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Festival Calendar

Planning to come to Brussels but not sure when? Maybe this festival calendar will inspire you! There is always something happening here, but some events might attract you more than others. For extra information about events check the agenda on the page or for the very complete agenda (used by the locals) check www.agenda.be  

 
 
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(STARTING) IN JANUARY
 
Winterjazz Marni-FlageyWinterjazz Marni-Flagey
When : 14/01 – 25/01
What : THE winter rendez-vous for jazz lovers. Flagey and the Théâtre Marni offer an invigorating cocktail of Belgian and foreign jazz artists, young and established, and films about jazz.
Where: Théâtre Marni & Flagey
 
djangofolliesDjangofolllies.
When: 14/01 - 31/01
What: A tribute to Django Reinhardt, organized by the vzw 'De Vrienden van Brosella'. Django is the founder of gypsy swing (a combination of jazz with musette and gypsy music) and exceptional guitar player, a musical icon of the 20th century.
Where: The festival takes place in 14 different venues all over Belgium.
 
BRAFA- Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts FairBRAFA- Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair
When : 25/01 – 02/02
What : Jewelry, furniture and other antiquities, tribal art, oriental art, engravings, ancient and modern paintings, contemporary art, books and photographs are once again on display in this exceptional location, where the quality of the pieces is guaranteed by the valuation committee's strict assessments. This is the place to be for curious visitors and serious collectors alike.
Where: Tour & Taxis

 
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(STARTING) IN FEBRUARY
 
propulseProPulse
When: 03/02- 07/02
What: EntreVues and Boutik Rock merged in 2012 and became Propulse, a performing arts rendezvous aimed primarily at those programming events, but which is also open to the public.
Where: Flagey, Halles de Schaerbeek, Botanique
 
art truc trocArt Truc-Troc.
When: 07/02 – 09/02
What: This really original exhibition always attracts crowds to the Centre for Fine Arts. No money changes hands: visitors put post-its beside the work they want, offering everything from two tons of coal to a ten-year-old Saab to DIY services to a weekend in a holiday apartment.
Where: Palais des Beaux-Arts - BOZAR
 
Affordable Art FairAffordable Art Fair (AAF) Brussels
When : 07/02 – 10/02
What: The new Brussels edition of the Affordable Art Fair hosts more than 90 Belgian and international galleries.
Where: Tour & Taxis

 
Foire du livreFoire du livre
When : 20/02 – 24/02
What : Major cultural event with more than 1,350 represented publishers, 950 authors present for dedications, debates, meetings, shows and exhibitions, a gourmet palace, a digital structure and a multimedia show unique in the world: the Comic Books Imaginarium. Simply impossible to get bored!
Where : Tour & Taxis
 
museum night feverMuseum Night Fever.
When: 22/02
What: See elsewhere on the youth page (unless it has passed of course). A one night Museum Festival! Around twenty museums stay open until 1 or 2 am, attracting young people in huge numbers for an offbeat programme: a strong and sparkling winter cocktail of exhibitions, concerts, performances, fashion, workshops and DJs! 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 Bulex afterparty.
Where: Different museums in Brussels + after party (Bulex)
 
museum night feverThe Sound Week
When: 24/02 – 02/03
What: The Sound Week presents loads of free activities: concerts, workshops, performances, lectures, sound installations and many other surprises. A feast of knowledge and practices, and an opportunity to understand this bright but invisible part of our environment which is “sound
Where: different places in Brussels
 
AnimaAnima
When: 28/02 - 09/03
What: The Anima international festival is THE rendez-vous for the latest in cartoon films, animation at its best, sharpest, weirdest and wildest. With over 200 screenings of all genres, some films not yet premiered, an Animation Night to remember, and to round off the event, award of the golden Cartoon d'Or, this festival has become a major event in its category.
Where: Flagey
 
 
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(STARTING) IN MARCH
 
VW spring sessionsVW Spring Sessions
When: March – June
What: Since 1998 the beginning of March has been the signal for a new series of the now famous VW Spring Sessions, a festival that offers a fascinating voyage through a range of diverse genres, from tango to hip hop and jazz.
Where: different venues
 
offscreenOffscreen Film Festival
When: 05/03 - 23/03
What: The Offscreen Film Festival is the indispensable gathering for film fans with a taste for the unconventional. This annual, non-competitive event is a showcase for independent and unreleased films, cult classics and offbeat genres from around the world.
Where: Cinema Nova, Cinematek, Rits, Beursschouwburg
 
