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What's On This Month In Brussels | June 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Even if the weather might not always agree, there are numerous special cultural events and activities to remind us that it’s, indeed, summertime in the capital! Grab a refreshing drink at one of the Brussels’ best rooftop terraces, enjoy the sounds wafting through the air at an outdoor concert, or catch a film screening under the night sky – the possibilities are endless as we gear up for an incredible summer in Brussels!


Mas-sacre | © Silvano Magnone/Courtesy of D-Festival/ Grand Place | Hernán Piñera/Flickr/ Mas-sacre | © Silvano Magnone/Courtesy of D-Festival/ The Coudenberg Palace | WikiCommons

MUSIC | Envision The Future At Volta (B)XL

Fri 3rd June 2016

Poetry, music, illustrations and photography are but a few of the artistic mediums used at the Volta (B)XL Night of the Future.

DESIGN | Check Out The Latest Fashion Trends At La Cambre Mode[s]

Fri 3rd – Sat 4th June 2016

Have a look at the possible future of Belgian clothing and the original creations of Brussels’ brightest designers.

MUSIC | Watch A Performance At The D Festival

Tues 31st May – Sat 11th June 2016

An ongoing contemporary arts event, D Festival 6 touches upon the modern questions of today’s society, among which includes pondering the pace of life, creative processes and modern consumption through performance art.

MUSIC | Sing Out Loud At The Singing Brussels Exploration Weekend

Sat 4th – Sun 5th June 2016

This event is part of Singing Brussels – a project to get the whole city singing.

HISTORY | Celebrate Family Day At The Coudenberg Castle

Sun 5th June 2016

This Sunday, visitors can travel back to the Renaissance by visiting the remains of the Coudenberg Castle.


Diango Hernández, A view form my window, 2016 Oil, wood and glass 120 x 234 cm
Diango Hernández, A view form my window, 2016 Oil, wood and glass 120 x 234 cm | Produced by CAB/José Yaqu, Interior with Hurricane, 2016, Installation, Variable materials and dimensions | Courtesy of CAB/ Rooftop 58 view | Courtesy of Rooftop 58/ Lecomte - Cultures World Art Festival | Courtesy of Agence Observatoire

ART | Explore 100 Incredible Masterpieces In Brussels

Wed 18th May – Sat 27th August

Ever wondered what treasures can be found within the city? For 100 days, the Brussels Museum Council and Brussels Museums delivers a special tour of Brussels’ permanent collection.

MUSIC | Discover A Multicultural Festival

Sun 5th – Thur 9th June 2016

The 25th edition of the International Folk Festival commences in Brussels with a full agenda of dance and musical performances.

ART | Visit The Transhumance Exhibition At The CAB

Ongoing exhibition

Contemporary Art Brussels (CAB) studies the meaning of home and identities and how art prevails all through its latest exhibition Transhumance.

FOOD | Enjoy Lunch Or Apéro In Brussels’ Suspended Gardens

From June – September 2016

Inspired by the mythical hanging gardens of Babylon, Rooftop 58 brings terrace lounging to a new level, literally.

ART | Visit The Cultures World Arts Fair

Wed 8th – Sun 12th June 2016

Held in the Sablon district is a unique art festival dedicated to displaying and exploring the best Oriental, ancient and non-European artwork.


Brussels Film Festival
Brussels Film Festival | Courtes of BFF/ Brussels Sunset | Brussels Sunset | Delwin Steven Campbell/Flickr/Jazz | © Google Images/ Out Loud! | © Morgane Delfosse, Courtesy of the Beursschouwburg

FILM | Enjoy European Cinema Under The Night Sky At Brussels Film Festival

Fri 17th – Fri 24th June 2016

As tradition dictates, the capital is planning on closing out its spring palooza of film festivals with a bang.

EVENT | Explore Brussels On Wheels At The Roller Bike Parade

Sun 12th – Sun 19th June 2016

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to dig out those rollerblades from whatever cupboard or garage they’ve been gathering dust in and get that butt off the couch.

MUSIC & FILM | Enjoy The Soundtrack Of Summer At Rooftop Festival Out Loud!

