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The Bulletin on Bruzz: 12 May

19:46 12/05/2019
Listen back to the reports and interviews from The Bulletin's Sunday lunchtime show on 98.8FM in Brussels

Abstract Art Museum

A new Belgian Museum of Abstract art will open right next to the René Magritte Museum in Jette, after a successful crowdfunding campaign. The project has been in the works for around two years and will be the first of its kind. It is aimed to open in June. The museum is being built right next to the René Magritte Museum, and will exhibit more than 200 pieces. Fanny Pacquet, creative assistant at the museum, explains more.

Tivoli

Tivoli, a new neighborhood in Laeken opened with a big party including a visit by King Philippe, marching bands, dancers on stilts, a light show, a fire show, numerous activities and even an ambulating camel creature. Brussels alderwoman Ans Persoons was there and she explains what makes the new neighbourhood special.

Making friends in Brussels

In the last 12 years, Selma Franssen has bounced between the Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland and Belgium, and with every expatriate experience she’s had to build a new friend circle from scratch.Friends made her feel at home in all those places, and they outlasted all her romantic partners. But Franssen, a Dutch journalist and Brussels-based expat, often felt that her friendships weren’t seen as the deep, legitimate relationships that they were by people around her. Franssen’s new book, “Vriendschap in tijden van eenzaamheid” (Friendship in Time of Loneliness), is a six-chapter, carefully constructed argument to start taking friendships as seriously as we do romantic relationships.

Written by Richard Harris, Sophia Moll, Linda A. Thompson, Paul McNally