 
Lezarts danse urbaine
Festival Lezarts Urbaines
When : 12/03 – 29/03
What : A festival that showcases the creativity of the hip-hop scene, including choreography, concerts, DJ sets, and live drawing.
Where : Botanique, BOZAR, Maison du Livre, Cinema Aventure
 
EuranticaEurantica
When : 13/03 – 23/03
What : This indoor fair features collection objects presented by 150 antique dealers and art galleries from all over Europe. The eclectic range of objects includes furniture, sculpture, clocks, weaponry, glasswork, ceramics, art nouveau, art deco, coins, and pre-Columbian art.
Where: Brussels Expo
 
KlarafestivalKlaraFestival
When: 15/03 - 29/03
What: Organized jointly by the Flanders Festival Brussels and the Flemish cultural radio station, Klara, the KlaraFestival opens the Brussels classical concert season at a variety of city venues over a fortnight. The line-up includes opera and celebrated international orchestras, as well as premieres and innovative multidisciplinary productions.
Where: Different venues
 
KlarafestivalIn Movement
When: 18/03 – 29/03
What: This biennial festival focusses is a choreographic event created by Les Brigittines. Combining a variety of styles, the aim of the event is to demonstrate choreographers’ engagement in the contemporary world, be it politically or socially or by giving life to current issues.
Where: Les Brigittines
 
 
KlarafestivalEye on Palestine
When: 24/03 – 06/04
What: Eye on Palestine is a festival that promotes quality and stimulating Palestine-related film and arts in Belgium.
Where: different places in Brussels (& Ghent)
 
 
banffBanff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
When: 26/03 - 30/03
What: Adventure and expedition films you wouldn’t want to miss!
Where: Wolubilis
 
banffTels Quels : Festival Lesbien Gay Bi Trans
When : 28/03 - 06/04
What : A festival offering films, discussions, a book fair, and parties at various locations in Brussels and elsewhere in Belgium.
Where : Vendôme
 
 

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(STARTING) IN APRIL
 
bifffMillenium – International Documentary Film Festiva
When : 03/04 - 11/04
What : With the backing of the UN, this festival of documentary film, attended by many directors, aims to promote the Millennium Goals via discussions, talks, and screenings of more than 50 films.
Where : BOZAR, Espace Senghor, CIVA
 
 
bifffBIFFF Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
When: 08/04 - 20/04
What: An opportunity to discover quality horror, science fiction, and thrillers - films to get the adrenaline going and the heart beating faster. Past award-winners have included The Last House on the Left, Dog Soldiers, Dark City, Ringu, The Butterfly Effect, and Dark Waters.
Where: Bozar
 
 
Brussels tango festivalLe Brussels Tango Festival
When: 10/04 – 14/04
What: The Tango Festival offers demonstrations and beginners’ classes in a variety of venues, not just onstage, but also in metro stations and quiet corners in city parks.
Where: different venues
 
serres royales de Laeken Opening of the Royal Greenhouses
When: 15/04 - 01/05
What: Designed by the architect Balat (Victor Horta's teacher), these greenhouses are one of Brussels' most remarkable monuments. This magic place will please both aficionados of 19th century architecture and green-fingered plant enthusiasts. These highly impressive greenhouses with their soaring ironwork are home to a wide range of flora and many rare species.
Where: Laeken
 
stoemp !Stoemp !
When: Mid April / Beginning of June
What: Pop and rock doesn’t always have to be about gigantic festivals and stadium concerts - as this series of concerts in bars and cafes shows.
Where: Different bars in the centre
 
hoplaHOPLA! The celebration of circus arts Brussels
When: 17/04 - 20/04
What: The circus enters the heart of Brussels during 'Hopla!'. Artists from all over the world bring performances inside and outside or within a circus tent. There are activities for all ages. The City works together with the Maison du Cirque for this event.
Where: Place Sainte-Catherine and around
 
courants d'airsFestival Courants d’airs
When : 23/04 - 27/04
What: A five-day festival that showcases the work of students at the Conservatoire and other French-language institutions offering training in the performing arts: theatre, music, singing, contemporary circus, visual arts, dance, video, and more.
Where: Royal Arts Conservatory of Brussels
 
