It has become quit a big event ,
this alternative film-festival with quit a lot
of side activities.
Just have a look at their website.
-A make-up contest , body-painting contest..
Vampire party.... etc.
Me , I'm not a patient person if it comes to
The thing I want to tell you about is the
cellar of the 'Cinema Nova'
A friend of a friend took me here.
I was fascinated right away.... This is not
exactly one of those wite , clean modern
drinking cafetarias , those sterile ones you'll
often find at these cinemas.
No this is a cellar with all the heating
piping visible. A lot of artist have used all
their creativity to make it a scary place ,
with scary art. Sometimes lots of blood ,
sometimes with hidden or not so well hidden
sexual offensive material....
And it worked , in no time my mate was
feeling louse in the pluch seats ,
checking his glass if it was clean......
The festival takes place in 'march'
But you can always go for a drink in the cellar
when the cinema is open... you don't need to
see a movie.
'Rue d’Arenberg 3 Arenbergstraat '
It's just round the corner of the
'Sint-hubertusgallerij' or the 'koninginnegallerij'
Also the cathedral is near.
Have a good time!
Paris had it for a couple of years...
When a little bird whispered to me that Brussels
was going to have a beach near the river 'Zenne'
with a tropical atmosphere , food , music ,
coctails , boattrips... I had to be there.
'Brussel BAd or Bruxelles les bains'
is a hit.
It was great.
We smacked ourselves down in the tropical
Brussels sun and ordered an 'Asiette Antillaise'
and an 'Assiette vegetarien'.
They both tasted great...the vegetarian one was
even served with chicken. lol.
Hey , your in Belgium now.
A great atmosphere , people started dancing ,
the coctails made me a bit dizzy.
Brussels at its best. It is a very multicultural
One little warning , only go when the weather is
fantastic...otherwise it looks a bit poor.
Maybe you are into sports , have a look then
on the website. I loved to watch it. ;-)
Saincteletteplain - take the tram
Every year, when Christmas is coming near, the market square will be the location for a huge Christmas scenery with real life sized statues, even real life sheep but unfortunately a lot of ugly plastic not very healthy looking cattle `-). The cows look like if they just walked out of the Simpson’s cartoons where they have been grazing near the nuclear power plant of Mr. Burns: they look so transparent and glowing with weird colours!
But maybe it is this kitschy stuff that people like, it flashes them back to childhood, to innocence, to simplicity.
In the year 2000, Brussels was one of a number of European cities crowned "European Capital of Culture". In true Brussels fashion, preparations for this started well in advance, but just not quite well enough in advance. I think that as I write in 2004, everything that was planned to take place has been completed. All this to say that one of the events that came off in time, and with a resounding success, was the first ever Zinneke Parade.
The idea was to establish a parade that was designed and carried out by the ordinary people of Brussels, working locally with the artists, musicians and thespians of their areas. The result? On May 27th 2000, the day my photo was taken, 4000 people took part in 5 parades uniting in the afternoon in the city centre. They were encouraged and cheered by an audience of 300,000 people.
It is hard to convey what that day brought to the people concerned - there was such a feeling of fun, excitement and achievement... the level of creativity was beyond description. Friends of mine who took part either as organisers of groups or as members had an absolute ball... they could talk of nothing else for weeks!
Take a look at the websites below to see just what it meant to people. The demand went up to ensure that the Zinneke would become a permanent feature of the Brussels cultural calendar.
The response? The Zinneke takes place every 2 years in May. In 2004 it will be held on May 8th.
Yes Gillian, but what is a Zinneke?
Ooops good question.. a Zinneke is a true Brussels person... a mongrel... originally a mixture of Walloon, Flemish, Spanish blood. But still the notion of Zinneke lives in the melting pot that is Brussels... Italian, Maghreb, Congolese, Turkish, Portuguese... everything.
Gallery of photos taken by the general public during the first Zinneke Parade in 2000
don't be suprised if you come at the Grand Place and there is something happening there, in the mornings you mostly have the flower market and the painter who has his location, but sometimes
the whole market is locked off for an event.
Here it was kind of competition with little balls you had to throw and then hit with a stick and try to manage to get them on a certain spot, a distance away.
In Flemish it is called Kaatsbal.
I thought it was fun how all the red chairs were put around the playing field, they are so "inviting", don't you think?
May 8 is the usual day for Zinneke parade, that takes place each two years in Brussels (basically pair years).
Zinneke parade is a procession of creative people, playing music, dancing, improvising, acting, theater plays, singing on the streets of Brussels... all made-up, "disguised"... well, with nice, sometimes futuristic, other times monumental outfit. It was fun assisting it, I did that in 2002 (only a small part of it, for me being crowd-avert).
I saw in their website about why it is held on this very date: for May 8 being the anniversary date of Belgium Liberation and, since lately (2003 or even 2004), the official day of Region de Bruxelles-Capitale (the entire Brussels region, not the commune). [Side note: this has been celebrated at different dates the previous years... er... Brussels region is a young region :)]
Then, it is the ad hoc date for Zinneke to stress on Droit ? la Ville pour tous - the Right to the city for all. A city that, they require, is for all Brussels' Zinnekes.
The organisation defines a Zinneke. "Zinneke means in Brussels dialect the little Senne, the river that contours Brussels to avoid floods, as well as a dog, the result of a mix of all different races, that often ended his life in the Senne. Zinneke also means the champion of the race of the impure. The Brussels Zinneke is someone with mixed origins, flamish, walloon, italian, spanish, arab, english, german etc." Check the pic, see for yourself...
