting through the work of Peter Paul Rubens, focusing on the body and the tension between movement and the pose. The tableaux follow on from one another, merging as the actors’ different incarnations appear. A gesture, a look or an impulse allow a smooth flow from one fragment to the next. You can have a sneak preview here. Are you curious yet?

So many things to see and to do… And there’s more good news, because it all costs next to nothing! So write down 11 November in your agenda immediately… See you then?!

More information is to be found on the website of Bozar.


1000 years of Brussels

Until November 27, the mezzanine of the Halles Saint-Géry in Brussels is holding an exhibition that focuses on the history of 1000 years Brussels. In this entertaining expo, you can follow the history of Brussels step by step through time from the Middle Ages to present day-places, people, events…

brussels 1000 jaar

How long has Manneken-Pis been relieving himself? What do the 9 spheres of the Atomium actually represent? Who destroyed the Grand Place in 1695 with a shower of bombs? The exhibition Bruxelles, 1000 ans d’histoire(s) answers all these questions. You’ll get the know all the ins and outs of our lovely capital city!

The expo is organized like a game of hopscotch that you follow through the time periods. The ground is scattered with circular carpets, and visitors can meander beneath dozens of paper lanterns. Each time period is represented by a color, from the Middle Ages to the modern times. As a very visually appealing display, this expo is appropriate for everyone to discover 1000 years of Brussels history in a fun and informal way.


This exhibition comes after the publication of the book Bruxelles, l’Histoire en histoires by Rudi Vervoort, which was published in February 2014 in French and Dutch.

Wanna know more? Check the website!

Sufi Night at Bozar

On Saturday 25 October, Bozar Brussels is the place to be. Join in for the 7th edition of the Sufi Night and (re)discover the beauties of classical Islamic music! Marouane Hajji will represent Morocco and the Zikir Meclisi band will share the traditions of Turkey’s Kadiri dervishes, while singers Farida Parveen and Fakir Tuntun Shah will perform songs in the characteristic style of the Baul, the mystic minstrels of Bangladesh. In addition, Senegalese members of the Mouride brotherhood will recite poems as a tribute to Cheikh Amadou Bamba and there will also be a dance spectacle, called “Le Trait”, by Algeria’s Nacera Belaza, as well as a talk by philosopher and Sufi master Ömer Tuorul Ynançer.
marouane hajji

Marouane Hajji








The event kicks off at 5 pm with the lecture of renowned media figure and scholar Ömer Tuğrul İnançer, who will talk about Mevleni and Kadiri rituals and their meaning (in Turkish, with English translation). At 6:30 pm, you can attend dance performance “Le Trait”, in which 3 sorts of choreography are stringed together (Le Cercle, Le Coeur et l’Oubli, La Nuit).

Then at 8 pm, the concerts finally start! Farida Parveen mainly brings songs from Lalon Geeti by Baul (mystic minstril) Fakir Lalon Shah, whose songs were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Fakir Tuntun Shah joins her. The 15 musicians of Zikir Meclisi bring Turkish religious music that already has been performed for hundreds of years in the Kadiri branch of Sufism. Ndour Mbaye recites the mystical poems of Amadou Bama, the “khassaïdes”. He is accompanied by the singers of the brotherhood Serigne Fall Abdourahmane Siby. And the star of the evening is the Moroccon Marouane Hajji, a young prodigy of the Sufi song, and a composer and performer as well. Marouane Haji won the first prize at the third session of the national festival of the singers of Fez in 1998.


Farida Parveen

Want more info about the promising Sufi Night? Check it out here!


Light of Korea 2014

The Korea Festival 2014, which takes place from 16 to 25 October, is the first edition of what is to become an annual celebration of Korean culture, featuring various cultural activities in Brussels. All of these are free of charge, except for the film screenings.

The exhibition Light of Korea focuses on the country’s rich cultural tradition through a contemporary interpretation of 3 old forms of art: calligraphy, fashion and ceramics. You can see the works of Jisu Kim (calligrapher), Sang Hee Park (fashion designer) and Nam Hee Kim (ceramist). The expo runs from 14 to 28 October in the Brussels Korean Cultural Center, where you can also visit (until 22 November) the expo New Media Art of Leenam Lee, who integrates computer graphics and 3D animations into moving images.

korean festival

Another part of the Korea Festival is the second edition of the Korean Film Festival from 17 to 23 October in Cinema Galeries, Muntpunt, Cultureel Centrum Jacques Franck and La Vénerie.  The festival doesn’t only try to grant access to major production films, but also to independent films, featured during Korean art film festivals, which are rarely presented abroad. The theme of the 2014 Korean Film Festival Brussels is Real and Imaginary. The films show something in between the real and the unreal; something that doesn’t exist but might happen in our lives. The festival is trying to invite some directors and/or actors for the screening day and for Q & A.

The opening movie, on 17 October at Cinema Galeries, is Rough Play by Shin Yeonsik. Reservations are obligatory! The director, who will introduce his movie to the audience, based himself on a scenario of “the master” Kim Kiduk. The movie applies techniques from the mainstream movie industry and among the cast is famous K-Pop Star Lee Jun.

You can also attend a reading (in French) about traditional Korean medicine “haany-hak” on 22 October, and ther’s a magnificent K-Pop Night on the 18th with a dance contest and quiz about Korea. So you see, activities galore to get to know Korean culture a bit better… Have lots of fun! And don’t forget to check out the website for more detailed information.

Smurfs get their own venue at Brussels Strip Museum

For its 25th birthday, the Brussels Strip Museum inaugurates two new venues. The biggest one is entirely dedicated to the Smurfs, the famous blue comic book characters. The name of the museum at the rue des Sables also changes from Belgian Comic Strip Center to Brussels Strip Museum.


“The Smurfs receive their own special venue, which is permanent by the way, for the simple fact that they are Belgium’s most famous comic strip export product. Our former Smurf venue really had become too small for all the tourists that came to visit our museum from all over the world,” says Willem Degrave of the Brussels Strip Museum. The new venue is not only much bigger, but also has a more attractive design and just looks much fresher. There are lots of TV screens and a 3D Smurf Village. For the kids there’s even a tiny little Smurf house that they can enter to play and have fun with their favorite blue friends. Entertainment for the whole family!

Apart from that, the Strip Museum also installed a brand new venue for the works of Pieter De Poortere. For many years now, his funny character Dickie (“Boerke”) has been a favorite of magazines, which regularly publish his gags. The character was subsequently adopted by the screen, and short cartoons of his hilarious adventures can now be viewed at the Brussels Strip Museum.


Following the example of the Louvre and the Guggenheim, the Brussels Strip Museum also plans to open a second exhibition center in Caunes, near Carcassonne in the South of France.

The Brussels Strip Museum is open every day (except on Monday) from 10am to 6pm. You can find more information on the website!


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