 
Brussels Short Film Festival.
When: 23/04 - 03/05
What: More than 300 short films from 40 countries. 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 sessions!
Where: Cinéma Vendôme, Bozar, Flagey
 
 
PoppositionsPoppositions Art Fair
When: 24/04 – 27/04
What: Conceived as an experiment with the art fair format and an alternative to the white cube environment of standard fairs, POPPOSITIONS is an assembly of galleries and hybrid art spaces.
Where: Dexia Art Centre
 
art brusselsArt Brussels.
When: 25/04 - 27/04
What: Almost 200 galleries from over 20 different countries take part in this Brussels contemporary art fair. Of particular interest to collectors, critics, journalists, and curators, but very much accessible to anyone interested in today's art. The result is a diverse collection of many different forms of contemporary art.
Where: Brussels Expo
 
Off art fairOFF-Art Fair Brussels
When: 25/04 – 28/04
What: Art Brussels has been joined by a little brother that welcomes professionals, art-lovers, and collectors in the imposing Brussels stock exchange building
Where: Tour & Taxis
 
erfgoeddagCultural Heritage Day
When: 27/04
What: A celebration of our Cultural Heritage, traditionally held on the first Sunday after the Easter Holidays, focusing on the movable (objects) and the intangible (stories, traditional techniques and skills). Access is free.
Where: Different places in Brussels 
 
Brussels Comedy FestivalJuste pour Rire Brussels
When: 27/04/2013 - 04/05/2013
What: French en Belgian comedy talents on stage! If you understand French you’ll be in stitches till it hurts!
Where: théâtre 140
 
 
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(STARTING) IN MAY
 
festival des artsKunstenfestivaldesarts
When: 02/05 - 24/05
What: A cosmopolitan, contemporary, multidisciplinary, multilingual festival of performance and visual arts. Lasts three weeks and is backed by a number of local cultural venues and organizations.
Where: Different places in Brussels
 
festival des artsBalkan Trafik Festival
When: 03/05- 06/05
What: Each annual edition of Balkan Trafik presents a sample of the best that south-eastern Europe has to offer. A festive event including music, theatre, film, workshops, activities, and much more, all weekend long at the Centre for Fine Arts, transformed for the occasion into a cross between a popular celebration, a bazaar, and a beehive!
Where: Palais des Beaux-Arts - BOZAR
 
 
festival of europeFestival of Europe
When: 09/05
What: A declaration by Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 marked a key moment in Europe's development. Having the European institutions here means putting up with demos and traffic restrictions for summits, but it also means you can visit their HQs.
Where: The European institutions, the European neighborhood
 
fete de l'irisIris Celebration
When: 10/05 - 11/05
What: Concerts and fireworks displays on the Place des Palais the whole weekend. Sunday is dedicated to the Street Festival: dozens of artists, mostly from Brussels perform in themed situations during the day. The area around Rue du Lombardstraat, seat of the Brussels parliament, is home to a relaxed bash aimed at (but by no means restricted to) the capital’s one million inhabitants. Under the aegis of the iris, the city’s mascot flower, a host of mini-festivals will offer pop-rock, jazz, and classical music as well as street entertainment for children and their parents.
Where: Brussels' city centre and around
 
kunstenarenparcoursQueen Elisabeth Music Competition 2013 - piano
When: 14/05 - 31/06
What: This competition that awards young virtuous pianists, violinists and singers is unique in the world, not only because of its importance, its influence, but also because of the difficulty of the tests, the prestigious jury, the strict rules (a rigid points system excluding any favoritism) and especially its originality, the Queen Elisabeth competition is one of the major cultural events of Brussels.
Where: BOZAR & Flagey
 
Les Nuits BotaniqueLes Nuits Botanique.
When: 15/05 - 26/05
What: Probably the best popular music event of the year in Brussels. A series of concerts with established, up-and-coming, and unheard-of artists - all good. Music and food available, outdoors if the weather permits - the first barbecue of the year, you could say.
Where: Botanique & Cirque Royal
 
pride day brusselsPride Day Brussels
When: 17/05
What: This annual event, celebrated around the world - in Brussels it now includes a parade, concerts, and shows - has its roots in the Stonewall riots in New York in June 1969, which grew out of a protest against police brutality to gays. Things have changed a lot since. The Belgian Pride Week takes place from 13 till 19 May.
Where: The city centre
 
