Belgium Festivals

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Festivals in Belgium

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Affordable Art Fair Brussels

Affordable Art Fair Brussels

The concept is simple, the name says it all really. The Brussels Affordable Art Fair is about making contemporary art available to the masses. Thousands of original paintings, prints, sculpture and photography all under the one roof and all priced between €50 to €6,000. By concentrating on relatively unknown artists not carrying a premium for reputation, the fair — and many others like it around the world — offer up art for prices at the lower end of the spectrum. It's proven to be a popular formula. Not only can you satisfy all your art-viewing and art-buying needs, you can grab a feed at the Fair's restaurant, or a little liquid refreshment at the wine bar. You can educate yourself with some expert advice, or even get your hands dirty at an exciting or workshop designed to help you unleash your creative spirit. Perhaps even take home a masterpiece of your own creation.

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Antwerp Summer Festival

Antwerp Summer Festival

For two and a half months kicking off in in mid-June, all of Antwerp becomes a playground. Entertainment ranges from music and dance to circus and cinema. There's something for everybody. Some events fill early so download a brochure from the Antwerp Summer Festival website and start planning poste-haste.

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Europe Belgium Antwerp Summer Festivals Performing Arts Festivals June
Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

The Belgian Beer Weekend sets up camp in one of Europe's most iconic locations — Brussels' magnificent Grand Place — for three days each September for a massive celebration of the amber nectar. With more than 400 beers on offer there's sure to be something for even the fussiest imbiber. Grab a serving of moules (September marks the start of the season) to go with your beer of choice and take in the surrounds. Beer and mussels in Brussels, does it get any better!

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Europe Belgium Brussels Beer Festivals September
Bruges Ice Sculpture Festival

Bruges Ice Sculpture Festival

Rug up and explore the wonderful world of snow and ice at Bruges annual Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival. Each year from the end of November to mid-January, the icy exhibition chooses a different theme and creates a winter wonderland around it. Shiver with delight as you take in works created by dozens of sculptors from around the world who have transformed hundreds of tons of ice into a cast of fantasy characters. Head to the ice palace bar, where you can grab a glass of something, on the rocks.

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Europe Belgium Bruges Winter Festivals Christmas November
Brussels Beach (Bruxelles les Bains)

Brussels Beach (Bruxelles les Bains)

A beach in Brussels? If you can't take the city to the sea why not take the sea to the city, well, the sand at any rate? During the month long Brussels Beach festival (Bruxelles les Bains), 3,000 tons of the stuff from the North Sea is transported to the European capital. The result, a one kilometre stretch of beach along the Brussels channel at the level of Place Sainctelette. It's a great summer meeting point with tons of entertainment on offer, from street entertainment to beach sports to concerts. So grab a deck chair, an ice cold drink and settle in at Brussels Beach. Don't forget the sunscreen.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Summer Festivals July
Brussels Jazz Marathon

Brussels Jazz Marathon

The Brussels Jazz Marathon takes place in every corner of the beguiling Belgian capital over three days in May. It's the perfect opportunity for the thousands of tourists to indulge in some of the sweetest tunes around in one of Europe's most exciting city centres. Stages at the Grand Place (Grote Markt), the Sablon Square (Sablon, Zavel), the St-Katelijne Square, the Fernand Cocq Square and the Luxembourg Square takes jazz to the streets whilst a number of Brussels clubs and bars will offer a feast of jazz, latino, funk, rock and blues well into the night.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Jazz Festivals May
Brussels Nuit Blanche

Brussels Nuit Blanche

Fancy pulling an all-nighter in Brussels? Then Nuit Blanche may be right up your alley. From 7pm through to 7am on a Saturday night in October, the Belgian capital comes to life in a sea of cultural light as the city itself turns into a de-facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance and performance art) and themed social gatherings. Each year a different theme is selected. Every year audience participation is promoted.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Art Festivals Performing Arts Festivals October
Brussels Summer Festival

Brussels Summer Festival

Widely recognised as Belgium's premier summer cultural event, the Brussels Summer Festival mixes an eclectic music programme, with museum exhibitions, street theatre and more. Set predominantly on stages in the magnificent Royal Quarter (Place des Palais, Place du Musée and Parc Royal), over ten days visitors can expect everything from jazz, folk and world music, through to rock, pop, electro and hip-hop. Brussels museums get in on the act with a range of exhibitions tied in with the festival programme. There's great value for money to be had especially when buying tickets for the full ten days.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Rock Festivals Popular Music Festivals August
Christmas Beer Festival

Christmas Beer Festival

It's Christmas and according to local sources, 'tis the season to be jolly. If you happen to find yourself in Essen in Belgium you can add to the merriment of the season at the annual Christmas Beer Festival. For two days each December, the Christmas Beer Festival serves up a seasonal selection of 170 Belgian Christmas and winter beers (and a little local gluhkriek to boot) to more than 3,000 annual visitors. Coming from out of town? Grab the shuttle bus from the Essen Railway Station straight to the festival venue.

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Europe Belgium Essen Christmas Beer Festivals December
Dour Festival

Dour Festival

They year, 1989; five up-and-coming French-speaking bands play to 2,000 attendees from the one stage at the inaugural, Dour Festival. Today the four day event is a comparative monster, spanning six stages, featuring 200 bands and DJs and attracting in the region of 150,000 festival-goers. It's a European biggie and Dour by name only. Renowned for its around the clock revellry, Dour caters to the tastes of a wide range of music lovers. Genres include electro, rock, drum and bass, pop, R 'n' B, reggae, house, punk, hardcore, metal, hip-hop, indie and techno.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Indie Rock Festivals July
Gent Jazz Festival

Gent Jazz Festival

Lovers of jazz congregate in the beautiful Flemish city of Gent each July for a series of concerts and events featuring a range of local talent and international acts. Originally known as the Blue Note Festival, the event has been entertaining locals and visitors alike since 2002 and has quickly grown to become Belgium's premier jazz festival.

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Europe Belgium Gent Jazz Festivals July
MAfestival Bruges

MAfestival Bruges

Founded in 1963, MAfestival Bruges is today one of the world's most renowned early music events. Besides a ten-day calendar marked by performances from some of the world's most exciting performers, MAfestival Bruges also features a series of lectures and classes highlighting the genre, a competition for young musicians and an exposition that focuses on historical instruments made to historical specifications.

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Europe Belgium Bruges Classical Music and Opera Festivals August
Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland

Belgium's behemoth of dance — Tomorrowland — thunders into the appropriately named city of Boom over a weekend each July. What can revellers expect? How about 15 stages featuring a formidable lineup of world-class DJs, producers and artists, cutting edge, kick ass sets that test the boundaries of even the most fertile imaginations and a sound system that could smash your face in. Don the day-glow, gather your mates and get ready to dance, hydrate, repeat.

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Europe Belgium Boom Electronic Dance Music Festivals July
Winter Wonders

Winter Wonders

Brussels bursts at the seams with Christmas cheer each year at their annual Winter Wonders festival. Along its two kilometre course, visitors are greeted by a series of wonderfully lit shops, chalets, attractions, activities and outdoor eating and drinking areas. You can take to the ice-skating rink or the ferris wheel or perhaps Andréa's magnificent merry go-rounds are more your style. Check the website before attending as a full calendar of Christmas events forms part of the Winter Wonders programme.

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