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Voting in Brussels ? Europe.Brussels tells you how.
Voting in the European elections? You can choose whether you vote in Brussels or in your home country. Europe.Brussels tells you how to vote in Brussels.
Enrolling to vote in Brussels is very simple: you download the enrolment form, fill it in and send it by mail to your local authority. Done. Just one condition: it has to be in by 28 February. You will find a summary at Prezi.com and a page full of information at www.blbe.be, and you can also download a handy local authority checklist that tells you exactly how to enrol borough by borough.
It’s all on the Europe.Brussels website.
Building work in Brussels: request planning permission!
Are you considering works in your house or garden? Check carefully whether you need planning permission. Many of the rules are in the Code Bruxellois de l’Aménagement du Territoire (COBAT).
Our welcome desk will explain.
- Building and siting a fixed installation on your land. E.g. a swimming pool, fence or advertising panel.
- Changes of use inside a property.
- Changing the number of dwellings in a building. E.g. dividing a house into three housing units.
- Changing the use of a property. E.g. changing a house into offices.
Learn about Brussels… in figures!
Do you really know Brussels? Here’s a tip: read the new MiniBru, a 30-page guide with all the essential figures on the Brussels-Capital Region.
In the new 2014 edition you will read, for example, that in 2020 the Belgian capital will have 1,270,862 inhabitants and that currently 381,771 of them are foreign nationals. Or else that in 2012 each Brussels household spent an average of €29,295, that there are 16 chemists for each 10,000 inhabitants and that the average price for an ordinary house is €353,959.
Find hundreds of figures in the free MiniBru, also online, in Dutch, French and English!
Wanted: living room + garden/patio for concert
Do you like music and receiving guests and live in Etterbeek? If so, you may want to take part in (S)ALLONS CHEZ the Neighbours. The perfect opportunity to get to know people in your neighbourhood!
This is the concept: you make your living room available for a concert and welcome friends, neighbours, colleagues and other Etterbeek people. Afterwards everyone enjoys a snack and a drink in the garden or on the patio. (S)ALLONS CHEZ the Neighbours was initiated by the Maalbeek Community Centre. They provide the performers and financial and practical support.
The concerts will be on from 11 am to 6 pm on 1 June. Interested? Contact Gemeenschapscentrum Maalbeek before 10 March.
(S)ALLONS CHEZ the Neighbours, 1 June 2014. Read more.
Focus on Greece@Bozar
Greece, with all its richness and diversity: during Greece’s presidency of the EU , Bozar is offering a surprising look at Hellas in a varied programme of concerts, films, plays and exhibitions until 27 April.
Here’s a selection from the programme: the exhibition Nautilus. Navigating Greece, tells the story of the Greek love of the Mediterranean, with countless artefacts and works from more than 30 Greek museums. In No country for young men, 25 Greek artists show the impact of the economic crisis on their country. Lastly, BOZAR CINEMA will be showing eight recent Greek films in New Greek Cinema.
Free tickets: Europe.Brussels is giving away three double tickets for the exhibition Nautilus. Navigating Greece. Take part in the competition.
At Bozar until 27 April. Read more.
Guillaume Tell in concert @ La Monnaie
From 3 to 11 March the freedom fighter Guillaume Tell will be paying a call at La Monnaie in Rossini’s opera of that name (concert version), the very last but not the least spectacular opera by the great master of opera buffa, and at the same time a grand opera in which Rossini took a new direction.
This huge-scale 1829 work has an enormous cast of soloists, a large chorus, lasts almost four hours with its four acts and in the complete version had an orchestra with music onstage and a corps de ballet. This opera – musically permeated with dazzling romanticism – tells the story of the Swiss cantons’ struggle for freedom under the leadership of the legendary Guillaume Tell.
The musical director is Evelino Pidò, who will undoubtedly turn the full, original French version into an exuberant display of vocal fireworks.
Free tickets: Europe.Brussels is giving away five double tickets for the performance on 5 March. Send us your answers! Take part in the competition.
On 2, 5, 9 & 11 March at La Monnaie. Read more.
Klara Festival: an ode to Belgian music!