20 km van Brussel20 km of Brussels
When: 18/05
What: Whether you're a jogger, an athlete, or anything but, this event has something for you. You could run, with 25,000 others, along the city's finest avenues. Or just watch, applaud, and stroll around the stands set up for the occasion.
Where: Esplanade du Cinquantenaire
 
brussels jazz marathonEuroferia
When: 22/05 - 25/05
What: This cultural event is a Spanish, European and international festival - the biggest feria in Europe outside Spain. In an exciting folkloric ambience, the event offers an extraordinary variety of food.
Where: Brussels Kart Expo
 
 
brussels jazz marathonBrussels Jazz Marathon
When: 23/05 - 25/05
What: The tried and trusted formula remains unchanged. Over three days, a range of famous and not so famous jazz musicians will perform on four open-air stages and all evening long in a host of clubs and cafes.
Where: Different places in Brussels
 
CulinariaCulinaria
When : 29/05 – 01/06
What : Once again this year the Culinaria event at Tour & Taxis in Brussels invites the public to taste food prepared by Belgium's greatest chefs. With thousands of visitors each year, Culinaria is a huge success with gourmets, eager to discover new flavours. Conferences and workshops make up the programme at this event which is intended for all those who enjoy fine food.
Where: Tour & Taxis
 
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(STARTING) IN JUNE
 
Roller bike paradeRoller-Bike Parade
When: June till September
What: Every Friday from June to September, starting from Place Poelaert at 7 pm, the Parade wends its way around the city in safety (streets and roads are blocked off for it).
Where: starting point at Place Poelaert
 
Roller bike paradeD-Festival
When: 03/06 - 14/06
What: A festival of contemporary dance for young dancers. Short pieces (up to half an hour) in groups of two or three – check it out, even if you're not an aficionado.
Where: Théâtre Marni & Théâtre Les Tanneurs
 
 
boa fair baaf bruneafBOA Fair - BAAF - Bruneaf
When : 04/06 – 08/06
What: Three festivals in one. The Sablon district is filled with a huge array of works of art from the Ancient world, the Orient, and the non-European art world. You can take a break from the galleries to rest a while at a sunny pavement cafe or have a bite to eat.
Where: Sablon / Zavel
 
 
boa fair baaf bruneafOUT LOUD !
When: 05/06 – 29/06
What: A month of free evening film screenings, concerts, and parties on the Beursschouwburg’s rooftop terrace. The bar, which serves tapas, opens at 5 pm.
Where: Beursschouwburg
 
brussels film festivalBrussels Film Festival.
When: 06/06 - 14/06
What: Now a regular fixture in the Flagey building, the Brussels Film Festival is poised to turn into a truly European event. The programme features a mixture of short, medium and full-length films, with special emphasis on new work. On the warm summer nights when the festival takes place, the Flagey lighthouse illuminates the lives of all film fans.
Where: Flagey
 
PlazeyPlazey
When: 18/06 - 06/07
What: A very convivial, super cozy and free festival in the Elisabeth park of Koekelberg, organized by three Flemish cultural centres: street theatre, barbeques, concerts and sport initiations are awaiting you. Wednesday kids day, Friday concerts, Saturday movies and Sunday family time!
Where: Parc Elisabeth / Elisabethpark
 
Jazz Jette JuneJazz Jette June
When : 20/06
What : This annual jazz festival in the Brussels borough of Jette, launched in 1990, attracts about 5,000 spectators every year.
Where: Different venues in jette
 
fete de la musiqueFête de la Musique.
When: 20/06 - 22/06
What: This midsummer music festival was originally a French idea, but has now spread worldwide. In Brussels it lasts for four days. The big stars appear on the Place des Palais, but there are lots of other events in different locations.
Where: Different places in Brussels (and Wallonia)
 
festival musiq'3Festival Musiq’3
When : 26/06 – 29/06
What : The Musiq'3 Festival, which first saw the light of day in 2011, offers thirty 45-minute concerts over three days. As well as music, there will be fringe activities, including films, workshops, and lecture concerts.
Where : Flagey
 
recyclartRecyclart Holydays.
When: 26/06 – 01/08 Every Thursday & Friday
What: Recyclart Holidays is the summer festival organized by arts centre Recyclart in and around the old train station Brussel-Kapellekerk/Bruxelles-Chapelle. Every Thursday and Friday night, from June 30 till August 5, it's time to party, to socialize, to eat and to drink! The programme consists of concerts, Dj sets, films and documentaries, workshops, exhibitions, performances - interspersed with pétanque and bakery workshops! Thursday nights are for free, Friday nights cost only 5 euro.
Where: Inside and in front of Recyclart
 
couleurs cafeFestival Couleur Café
When: 27/06 - 29/06
What: World music enchants some and irritates others. The organizers of Couleur Café take great care to offer us only the highest quality music, food, and visuals. There are also activities relating to issues such as sustainable development.
Where: Tour & Taxis
 
