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The Bulletin radio show on Bruzz: 3 June
Mexican Flower Carpet in Brussels
This August the biennial flower carpet on the Grand- Place will be back, 1,800m² filled with over half a million flowers, mostly begonias. The country of honour this year is Mexico. We hear from Richard Poncin, the CEO of Tapis de Fleurs de Bruxelles, from the carpet’s designer, Ana Rosa Aguilar Aguado and from Sylvia Reyes, cultural attaché at the Mexican Embassy. Translator: Elena Curzio Vila
Folkloric giants, made of papier maché, cloth and wicker come to life in a magical way when they dance in the streets during folkloric festivals and parades. They are part of the folklore of 75 countries but in no country does the importance of giants come close to the place they have in Belgium. Jean-Paul Heerbrant of the Albert Marinus Center tells us what he thinks is the reason for the proliferation of giants in Belgium and also tells us about the giant housing crisis in Brussels which is putting a number of the giants in peril. Phil van Duynen, artist, talks about the magic of the giants. See the show as part of the Carolus Festival until 2 September.
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