Brussels is gradually becoming the meeting place for pop culture fans. From Comic Con Brussels to the BIFF, via the Brussels Games Festival, many festivals are being created and are choosing the European capital as the place to bring together fans of the genre.
In March, Brussels will be the capital of pop culture. It undeniably has the offbeat, festive and creative spirit needed for the task. Brussels is full of events, game bars and escape games to delight geeks of all kinds.
Once again this year, the capital offers a series of must-see events for gamers and other cosplayers. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer.
SUPERHEROES NEVER DIE. COMICS & JEWISH MEMORIES
How are superheroes born? With more than 200 artworks and pieces, the ‘Superheroes Never Die. Comics and Jewish Memories’ exhibition tells the story of how American comics have been intertwined with the turmoil of history, from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
The Jewish Museum of Belgium – 08/11/19 > 26/04/20 – www.mjb-jmb.org
ANIMA BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL
For 10 days, animation and cartoons take over Flagey. In addition to the films, the festival offers exhibitions, virtual reality, lectures, workshops, lively nights, concerts…
Flagey | www.animafestival.be | 21/02/20 > 01/03/20
COMIC CON BRUSSELS
This year, the most popular comic book convention in Brussels is holding two editions at the Tour & Taxis site. Cosplayers, film and TV stars, video games and specialist dealers… There’s something for everyone.
Tour & Taxis | www.comicconbrussels.com Winter: 22/02/20 > 23/02/20 | Summer: 29/08/20 >
OFFSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL 2020 : TIME TRAVEL
Messages from the future, precognition, the Butterfly Effect, the Grandfather Paradox, time loops, multiverses, wormholes… There seems no end to the variations on the time travelling theme. Yet filmmakers were slow to recognise its dramatic potential.
A marginal phenomenon on the big screen before the 80’s, chiefly confined to experimental or arthouse films («La Jetée», «Je t’aime, je t’aime», «Idaho Transfer»). But the floodgates finally opened in the 80s blockbuster era with «The Terminator» (1984) and «Back to the Future» (1985), mainstream entertainment that hit the sweet spot between science and fiction.
Cinematek | offscreen.be | Mars -Mai 2020
CINEMATEK@FLAGEY – ON NE MORD QUE DEUX FOIS
No supernatural creature has been portrayed as frequently in cinema history as the vampire. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, everyone’s favourite bloodsucker, has alone racked up nearly 200 different movie appearances.
Even today, the vampire continues to fascinate, guaranteeing the box office success. They offer compelling stories about the human condition, sexuality, addiction, disease, and mortality. Each century of filmmaking has experienced more than one peak vampire moment, where the lore needed to be recycled into something fresh and new, before totally sucking. It’s appropriate. Just like many of the vampires on this list have to adapt to the times, so do the films themselves.
Flagey | cinematek.be | 02.03.20 > 31.05.20
FOIRE DU LIVRE – BRUSSELS BOOK FAIR
The comic strip section of the Foire du Livre – Brussels’ book fair – is a must. In addition to the major publishing houses and the many signing sessions and conferences, the Palais des Imaginaires offers shows that combine comic strips with the latest technologies.
Tour & Taxis – 05/03/20 > 08/03/20 – https://flb.be/bd/
MADE IN ASIA
Made In Asia is an event dedicated to pop culture from the Orient: mangas, anime, video games, international guests, YouTubers, e-sports,.. but also culture, gastronomy and music!
Brussels Expo | www.madeinasia.be | 13/03/20 > 15/03/20
THE unbmissable convention for lovers of Funko Pop © figures. Get some bargains and find that rare gem at one of the specialised vendors or exchange your duplicates with other fans in a unique atmosphere.
La Bellone | www.bourseopop.be | Next edition: 05/04/20
BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL
The BIFFF features almost 150 adrenaline-pumping films: horror, science fiction and thrillers of all kinds… but also a fantastic make-up contest, a specialised market, a zombie run and a vampire ball!
Bozar | www.bifff.net | 07/04/20 > 20/04/20
Brussels’ Digital Spring is an initiative that honours the digital and technological sector in Brussels in order to capture the attention of the general public: immersive VR, introductions to coding, workshops,… Brussels Expo – Hall 1 | printempsnumerique.brussels | 24/04/20 > 26/04/20 | Free
PINKSTEREN STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL
The Center of Fantastic Art will host the Pinksteren Steampunk festival, event based on steampunk and retro-futurism. In the program of these exeptional 3 days : Exhibitions, Animations, Craft Market, mini-golf imaginarium and a lot of other surprises.
Center of Fantastic Art | www.fantastic-museum.be | 30/05/2020 > 01/06/2020
JAPAN CON: ASIAN POP CULTURE FESTIVAL
Celebrate Asian pop culture at this new festival that features manga, animated film and other similar genres.
Tour & Taxis | www.japancon.be | 27/06/20 > 28/06/20
BRUSSELS GAMES FESTIVAL
This large free festival dedicated to games is for all, young and old
Cinquantenaire Park | www.brusselsgamesfestival.be | 28/08/20 > 30/08/20
BRUSSELS COMIC STRIP FESTIVAL
The Brussels Comic Strip Festival is moving to the Gare Maritime at Tour & Taxis, a new, larger and covered prestigious venue. The programme remains top-quality with the presence of the major publishing houses, the Atomium Awards ceremony, more than 300 authors, signing sessions, exhibitions, conferences and the unmissable Balloons Day Parade.
Tour & Taxis – 11/09/20 > 13/09/20 – www.fetedelabd.brussels | Free