Arty walk from Flagey to Villa Empain
The festive season is upon us, bringing with it the annual quest for the perfect gift. What if, this year, you treat someone to a little taste of Brussels culture? What if we could spoil our loved ones with a theatre subscription, an art book or a designer object, while and support the cultural sector in Brussels?
The last few months have shown us that culture is, more than ever, essential to our lives: how can we survive lockdowns without a selection of films, a pile of good books and a healthy dose of online concerts? After having given so much, the entire cultural sector in Brussels, seriously hit by the crisis, needs our support. Take a look at our selection of stylish and solidary gifts!
For museum lovers
Does your aunt always chat to you about the latest exhibitions at your family dinners? Here are some ideas to feed her passion for the arts. The perfect place to start is with the Museum Pass. It represents more than 180 museums in Brussels alone and many more throughout Belgium. From contemporary art to archaeology and comic books to heritage, it opens the doors to countless surprises. As eclectic as it is demanding, BOZAR is one of the most exciting cultural venues in the capital. From as little as €15 euros, the BOZAR Gift Card gives you access to the palace's collections and its varied programme (exhibitions, concerts, films, etc.).
Does Christmas draw you towards ultra-desirable objects, designer discoveries and original or sometimes even quirky gifts? Whether you're searching for posters signed by local artists, caps or colourful pins, the Mima’s online shop is full of little gems, as is the WIELS shop, with its beautiful range of exhibition catalogues. The selection from the Villa Empain – Boghossian Foundation shop and the Atomium shop are also just a click away if you're looking to bag yourself some trendy objects. For its part, the Art et marges museum has concocted a series of original Culture Kits for young and old. Among them, a scholarly kit filled with exhibition catalogues, a kit for kids and even...a kinky kit!
For theatre fanatics
Are you and your loved ones aching to return to the theatre and opera? While you wait for them to reopen, the websites of Brussels' theatres are full of gift vouchers bursting with little delights. Take a look at the offers of Le Théâtre de Poche, the National Theatre, La Monnaie, the Kaaitheater and the KVS. It's a wonderful way to keep your spirits up while you wait patiently to return to the theatre!
Do you have people in your entourage who love great music and new experiences? Some of Brussels' most legendary concert halls also offer gift vouchers. Ancienne Belgique, Botanique and Muziekpublique are but a few. Bag yourself a practical and eco-responsible gift that promises the recipient an experience to remember!
For cinema addicts
As the days get shorter, our desire to roll up in a blanket in front of a good film is only getting stronger! For all you cinema fanatics, various Belgian platforms offer something for you to enjoy all year round, from the latest releases to remastered classics and more exclusive, lesser-known works.
Sooner, a platform of Belgian film distributors is a genuine alternative to theatrical release. It has a catalogue of almost 7,000 films. Major Brussels institutions, such as Cinématek, have joined this video on demand platform.
In cooperation with cinema managers and distributors, Ciné chez Vous offers films that should normally have been shown in cinemas, or have recently been shown in Belgium. It's a clever way to keep watching films and support your local cinemas.
Belgian film distributor Avila, is offering a fine selection of Belgian films (and others too) and has compiled a limited, but highly specialised catalogue with many “films d'auteurs”. Last but not least, Streamz is a great platform for Dutch-language films and series and has a rich catalogue of Belgian productions.