When you walk down Rue des Eperonniers, you will notice that it stands out from all the others in the area.
Springtime illustrates this with its flower arrangements falling from the sky.
"Respect" (1967) Madam.
In 2021, the film "Respect" (portrait of the singer, golden biopic) by Liesl Tommy (South African director) was also shown in various cinemas in Brussels such as the UGC DE BROUCKÈRE, the CINÉMA AVENTURE (see épisode 14), the WHITE CINÉMA BRUSSELS (W.C.B., with its 8 cinemas with a modern, uncluttered design, duo, trio seats...
If you want to go to the cinema (ideal on rainy days), the UGC DE BROUCKÈRE complex with its 12 screens is waiting for you. It is one of the most important cinemas in the city: previously known as the mythical ELDORADO.
The UGC unlimited pass allows you to see 300 films a year in 70 cinemas across the country.
You also have the possibility via the website dedicated to opera, "Viva l'Opera", to book your seats and benefit from a preferential rate thanks to this pass.
We invite you to visit its magnificent large hall (listed) with 700 seats called the "GRAN ELDORADO" (before 1978, 2700 seats, 2 balconies...): a jewel of Art Deco style built between 1931 and 1933 by the Liège architect Marcel Chabot.
What a pleasure to be in this comfortable setting, to admire the various details of the stucco bas-reliefs: jungle decor and elephant head... (impression of Africa?).
Created by the sculptors Wolf and Van Neste.
The lighting of the "GRAN ELDORADO" room (delicate indirect light on the scenes through the ceiling cornices) accentuates the monumentality of the scenes and reinforces their plastic strength.
It hosts films with high commercial potential, previews, opera nights,...
This "Eldorado" (a term that means "golden", just like a chimerical country where one gets rich easily) can be rented as a prestigious space.
The hall was listed in 1994 as a monument in its entirety
Thank you "Phil" for all these moments of "fun". "Oufti"!
Which ones do you think?
The first version of the image of Bowie as a dog shows a testicle of the animal. This will disappear in the following editions.
The event "Heroes Bowie Berlin 1976-80 - The Ultimate David Bowie Tribute" will take place on 10.11.22 at FOREST NATIONAL (VORST NATIONAAL) where his Berlin period will be highlighted.
David Bowie performed many times in Brussels and would have only good memories of it.
A tribute to this legendary rock musician (a real chameleon) was paid on the GRAND PLACE in Brussels in 2016 (broadcast of a best-of of the artist's songs).
The same year, NOIR Artiste (artist from Liege, alias Lucien Gilson) was contacted by Sony Music (record company) in order to create a giant fresco (a painting in the effigy of the Star) in the GALERIE COMMERCIALE DE LA TOISON D'OR (name taken from Greek mythology ?, located in the upper part of the city) for the release of his album "Blackstar".
The most famous cover is David Bowie's "Port of Amsterdam", which he discovered in a musical by Mort Shuman (first name Mortimer, 1938-1991, American composer, lyricist, actor... of English and French expression): "Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris ".
Brel made this song magnetic, Bowie made it mythical.
The comic strip "Pravda la survireuse" is again by Guy Peellaert.
Thank you for your "message personnel" Madame. To be listened to over and over again.
If my memory is good (and not "if the photo is good", song of Barbara in 1965) when I went, as a teenager, in this room "Gran Eldorado", the elephant reminded me of this mascot of the brand of chocolate Côte d'Or.
Doesn't the "elephant" logo convey the values of power, perseverance and longevity, not to mention memory?
Côte d'Or is a brand founded by Charles Neuhaus (1841 - 1891), a Belgian chocolate maker and confectioner.
This brand of chocolate takes the name of Côte d'or (in 1883) in reference to the Côte de l'Or, a former British colony (today Ghana) which took its name "Gold Coast" from the gold powder that the Europeans had found there.
The company was sold and resold... A real "soap opera". Next episode ?