This year, the Klara Festival, an international music festival in Brussels, presents an ode to the Belgian music world and all its talents. The festival introduces Belgian musicians involved in countless international projects.
The Klara Festival is this year celebrating its tenth anniversary with three special creations and several premieres as the icing on the cake. One of these premieres is a version of Schubert’s Winterreise that sheds new light on this timeless masterpiece, performed by three artists of international allure.
Free tickets: Europe.Brussels is giving away five double tickets for the performance of Winterreise on 22 March. Take part in the competition.
Klara Festival, 15 to 29 March, at various venues in Brussels, and Winterreise at BOZAR, at 8 pm on 22 March. Read more.
Molenbeek, Métropole Culture
The dynamism of Molenbeek, that is what you will be able to discover in the course of a year in Molenbeek, Métropole Culture. Participation by the inhabitants is at the heart of this metropolitan culture project. It’s a matter of encounters, gatherings and also ‘building bridges’. But between whom? Between the people of Molenbeek, but also with local clubs and companies. All these activities will be taking place near the canal or at other unexpected venues.
Molenbeek, Métropole Culture is an initiative by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Cocof, which awarded its prize to this Brussels borough.
Throughout the year 2014 in Molenbeek. Read more.
Politricks: talking about politics… by way of culture!
Politricks, the Beursschouwburg’s new thematic programme, is starting up a discussion on… politics, authority, and the manipulation of the media, and will examine the power of images, as projected in plays, films, debates, performances or paintings.
‘What does the future hold for Brussels?’ The Beursschouwburg has invited the artists involved to adopt a critical position for Politricks. The programme is about power, propaganda, populism and patriotism.
Until 29 March at the Beursschouwburg. Read more.
Kids and Kidsgazette: spring half-term holiday
From 1 to 9 March, when spring is in the air, children reign supreme in Brussels’ museums. Entertainment, treasure hunts, fun guided tours, stories, etc. The Charlier Museum will kick off on 1 March with a party. Enrol before 26 February!
The paleoLAB is a part of the Museum of Natural Science is open to children from 5 to 12 years old during school holidays. They will discover all sorts of things there, try them out, touch them, and briefly see what it’s like to be a geologist, palaeontologist or anthropologist. At 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30 pm on 1, 2, 4 & 5 March.
Or else, with the whole family, go in search of the chain of the Golden Fleece in the subterranean remains of the former palace of Brussels. Charles V is looking for children between 5 and 8 years old who can help him find the password that will open the treasure chest. Every day. Booking necessary.
Find each week’s suggestions for activities with children in the Kidsgazettes Facebook page.
Bicentenary of Sax(ophone): exhibition at the MIM
He was best known for the saxophone, but Adolphe Sax – a Belgian born 200 years ago – had other, lesser-known talents, as becomes apparent in the Sax200 Years exhibition. He also created the saxhorn, saxotromba and even several medical instruments.
Sax200 is on the fourth floor of the Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) and comprises four main themes: ‘Sax the inventor’, ‘Sax the entrepreneur’, ‘The intimate Sax’ and ‘Sax after Sax’.
You will see there the MIM’s own collection of instruments, which is the most extensive ensemble of Sax instruments in the world, in addition to exceptional items from other museums and private collections all over the world. Some of them have never been exhibited before.
Until 11 January 2015, Musical Instruments Museum. Read more.
UK! Rock & History! @ ‘La Foire du livre de Bruxelles’
Literature in the United Kingdom is the main topic of this year’s ‘Foire du livre de Bruxelles’. The theme is ‘History with a capital H’ on the occasion of the centenary of the Great War.
‘UK! Rock and History!’ – in the international pavilion at the fair – presents a literary café and an extensive range of books in English. The fair has also invited about twenty writers from the United Kingdom, including Jonathan Coe, Derek Blyth and Stephen Clarke.
The programme also includes an exhibition of moving posters on the theme of ‘War(s) and Peace’, a dining hall, a strip-cartoon city or a digital corner, as well as the usual debates, sessions with your favourite writers and the award of literary prizes.
From 20 to 24 February, Tour & Taxis. Read more.