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(STARTING) IN JULY
 
Les apéros UrbainsLes apéros Urbains
When: whole summer on Friday evenings
What: Each Friday eve on a different location you can go to an open-air get-togethers offering music, atmosphere, and aperitifs called 'Apero urbain'. The philosophy is to allow people to discover new places and especially to meet after the daily working rush. Often there is an official after party which means free access to a club!
Where: Each time a different location
 
ommegang
Ommegang
When: 01/07 - 03/07
What: Breathtaking folklore, magic and animations. More than 1400 performers will help you relive a history (1549, the procession of Charles Quint) under the vigilant eye of the director Giles Daoust who will oversee sound and light for the sixth year in a row.
Where: The 'Grand-Place'
 
midis-minimesMidis-Minimes / Middagen van de Miniemen
When: 01/07 – 31/08
What : The festival Midis-Minimes once again offers an eclectic programme of lunchtime (35-minute) concerts, both “classical” and world, every weekday at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels
Where : Conservatoire / Conservatorium
 
Bruxelles les bainsBrussels On Sea
When: 04/07 - 10/08
What: Just imagine: a beach of fine sand, coconut palms, pétanque areas, cocktail bars, straw huts... and yet you're in Brussels. The cobbled quays of the canal have been turned into a beach with the help of imported sand, palm trees, and straw huts. City dwellers flock to this waterfront paradise to show off, sunbathe, play a game of beach volleyball, cool off under the fountains, or simply sip a fruit juice cocktail under a straw parasol. Some evenings are open for live music beneath the starry skies: almost a month of sunshine and chilling out in the heart of the capital.
Where: At the canal, Yser
 
Bruxelles fait son cinemaBruxelles fait son cinéma
When : 09/07 – 19/07
What: Eleven free open-air film screenings in different locations around the city. A chance to discover interesting films and unfamiliar corners of Brussels.
Where: different venues
 
brussel danstFeest in Brussel
When: 11/07
What: the celebration of the Flemish community in Belgium, meaning concerts organized by the Ancienne Belgique and a lot of activities.
Where: The city centre
 
 
brosellaBrosella Folk & Jazz
When: 12/07 - 13/07
What: Brosella Folk & Jazz, also known as plain Brosella, is a two-day festival, held every year since 1977 at the Théâtre de Verdure, near the Atomium. Relatively well-known folk and jazz groups play in a festive atmosphere, sometimes more centred on beer than music
Where: Théâtre de Verdure
 
Foire du midiMidi Fair
When : 12/07 – 17/08
What : A gigantic annual funfair in the streets around the Midi/Zuid railway station. Traditional fairground attractions and snacks - and the latest dizzying hi-tech rides
Where : Boulevard du Midi - Zuidlaan
 
 
Mini-Europe by NightMini-Europe " By Night "
When: Half July till half August
What: With its 300 detailed models, including Big Ben, Venetian gondolas, bullfights in Seville, and an erupting Vesuvius, Mini-Europe can take you all around Europe in a few hours. Located at the foot of the Atomium, the park is a wonderful place for a family visit, and at night it's truly magical.
Where : Mini-Europe
 
nationaal feestdagBal National
When: 20/07
What: On the eve of Belgium’s national day, a no-frills, good-humoured, open-air ball in the heart of the old town.
Where: Place du Jeu de Balle
 
 
nationaal feestdagFestivities for the National Day
When: 21/07
What: Belgium’s national day is celebrated with a whole range of activities organized by Belgian and European institutions and organizations. The police, the fire brigade, the army, and the Red Cross will all be present to explain their work. Earlier, there is the military parade; the day ends with a fireworks display.
Where: Parc de Bruxelles / Parc royal
 
