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Plan your year ahead with the Brussels Cultural Guide 2020

22:18 22/11/2019

With just a few weeks left in the year, it's time to start looking forward to 2020. The Brussels Cultural Guide 2020 is probably the most useful Brussels book you'll own next year.

We caught up with Guy de Bellefroid, the director of the Fondation pour les Arts, to find out more.

What's new in the 2020 edition?

Actually everything is new, because it's a new year and all the events are new. We have more than 500 events, and for each month there are more than 10 favourites selected by journalists, so it is really the must-see list of the events in Brussels in 2020.

It’s an elegant and practical book, with a lot of illustrations and very attractive graphic design. It's more than 200 pages in size and it’s sold for just €10. You can find it at most bookshops in Brussels as well as at the Visit Brussels welcome desk and at Cook & Book, Tasty and Leopold Cafe Press.

What is your main goal with this guide?

The idea is to offer a global view of what is happening in Brussels, because people know Brussels but there is so much going on in all cultural aspects that they don’t necessarily know how many and what kind of events are happening, so that’s why we want to give an overview.

So if somebody buys this guide they are set for the year?

They are set for the year for the major events - but things change and there are a lot of new events coming out during the year. Our website will help you fill in the schedule with the latest events as the year progresses.

Since you put this book together, you probably have some idea of what your favourites are and what are the most important events that people would not want to miss?

There are a lot of things and selection is not always easy, but if I had to choose one event a month, I would start with the Keith Haring major retrospective at Bozar which is actually starting in December 2019. Then in January we have Jazzuary (Jazz in January) which is comprised of three festivals all highlighting the best of the contemporary jazz scene in Brussels.

In February I would choose Bright Brussels - it’s a walking circuit through artistic and interactive light sculptures. Then in March I would choose Collectible, a fair about design and collectible contemporary design, and then the very very important exhibition in April of the work of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

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Written by Richard Harris