Voila! Cosmopolitan Brussels is partying!
Check the website for more info: this one in English:
and the below website as a general introduction and more complete version (mainly French and Dutch!)
Years and years I've seen this christmas period
thing grown in Brussels. I do think that Brussels
has got' the most beautiful square in the world.
I have been on some squares....that title becomes
hard to beat if you had seen the 'grand place'
during december 2004. It is just fabulous.
Last years they still had the more controversial
farm animals in fiberglass that lighted up ,
this year the lights and the sounds were so
fabulous even the biggest despicable critic
had shut up.
You could even control some of the lights yourself
from a big turning podium...and the childrens
laughs made it irrisisteble to turn on a happy
mood. And turning christmas-trees...
What else would man want!
From June 20 to June 22 (and each year, around June 21), free concerts will ignite Brussels communes.
This is the 19th edition of Fête de la musique in Wallonia and Brussels (the two regions arrange it together). In Brussels, I spotted not less than 25 concerts during those three days.
There would be jazz, rock, African and Latino American vibes as well as tzigan music.
Classical music lovers will rather attend MIM (Museum of Music Instruments) concerts.
For kids, head to Parvis Saint-Gilles and Saint-Gilles area since it is focused on La Fête de la Musique des Enfants (Kids' Music celebration). Of course, Grand-Place will host this as well (esp. June 21 at 7.30pm). Tzigan music and Electropop at Café Belga.
Anyway, here is the link to all those activities (only in French, sorry). Click on "Plus d'infos" green links to have further details on each concert.
For locations, see weblink:
Aaargh! I fully regret to have skipped it when I could attend the parade. As many cities in Europe, Brussels has its G + L Pride, the Belgian Lesbian and Gay Pride paarde.
For many years, I haven't been able to attend it because I was busy studying (it's during students "blocus"). In 2001 and following years, I could attend it but hadn't. Now, looking at this pic, that Belgianchocolate gave me, and the others in the below website, it seems a blast.
Well, it's not new, the *guys* (and girls) are amongst the best partiers ever.
In 2004, rendez-vous is taken for May 22. It uses to be on the first Saturday of May (unless, like in 2004, it had to be postponed because it should have taken place on May 1st, Labour Day in Belgium).
Normally, the parade starts at Sainte-Catherine area (Fish market) and runs through the big avenues of the city. Here, Frank (belgianchocolate) is in front of Gare centrale train station. Not that far behind, there is William (benidormone).
Have a look at the website.. many stuffs there: reports of 2003 Parade, information on the G+L movement, historical facts in Belgium... I noticed some nice logos and banners as well
Every year, R?gion de Bruxelles- Capitale (Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest ), Brussels region, like other Belgian regions, has its celebration day. In 2003, it was on May 10. 2004, on May 8. Don't really know the exact day but the celebration of the anniversary of this young region is on May.
Iris flower (blue flag- yellow flower) is Brussels symbol.
2003 year edition was a kind of Open doors of the Region, to show Brusseleers about the city they live in. 19 representative sites in Brussels were accessable, such as:
a recycling center, Brussels port and its locks, tramways, firemen station, a restaured district, Fine arts museum, Les halles Saint- G?ry (see my tip on that)... And on top of that, Circus show at Esplanade du Cinquantenaire (Jubilee park). To see more:
Why not discover Brussels with its inhabitants? as public transportation MIVB- STIB will allocate specific lines to allow visitors joining one site from another.
On the menu:
- 11h00-17h30: Open doors
- 17h30- 20h00: circus workshops
- From 20h30: circus show
For 2004, the Zinneke parade coincided with Irisfeest. In a sense, it is the true Brussels parade since "zinneke" designs the mixed person that is the Brusseleir.
Bruxelles les bains an event that has been organised for a second time near the canal (direction to the harbour) at the Saincteletteplein and the Dijlestraat.
The pavement is filled with sand, beach chairs. You can see exotic plants and ladies really sunbathing in swimsuit!
There is a place for the kids that I would call waterworld, where they can enjoy playing in the water to cool down, there is a petanque piste, there are so many stands where you can find yummie things to eat and drink and there is at the very end a stage where you can enjoy music.
I went in 2004 with Norali and we had a great time!
With mojito on the rocks and between the rocks `-)
with lots of laughter and fun... in one sentence: we had a great time!
Every year at the end of June and the beginning of July, a historical procession, called the Ommegang, takes place at the Grand'Place. This procession goes back to the 16th century and was originally created to welcome Charles V in Brussels.
We got fine impressions when we observed a parade of orchestras in the late evening at Grote Markt and at the streets of the city.
You can watch my 4 min 21 sec Video Brussels in the evening part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
Even at late night Grand Place is full of people. The holiday proceeds all through the night!
You can watch my 3 min 17 sec Video Brussels in the evening part 1 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
In Summer 2003 it was Brussels's turn to be invaded by weird cows!
You could find them all over the place, even on the airport!
I loved this one... Manneke Pis and his new girl friend...
now I start to wonder if this new girl friend has something to do with Jeanneke Pis beeing locked up behind bars?
ooh oh... he is cheating on her? `-)
Anyway... the cows were magnificient!
If you would love to see more of them, then do visit my Fotki page where you can see the pictures on 3 different sizes.
It is always nice should you leave some comments there as well! You can comment on each picture or read other's comments as well!
I would love to know what you think this cow is thinking or saying to Manneke Pis :)
Any idea? Write it down !