 
opendeurdag koninklijk paleisOpening of the royal palace
When: 22/07 – 15/09
What: You can only visit the Brussels Royal palace during the summer. Every seat, ceiling and mirror are more decorated than a wedding cake. Of course, it's a palace. The special treat is that Belgian artists were allowed to decorate some of the rooms. The mirror hall by megalomaniac artist Jan Fabre is the biggest attraction: 1.500.000 glowing green dead beetles carefully pinned to a ceiling.
Where: The royal palace
 
bruksel liveBruksellive.
When: 26/07
What: Bruksellive is a free festival organized by the Brussels' youth clubs. Everybody is welcome at Bruksellive, including young families. In the kids village children can have the time of their lives while their parents enjoy a show on one of the tree stages.
Where: Théâtre de Verdure (open air amphitheatre + park)
 

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 (STARTING) IN AUGUST
 
bsfBrussels Summer Festival.
When: 08/08 - 17/08
What: This festival is entering new territories by embracing drama and street theatre but music remains at the core of this popular festival, which features events staged in a variety of venues across the city, from concert halls to trendy urban neighborhoods. 20 euros for 10 evenings, and most of classic museums are included in the price so you won't get bored during daytime!
Where: Different locations in Brussels

 
ClassissimoClassissimo
When : 08/08 – 17/08
What : Classissimo injects a dose of classical music, which it aims to take to a wider audience, into the Brussels Summer Festival.
Where : Théâtre du Parc
 
ClassissimoFlower Carpet
When: 14/08 – 17/08
What: This huge carpet of begonias covers the Grand-Place every two years. The cut flowers are arranged directly on the pavement of the square by specialist horticulturalists from Ghent. The resulting pattern of colours can be viewed from the balcony of the town hall.
Where: La Grand-Place
 
 
Orgue d'aoutL’Orgue d’août
When : 20/08 - 30/08
What : This annual August festival of early music focuses on the organ, but also features singers and instrumental ensembles. The lighting is kind of special.
Where: Eglise Notre-Dame de la Chapelle / O.L.V. Kapellekerk
 
Festival Theatres NomadesFestival Théâtres Nomades
When : 21/08 – 24/08
What: The theatre company ‘La Compagnie des Nouveaux Disparus’ sets up a real nomad village in the royal park. During 4 days, near the big fountain you can enjoy around 50 performances, ranging from street theatre to circus and storytelling. All for free!
Where: Parc royal / Warandepark
 
festival international des BrigitinnesFestival international des Brigittines
When: 22/08 - 06/09
What: Since it began in the 1970s, this contemporary performing arts festival has become one of the highlights of the Brussels arts world. The aim is to showcase contemporary works that are accessible to everybody. The exhibition is held in a baroque chapel that dates from 1652.
Where: Les Brigittines, Contemporary Arts Centre for Movement
 
feeerieenFeeërieën
When: 25/08 - 29/08
What: Welcome to this new sparkling edition of the Feeërieën. As ever, a customized menu for musical connoisseurs & outdoor cocooners. The Royal Park in Brussels will be transformed again into a fairytale forest filled with supernatural music as the audience watches in awed silence. A first-class music programme. Very intimist and rather melancholic atmosphere!
Where: The Royal park of Brussels
 
Fiesta LatinaFiesta Latina
When: 29/08 – 31/08
What: A chance to explore Latino traditions, rhythms, colours, and flavours. Concerts, DJ's ; parties, pavement cafes, mercadillos and more. A lot depends on the Brussels weather, of course.
Where: Avenue Louise
 
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(STARTING) IN SEPTEMBER
 
 
design in septemberDesign September
When: 01/09 - 30/09
What: Throughout the month, Design September presents dozens of events in the city centre, looking at design in the broadest sense – from furniture to household appliances to architecture – via talks, exhibitions, films, discussions, visits, walks, and even flea markets for vintage design.
Where: Different places in Brussels
 
memorialMemorial Van Damme
When: 05/09
What: Each year in late summer, the world's best athletes meet in Brussels for what is quite simply one of the best meetings of the circuit. An event that with each new edition drains his harvest of medals and records.
Where: King Baudouin Stadium
 
Week-end de la biereThe Belgian beer weekend
When: 05/09 – 07/09
What: The Beer Weekend includes ceremonies in the cathedral and the town hall, but it is the "interactive" side of the event that attracts beer-lovers in their thousands to the Grand'Place/Grote Markt, where Belgian breweries of all sizes will have stalls. There will also be a parade of historic brewery carts and beer wagons.
Where : Grand-Place / Grote Markt
 
