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(Closed): Free tour of Molenbeek and the Mima museum with Brussels Greeters
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New date: Explore the Brussels municipality of Molenbeek and its canalside museum Mima, thanks to the latest Visit.brussels Greeters free tour on Sunday 1 September. The two-hour tour (from 14.30 to 16.30) will be followed by a visit of the interactive and playful exhibition Dream Box.
Molenbeek is a maligned area in the north of the city that attracted international attention following the terror attacks in Brussels. A recent article in The Bulletin, portrayed life in the commune from the point of view of locals who live and work there.
They showed how the area is now grabbing headlines for its increasingly edgy vibe and community spirit. From buzzing arts, industrial heritage and multicultural food, it’s now high time to visit the scene in Molenbeek. As well as the Mima, the canal area is home to buzzing new projects such as the Kanal - Centre Pompidou and the social scheme Atelier Groot Eiland, with its Bel Mundo restaurant serving organic and local produce.
When The Bulletin surveyed readers on living in the commune in 2018, we found that it was slowly becoming popular for its waterside warehouses converted into trendy apartments, with various cool cafes and hangouts springing up around them.
About the free tour
Discover the canalside and other interesting sites in Molenbeek during a two-hour tour in the company of a local resident, who is a volunteer of the Brussels Greeter scheme.
Since 2010, the Brussels branch of the Global Greeter Network has grown to more than 100 greeters who take visitors on tailored tours of their favourite parts of the city to help them sample everyday Brussels.
The Dream Box exhibition
Opened in 2016, the Mima (Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art) is housed in the former Belle Vue breweries, overlooking the canal. It’s a cutting-edge temple to urban art, dedicated to culture 2.0, ranging from street art, graphic design and illustration, punk rock, geek culture, film, visual art, performance, comics, tattoos and fashion design.
Dream Box is Mima’s sixth exhibition and offers a magical world in which optical illusions and visual and musical tricks question your sense of reality. Let your imagination guide you as you experience the psychedelic box of electro-punk Brussels graphic designer Elzo Durt, the strange world of Belgian collective Hell’O, the magic piano of Escif, the flying CD-ROMs of Felipe Pantone and the survey of Imabelpro Eurostom by Gogolplex. With the exhibition closing on 1 September, this is a great opportunity to catch one of the capital’s summer show highlights.