Jan Fabre - Spijkerman, 1979, Collectie MHKA

New year, new events to look forward to. In Flanders and Brussels, there is always something interesting, unique, sporty, arty, tasty to do. And whatever event you choose, you will always be surrounded by our timeless cultural history, heritage and beauty. The choice was tough, but here is our (chronological) selection of ten must-do events for 2017. 

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Museum Mayer van den Bergh

Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen

The exhibition Contour Biennale 8 brings together over 20 international and local artists in lens-based media, sound, performance, drawing, installation and publishing. The works of art are spread across historic and cultural venues throughout Mechelen. The exhibition highlights the city’s historic role as a legal stronghold for medieval Europe and ‘a multiplicity of voices that become heard as a plural consciousness’. Contour Biennale  8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium will be on view from 11 March until 21 May 2017.


Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces.

Art meets technology. For the occasion of the 450th anniversary of Breugel’s death in 2019, The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Google Cultural Institute join forces in this virtual exhibition project. You now have the unique possibility to completely immerse yourself in the works of Bruegel, study every detail and have access to expert knowledge. Take a look at the website for more information on this innovative concept.

Tour of Flanders ©Patrick Verhoest

Margiela. The Hèrmes Years, MoMu Antwerp

From 31 March to 27 August 2017, the Fashion Museum in Antwerp is home to a unique collection. The Belgian stylist and one of the most influential avant-garde designers Martin Margiela is displaying his Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003 for the first time. Expect groundbreaking deconstruction, timeless luxury and sheer perfection.

Tour of Flanders

On Sunday, 2 April 2017, it’s that time of the year again: the Tour of Flanders. Many brave men will jump on their bikes and conquer our (in)famous bergs and cobbles. All of Flanders will be cheering. And you are welcome to join us. But that’s not all. The day before the big race will also be a heroic day. Thousands of cycling tourists will tread in the footsteps of Tom Boonene and Fabian Cancellara and cycle the Tour of Flanders themselves. Check the website for more information.


Tour de Geuze, Flemish Brabant

On 6 and 7 May 2017, it’s all about Belgian beer, also known as our very own ‘liquid gold’. During the Tour de Geuze, various breweries in the area of Flemish Brabant open their doors to the public. Guided tours and tastings of local beers make this a must do-event for every beer lover.

Ommegang Brussels (c)Emilie Bertrand

Ommegang, Brussels

The Ommegang of Brussels is an annual tradition that recreates the famous celebration organized in 1549 on the Grand Place in honour of Charles V and his son Philippe II. This great folkloric procession is one of the most important events in Brussels history and culture. Costumes, horses, carriages, giants … the whole of the royal court parades before your eyes in all its finery. Time and place? 5 and 7 July 2017, on the enchanting Grand Place of Brussels.

Opening of the Museum Park Abbey, Leuven

On 25 October 2017, a brand new museum will open its doors in Leuven. The Museum Park Abbey is located in the fully renovated buildings of the abbey and dedicated to religious art and culture. The opening exhibition will display unique, never-before-seen art and heritage from Flemish cloisters and abbeys.

Designmuseum (c)Designmuseum Gent

Pieter Pourbus and the Claeissens family, Bruges

From 13 October 2017, the Groeninge Museum in Bruges houses an exposition dedicated to Pieter Pourbus and the Claeissens family. The second half of the sixteenth century was marked by economic recession in Bruges. Struggle to scrape a living and inventiveness were order of the day, also for artists. The exposition is built around this subject of creativeness in times of hardship and displays little-known masterpieces.


Hello, Robot. Design Museum Ghent

‘From science fiction to everyday reality: robots have found a place in our lives.’ The Design Museum in Ghent invites you to its surprising exhibition Hello, Robot. Interactive installations, design prototypes, video documentaries and common wearables take you through the world and relationship between humans and machines. Open from 27 October 2017.


December Dance, Bruges

In December, Bruges hosts its annual dance festival. National and international choreographers, unique and innovative artists, young and upcoming talents show their creations and treat you to the best of the dance world. A perfect addition to your winter holiday in this beautiful and enchanting city that everybody loves.

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