On the occasion of the BRUSSELS UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION in 1958, the praline bar "Dessert 58" was put on the market.
In 1934, the famous "Chokotoff" (which sticks to your teeth?).
"Choko" (chocolate) and "Toffee" (confectionery).
Word game with the word "tof"? Which, in Brussels dialect, means "good, pleasant, enjoyable".
Some packages would have the golden line hidden under the silver band?
A nod to the novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl (British writer, 1916-1990)?
One of the most emblematic authors of the 20th century.
To see and see again without moderation.
Projections in the room of the "Gran Eldorado" with its elephant in relief ?
The shooting was repeated (to the great despair of all) in May 2022 in Texas (in Uvalde) in Robb Elementary School.
Do you like exotic decoration patterns? Then take the little "banana tour" downtown.
The decoration of some buildings in the center of Brussels is inspired by the flora and fauna of the Belgian Congo and in particular by the banana.
At number 75-79 Rue Antoine Dansaert, you will notice (if you raise your eyes to the sky) that this building built in 1927 by the Brussels architect Eugène Dhuicque (1877-1955), for the wholesaler Gérard Koninckx Frères, has a beautiful enamelled stoneware frieze representing several banana motifs (designed by Armand Paulis (1884-1979) and executed by the Parisian ceramist Maurice Dhomme, 1882-1975).
At number 7, rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains, a curious bas-relief offers itself to passers-by at the top of the facade: the face of an African woman surrounded by a lush necklace of bananas and exotic fruits.
And what about number 34, boulevard d'Ypres, an Art Deco building with its decoration of bananas at the top of the pilasters of the façade.
"Bruxelles à la banane"
At the top of the banana, a short sentence says "peel slowly and see" for "peel slowly and you will see.
To be purchased at "SEYMOUR KASSEL RECORDS" ? (Rue de Flandre 93 ).
3500 euros for this album.
This particular store in the center of Brussels sells only original vinyl albums of first pressing and limited edition.
From June 23 to July 2, 2022, you will have the opportunity to celebrate the 5th edition of the BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BRIFF).
Opportunity to drink a glass of wine on the terrace and 'debriff' in good company ?
The French actress and director, Fanny Ardant (twice awarded a César), will be the guest of honor at BRIFF (screening of the film "Les jeunes Amants" (2021) by Carine Tardieu (French director and writer), but also at BOZAR and CINEMATEK (where exclusive interviews will be scheduled in the latter two venues, on June 28 and 29, 2022)
For this 5th edition, France will be projected on the big screen, as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Pour cette 5ème édition, la France sera projetée sur grand écran, dans le cadre de la Présidence française du Conseil de l’Union européenne.
It is the equivalent of "beauf" in French.
And in the MAROLLES, from June 17 to 21, 2022.
Opportunity to walk in the GARDEN of the (former) ADMINISTRATIVE CITY OF THE STATE according to the plans of the landscape architect René Pechère (1908-2002).
Hanging garden (geometrical forms) erected between 1958 and 1970.
Or our "Magritte of gardens"?
"Brussels is celebrating" in many places.
Brussels will dance.
In this "village-district" (with an already full cultural life) " LES MAROLLES", don't hesitate to discover the independent bookshop-cafe "LES MÉTÉORES" (rue Blaes 207, same street as the nightclub "FUSE", see episode 14) .
Opening in 2020. Thanks to Renaud-Selim Sanli and his brother Timour (collaborator of L'Echo- Belgian daily newspaper of political, economic and financial information).
This bookstore (a place to meet around books) is not like the others: selection of books off the beaten track.
Books that cannot be found anywhere else.
This "duo" (philosophers by training) plans to make "MÉTÉORES" a publishing house. We can't wait.
The CINEMA GALERIES (a place dedicated to auteur films) also offers a wide range of exhibitions dedicated to independent cinema and contemporary art.