Fete de la BDComics Festival
When: 05/09 - 07/09
What: Brussels will be invaded by comic strips! Sound and light show and fireworks on the Place Royale Saturday eve, the Balloon's Day Parade on Saturday afternoon, comic strip park on the Place des Palais, visit and special animations at the Belgian Comic Strip centre, Comics guided promenades in the centre of Brussels, animations in the comics book shops, etc etc...
Where: The city centre
Info: www.fetedelabd.be

 
Prix découvertePrix Découverte
When : 05/09- 21/09
What: Every two years the Prix Découverte is awarded to a contemporary Belgian artist, who is given an opportunity to make his or her work known to the public.
Where: Centre d’Art de Rouge Cloître
 
Marni jazz festivalMarni Jazz Festival
When : 11/09 – 20/09
What : This jazz festival - open to all kinds of jazz, with international talent alongside Belgian performers - gets the new concert season off to a flying start.
Where: Théâtre Marni
 
Brussels Desig MarketBrussels Design Market
When : 13/09 – 14/09
What : Founded in 2002, the Brussels Design Market is a sort of flea market devoted to design, for the most part from the 1950s to the early 1980s. A hundred or so exhibitors from all over Europe, as well as professionals and design-lovers, will guarantee an atmospheric occasion.
Where: Tour & Taxis
 
brusselse museumnocturnesBrussels Museum Nocturnes
When: 18/09 - 11/12
What: Spending your evening in a museum certainly makes a change from working up a sweat on a dance floor or going to a concert. Every autumn Thursday a number of Brussels museums stay open late, with guided tours and rare opportunities to talk to curators and see behind the scenes.
Where: Different museums in Brussels
 
Journées du patrimoineHeritage days
When: 20/09 - 21/09
What: This weekend, Brussels is more than ever one big museum. Every year, the Heritage Days focusses on a different aspect of the Brussels urban heritage. A unique opportunity to see inside private houses, businesses, and public institutions that are otherwise rarely accessible.
Where: Different places in Brussels
 
folklorissimoFolklorissimo
When : 20/09 – 21/09
What : This folklore festival will feature battles of the (brass) bands, a ball on the Grand-Place/Grote Markt, a parade of “giants”, a craft market, and a folk village and procession on the Saturday
Where : Grand-Place / Grote Markt
 
Dimanche sans voituresCar-free Sunday
When: 21/09
What: The first one was in France in 1998. On 15/09, from 10 till 6pm we have already the 10th edition of the Car-Free day in Brussels which has become a great success . The centre becomes a giant play garden and everyone celebrates sustainable mobility! That’s true: that day, the kings of the road are rollerbladers, pedestrians, joggers, bikers and so on. Loads of activities and animation on the menu as well!
Where: Everywhere in Brussels
Info: www.dimanchesansvoiture.irisnet.be


 
Bruxelles champetreBrussels Country (Bruxelles champêtre / Landelijk Brussel)
When : 21/09
What : The car-free Sunday is very popular in Brussels and “Brussels Country” is an undeniable high point, bringing the countryside into the heart of the city, with added entertainment, stands, and a variety of activities.
Where : Place des Palais / Paleizenplein
 

 
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(STARTING) IN OCTOBER
 
 
skoda jazzSkoda jazz Festival
When: October - Mid-December
What: Skoda takes over the Audi Jazz Festival! Numerous concerts held in various Belgian cities with jazz, blues, world music, avant-garde and hip hop. This festival will welcome many international stars.
Where: Different places in Brussels
 
nuit blancheFotofever
When: 03/10 – 05/10
What: Fotofever explores contemporary photography and reveals new talents and trends, as well as showing the work of established figures. Some 70 galleries and publishers are represented. Visitors are encouraged to become collectors via a programme that includes a look at a private collection, talks, signing sessions, the presentation of works from the photography museum in Charleroi, and the award of a “fotoprize”.
Where: Tour & Taxis
 
 
nuit blancheNuit Blanche
When: 05/10/2013
What: The perfect occasion to discover "Brussels by night"! With concerts, theatre, exhibitions, guided tours, parties etc. - in all about 150 activities - everywhere around the city, you're in for a true "blank night". All that's left for you to do is compose your own personal route...
Where: Different places in Brussels
 
