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The Bulletin on Bruzz: 21 October

11:45 21/10/2018
Listen back to the reports and interviews from The Bulletin's Sunday lunchtime programme on 98.8FM in Brussels

The Great Gatsby

An era of prohibition, flappers and jazz, the roaring twenties in America were iconically described by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby; a story of love, loss and tragedy. The story is entwined with complex characters and romanticized descriptions of lavish parties. Anyone who has read the book, probably dreamt of an invite to Jay Gatsby’s mansion for a night of drinks and dancing. A London theatre troupe is looking to make this dream a reality. The Immersive Ensemble is a collection of performers and playwrights changing the way stories are told and experienced. The Great Gatsby is their third produced show and will premier in Brussels on 19 March 2019. Each week the show will switch between French, Dutch and English. The London cast will travel to Brussels to perform the show in English, but the French and Flemish shows will be cast locally. One of the producers for the Belgium show, Peter Monbailleu, explains more.

Alex Joseph, Rouge Tomate

One of the great features of the Eat! Brussels Drink! Bordeaux annual festival is that you can sample the food prepared by some of the best and most innovative chefs in Brussels for a small fee. This means that you can decide if you like a particular restaurant’s food without having to spend a lot of money. You can then confidently book a meal based on the tastes you had. Rouge Tomate is one of the restaurants that was featured this year. Located on the Avenue Louise in a beautifully restored late 19th century townhouse which boasts the extra feature of having a grove of century old beech trees as garden. Executive Chef Alex Joseph, a California native talks about the restaurant, his philosophy of cooking, and Brussels. 

Anderlecht aquaponics farm

Brussels is now home to the largest (4,000m²) aquaponics farm in the world. Located on the roof of the Foodmet, the latest food hall to be built at the Anderlecht Abattoir and part of the new master plan for the site.  Specialising in the circular economy, Architect Steven Beckers is the founder of Building Integrated Greenhouses (BIGH) which has built this farm. He tells us about the project in which raising fish is combined with growing vegetables. 

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Written by Hannah Rodriguez, Richard Harris, Paul McNally