Wed 8th June – Sun 10th July 2016

Afternoon picnics, drinks at the adjacent bar, music film screenings and live concerts will be filling the Brussels sky with music and laughter during the eighth edition of Out Loud!

MUSIC| Soak Up Jazzy Vibes At Jazz Jette

Sun 19th June 2016

Come June, over 60 musicians will fill the streets and 12 bars with their soulful tunes.

MUSIC | Enjoy A Midsummer Night Music Festival

Fri 17th – Tues 21st June 2016

Originally a French idea, the Fête de la Musique has become a worldwide concept with celebrations taking place in Brussels over the course of four days.


Artists #withRefugees
Artists #withRefugees | Courtesy of AB/Mexicans arrested while trying to cross the border to united states san ysidro california-1979| Legend © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos/ Sweeney Todd | Courtesy of La Monnaie/ Gordon Matta-Clark Splitting: Exterior, 1974 Silver Gelatine Print (from a series of 4) 47,6 x 75,25 cm © SABAM, 2015 / The SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna Courtesy Jane Crawford

MUSIC | Support Artists #withRefugees

Mon 20th June 2016

In honor of World Refugee Day, BOZAR, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, and Ancienne Belgique come together to support the campaign, Artists #withRefugees.

THEATRE | Enjoy A Musical Performance Of Sweeney Todd

Tues 14th – Thurs 30th June 2016

La Monnaie’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd will take the audience for a ride through a thematic journey of drama and revenge.

ART | Admire The Brilliant Work Of Photographer Alex Webb

Wed 22nd June – Sun 7th August 2016

Those looking to enjoy more than just a concert at Botanique can check out The Suffering Of Light by Alex Webb.

FOOD | Treat Your Belly To ‘Frunch’ At A Pop-Up Terrace

April – September 2016

Beach chairs, a live DJ set, a bar and three food trucks serving up delicious platters of original dishes – meet Frunch.

ART | Get Lost In The Photographs Of Open Spaces | Secret Places

Fri 17th June – Sun 4th September 2016

Leading in Brussels’ upcoming international photography biennial is Open Spaces | Secret Places at BOZAR.


BCSC | Courtesy of BCSC/ Fernand Léger, Builders (builders with aloe), 1951, oil on canvas, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow/ Courtesy of BOZAR/ Ossip Zadkine, Destroyed City, 1947, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels/ Courtesy of BOZAR/ Ralph's Diner- Ralph Goings/WikiCommons

ART | Discover Storyboards By Illustrator Etienne Davodeau

Tues 14th June – Sun 27th November 2016

Those interested in learning more about the comic illustrator behind Chute de vélo (Fall from a Bike) and Les mauvaises gens can check out the Belgian Comic Strip Museum’s latest exhibition featuring Etienne Davodeau, regarded as a pioneer of the graphic novel and other illustrations. This exhibition showcases Davodeau’s storyboards from some of his most important works.

ART | Explore The Story Of Art In Europe At BOZAR

Fri 24th June – Wed 25th September 2016

This exhibition promises to give a comprehensive look at the artistic styles that flourished not just in the West but also behind the Iron Curtain.

MUSIC | Celebrate The Summer At Alternative Art Hub Recyclart

Thur 30th June – Fri 5th August

Because just one concert festival is never enough, the Recyclart Holidays should also be on your top to-do list this summer. Housed in a former train station stop, Recyclart is the perfect ambiance for an urban outdoor festival paired with DJ sets, exhibitions and films presented throughout the summer on Thursday and Friday evenings.

ART | Appreciate The American Photorealism At The Museum Of Ixelles

Wed 29th June – Sun 25th September 2016

The Museum of Ixelles welcomes a collection of work by a generation of photorealists that gained prominence in the mid-20th century.

SCIENCE | Discover The WOW Exhibit At The Natural History Museum

Ongoing exhibition

Individuals can witness fantastic creatures leap in the air to escape harm or dive to catch their prey through the temporary exhibition WOW (Wonders of Wildlife), now ongoing at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels.