Strolling through the centre of Brussels
Every year, the visit.brussels Awards celebrate the cultural and tourist initiatives that have proved a hit in the capital. Among the nine winners this year, four cultural operators were rewarded for their dynamism, sustainability and inventiveness. From nightlife to public initiatives, and including a major exhibition, this winning streak reflects Brussels' eclecticism and creativity.
And it gives us the chance to take you to discover these four places, events and cultural concepts that marked the year. Let's head off on a little tour of the cultural hotspots of the moment...and congratulations to the winners!
In the “Evening Experience 2019” category
Les Nuits sonores & European Lab
In 2019, for the third year in a row, Les Nuits Sonores (co-produced by Bozar and the non-profit Arty Farty Brussels) shook up the nightlife of Brussels. Innovative and urban, this festival throws the spotlight on new talent thanks to an edgy programme that doesn’t shy away from controversy. No fewer than five venues, including Bozar, Kanal and Be-Here, and 30 artists spread the vibe through the capital. This year’s event was backed by an exceptional artist: the iconic Laurent Garnier, whose closing party remains etched in our memories.
in the “Most Noted Exhibition 2019” category
The world of Bruegel in Black and White
Everyone thinks of Bruegel as an internationally renowned painter, but few are familiar with his less well-known prints, which are equally impressive works. “The World of Bruegel in Black and White” offered a unique experience by unveiling a world first: the complete collection of the Flemish master’s prints owned by the KBR. It was a perfect opportunity to admire the original prints created by the master himself in an exceptional architectural setting: the Palace of Charles of Lorraine, an 18th-century architectural treasure.find out about the KBR's programme in on agenda.brussels
In the “New Event & Touristic Location 2019” category
Recyclart is a multidisciplinary structure that artfully mixes its cultural programme with the social and solidarity-based economy. After it left Brussels-Chapelle station in 2018, the Brussels-Capital Region offered to host the art centre and its workshops in a former printing works on the banks of the Molenbeek Canal. In 2019, the organisation built an industrial-style function hall and bar in record time, as well as a vegetarian restaurant in addition to its offices. Intent on “creating links", Recyclart 2.0 achieves an inimitable atmosphere that draws locals in their droves.find out about the Recyclart 2.0 programme on agenda.brussels
in the “Public Initiative 2019” category
See U (with the support of SAU-msi.brussels)
Since the spring of 2019, more than 100 cultural entrepreneurs have temporarily taken over the site of the Ixelles barracks, now known as See U, giving it a whole new lease of life. The projects developed at the site by associations and economic, cultural and educational organisations are designed to explore what a social and sustainable future might actually look like. The venue has even become a trendy place to meet up to watch a film or attend a local craft market or concert.find out about SEE U's programme on agenda.brussels