Indulge Yourself With a Massage
Get pampered in a 40 minute massage for 10 euros only. In Brussels, you’re wondering? Yes, it’s possible at La Tricoterie, a restaurant/bar/cultural forum. Housed in an old factory in St. Gilles, the industrial décor is well present in this link factory. Spacious and luminous, the building has three storeys and a large terrace where they grow fresh herbs to season the food. The concept is not new but it’s promising: from Sunday brunch with the family, to late hour parties, there are also workshops, conversation tables, yoga, swing dancing and massages.
Shake It Off At The Electronic Arts Festival
Now in its 4th year, Bozar presents us with three whole days of eclectic artists, installations, performances, workshops, screenings, conferences and, of course, electronic music. Enjoy the very best of our contemporary digital culture here. The cinematic highlight is Micro Events by Tom Kok and Britt Hatzius, while the festival’s central showpiece is a huge installation of 64 ventilators by Swiss artist Zimoun. On the music side, there is great anticipation for Apparat: the Berlin collective will grace us with its organic sound show, which will be taking up the main auditorium – Henry le Boeuf Hall – on Saturday night, 8-10th October.
The Europalia Arts Festival
45 years since it was established, and its 25th festival: 2015 means double celebration for Europalia. Held every two years to celebrate the cultural heritage of a specific country, 2015 focuses on Turkey. The gateway to Europe, frontier with Asia, Turkey is the personification of the melting pot. Also, being a candidate for EU accession, it is all the more important to get acquainted with the cultural diversity of the country. Charismatic Istanbul takes center stage at an exhibition that gathers most significant 20th century Turkish photography. Dance, theater, literature, music, and even gastronomy, all forms of art come together from October 6th.
Discover Brussels by Night
150 activities, ten hours, from dusk to dawn: La Nuit Blanche is quite the event. For one night only, this is a unique opportunity to experience the city center in an entirely new way. The location can be anywhere: schools, car parks, fountains, churches, central or hidden squares will become alive with installations, performances, multimedia projections, concerts, theater displays, guided tours. Filling the streets with contemporary art since 2003, this year’s theme will be La Renaissance and is expected to bring together 100,000 night explorers. Several food trucks have also been invited to provide the necessary fuel throughout the night. Rally point at Vismet (St. Catherine) from 7pm on Saturday, 3rd October.
Become a zombie
Or Cinderella! The choice is up to you, after all, every costume is allowed for Halloween night. More and more popular each year, Halloween night has also become a European tradition. This Halloween, head to the Musée d`Art Fantastique, which offers a Nocturne Halloween Night. The agenda contains fireworks, animation for children, riddles and prizes for those who can solve them. There will also be a Zombie bar, promising some original drinks for the night. Apart from the museum admission price, all activities will be for free.
Musée d`Art Fantastique, Rue Américaine 7, Brussels Belgium, +32 475 412 918
Take a stroll in Fôret des Soignes
Whether you go biking, horse riding, running or simply photo hunting, this is the perfect place to get lost and enjoy the colours this fall. With nearly five hectares, the forest spreads from Bois de la Cambre until the Flemish and Wallonian regions. Populated mostly with oaks and beech trees, some of them are more than 200 years old. Check out the Fôret des Soignes website for organized walks, exhibitions and events.
Indie mode as Autumn Falls
Celebrating its 5th anniversary, this toddler means business. Autumn Falls means almost two months of eclectic concerts in 20 venues, with Botanique and AB hosting most of them. Well-known names will line up together with new upcoming sounds: Beach House, Jose Gonzalez, Girl Band, Fist City, Kurt Vile and many more. Combitickets, that allowed access to all the concerts of the program for merely 60 euros are, sadly, already sold out. So hurry up checking the program and saving yourself a seat. Full agenda here.
Discover The Brussels Fashion Days
Welcome to the biggest fashion event in Belgium. The 4th edition will take place in the very center of Brussels, at The Square Brussels Meeting Center, in Mont des Arts. This edgy venue is the perfect spot to host both the renowned and upcoming talents of Belgium’s fashion industry. Over the two days from 16th to 18th October, there will be four fashion catwalk shows, a fashion pop-up store, food and drinks with Libertine Supersport providing the soundtrack to this entire scenario.
Express your point of view at Festival des Libértes
Freedom is the motto of this multidisciplinary festival. Here the rights, values and challenges of democracy get center stage. Openly political and subversive, Liberty Festival aims at promoting social awareness, debating the current status of our rights, responsibilities and individual freedoms. Debates, conferences, testimonies, theatrical performances, exhibitions, concerts, there will be a lot to see and do between the 22nd and 31st October. Get revolutionary while enjoying the top notch cultural scene.
Tattoos, Body Piercing and Burlesque Shows
Ever planned to get that tattoo you always wanted but never quite had the opportunity to do so? No more excuses at the International Brussels Tattoo Convention. More than 300 international tattoo artists will come to Brussels for a full weekend of urban ink. If needles aren’t really your thing you can still enjoy from live bands, burlesque shows, bikini oil wrestling, art expositions and auctions. Also, if you’re a nostalgic at heart, come check some vintage out at the Rockabilly Market, its roller girls and custom cars and bikes, from the 13th to 15th November 2015
By Sara Gonçalves