Brussels Marathon Small Brussels Marathon & Half Marathon
When: 06/10
What: An annual marathon for serious runners as well as those who choose to run for fun, with a group, or for a good cause. For the less fit/energetic, there is the half-size version. All receive plenty of encouragement from the public along the route.
Where: Esplanade du Cinquantenaire
 
 
Brosella guitar fairBrussels Accessible Art Fair
When: 16/10 – 19/10
What: In a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere, the public can buy works of art direct from 50 artists, both up-and-coming and already established, chosen by a professional jury. Includes painting, sculpture, photography, and design.
Where: Steigenberger Grand Hotel
 
 
festival de la libertéLiberty Festival
When: 16/10 – 25/10
What: Framework of communications, protest and artistic creations, the "Festival of Liberties" is the global expression of our permanent action of defense of rights, liberties and values of the universal democracy. As political and cultural event, the festival proposes films, debates and conferences, concerts, theatrical performances and exhibitions to a large public. Symbolically political observatory of the situation of the rights and liberties in the world, the festival is also a place of testimony and convergence of the democratic fights.
Where: Theatre National
 
Brosella guitar fairBrosella Guitar Fair
When: 18/10
What: A major event for guitar-lovers, instrument-makers, and musicians, which attracts visitors from all over Europe.
Where: Brussels Expo
 
 
Brosella guitar fairFilem’on
When: 27/10 – 31/10
What: Filem’on, a Brussels International Children’s Film Festival, takes place during the autumn holidays.
Where: different locations
 
 
 
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(STARTING) IN NOVEMBER
 
festival du film indépendantFIFI – Festival of the Independent Film
When : Beginning of November
What : This Brussels festival hosts independent film-makers from all over the world. A bracing homage to freedom and originality.
Where: CC Jacques Franck
 
pink screen festivalPink Screens.        
When: 06/11 – 15/11
What: Bold and subversive, Pink Screens is the only film festival in Belgium that challenges, in a plural and non-Manichean way, issues about gender and sexualities, with a twist of honesty, humor and curiosity. Pink Screens Film Festival is organized by volunteer association Genres d'à Côté and considers queer theories and themes with a cinephile angle, exploring original and taboo-free cinematography from all over the world.
Where: Cinema Nova
 
ars musicaArs Musica.
When: 14/11 - 30/11
What: Ars Music is one of the ten leading international festivals of contemporary music. Every two years it offers an opportunity to discover what is going on in new music in Belgium, in Europe, and worldwide.
Where: Different places in Brussels and Belgium
 
Nocturnes du sablonNocturnes du Sablon / Nocturnes van de Zavel
When : 27/11 - 30/11
What : You'd have to be a real wet blanket not to get caught up in the festive atmosphere of these end-of-year celebrations. A night-time stroll around the Sablon/Zavel area will certainly get your yuletide juices flowing. Decorated with delicate lights and red carpets and overflowing with champagne, it's a great place to buy presents and get into the holiday mood.
Where : Quartier du Sablon / Zavelwijk
 
winterpretWinter Wonders
When: 28/11 - 04/01/2015
What: The city celebrates the end of the year with a large European Christmas market that spreads through the cobbled streets and squares around Grand Place. The downtown quarters are transformed with fir trees, a Christmas crib, music and special lighting. To add to the festive mood, there will be a Ferris wheel on Place Sainte-Catherine and an ice skating rink on the Marché aux Poissons.
Where: Place Sainte-Catherine, Grand Place, Marché aux Poissons et autour de la Bourse
 
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(STARTING) IN DECEMBER
 
winterpretBrussels Ice Magic
When : 18/12 – 08/02
What : This brand new festival of sculpture in snow and ice will see a number of creative people go to work with saws, drills, cutters, hammers, chisels etc. to create ephemeral works of art - which will have to be preserved at a temperature of - 6°C. Some of the artists polish their works with irons, apparently. A mystery central theme for this exhibition with a difference will be announced just before the event.
Where : TBC
 
 
winterpretBe Film Festival
When: 26/12 – 30/12
What: Once a year, since 2005, Brussels hosts the Be Film Festival and invites some of the leading lights of Belgian cinema. Belgians and tou¬rists alike come to be part of this festive cinematic experience.
Where: BOZAR –CINEMATEK
 
 
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