Built in 1939 by the architect Paul Bonduelle (at the request of the brothers Oswald and Robert Putzeys), this cinema (2-screen complex) of art deco, modernist style, was classified as a monument in 1993, for its artistic and historical value. It is distinguished by a subtle Mediterranean and Romanesque decoration.
We thank them for supporting the young Belgian film.
One of the most beautiful cinemas in Brussels (with a targeted program) located at number 26 of LES GALERIES DE LA REINE.
Prestigious location, just like the ARBANY HOTELS.
The very first film shown in 1939 in this theater was "First Love" ("First Love", American musical film in black and white) by Henry Koster (American director, 1905/1988)
Les frères Lumières (Auguste, 1862-1954 and Louis, 1864-1948) marked LES GALERIES ROYALES SAINT-HUBERT with their aura.
In 1896, at n°7, in the "SALLE DES DÉPÊCHES" of the daily newspaper "La Chronique", to broadcast the first public cinema session in Belgium!
The observant passer-by can read (in front of the entrance of number 7) a commemorative plaque: "Here took place, on March 1st 1896, the first public screening in Belgium of the Lumière cinematograph".
Decoration of the order of the Francisque received.
They never appeared on banknotes.
Fans of the "building blocks" will be able to let their imagination run wild.
In the heart of Brussels. Close to the ARBANY HOTELS.
More than 15,000 pieces on display.
The museum is for everyone, adults and children.
Isn't playing about learning to cooperate, to lose and also to persevere?
Products that are different from the big brands.
Space dedicated to circus arts.
I have to tell you about an "institution" in Brussels located at number 10 : "LE PARADIS DE LA BABOUCHE".
Since 1908, near "PICARD MEGAFUN" (party store, see episode 14).
As its name indicates, the largest specialist in slippers in Brussels.
You will also find comfort shoes for orthopedic soles, mules,...from 17 to 51 !
Ideal store for "Aunt Sidonie" known for her shoe size, which fluctuates around 51?
Character of the popular Belgian comic strip series "Bob et Bobette" (1st publication in 1945) of the Antwerp cartoonist (our "Breughel of comics?) Willy Vandersteen (1913-1990) with exceptional graphic maturity!
Rue de Laeken (near the ARBANY HOTELS) you will "meet" the merry band : Bob, Bobette, (and her little rag doll Fanfreluche from which she almost never separates), Jérôme (the "castard" with Herculean strength), the ventripoten Lambique, Aunt Sidonie (what to say about her spectacular fits of nerves?) on a red background.
Manneken Pis (our famous "ketje" = kid from Brussels) lifts them up at arm's length.
Like a "Benoît Brisefer"?
Series of French-Belgian youth comics created in 1960 by Peyo (pseudonym of Pierre Culliford, 1928-1992).
A great classic of comics.
The pedestrian who strolls along the rue Haute (at number 119) cannot escape the fresco of this kid (superhero) with his jovial face (as soon as he catches a cold, Benoît loses his extraordinary physical abilities. Also, he never takes off the wool scarf he wears around his neck)
In every neighborhood, in the streets and alleys of Brussels, comics are everywhere.
At the "PARADISE DE LA BABOUCHE": a large choice of charentaises (the "real" one is hand sewn on the back and guaranteed without any glue).
Offbeat, original, authentic (symbol of cozy comfort by the fire"), it is worn more and more in the street.
The return of this unemployed (anti)hero creates a polemic.
Rue de l'Ecuyer, you have the possibility to discover the fresco of Gaston Lagaffe.
Brussels, capital "bubbles". With its 68 giant frescoes representing comic characters.
The "Parcours BD" is an integral part of the Brussels urban landscape.To be experienced. A pleasant way to survey the city.
At 47 rue de l'Ecuyer (just outside the GALERIE DE LA REINE), a new and unusual address: the "ZOTTE MOUCHE", a Belgian-style bistro.
Deliberately outdated decoration, vinyls on the wall, neon lights, French songs from the 60s to the 90s. Ultra-retro universe.
Ballekes is the Brussels word for "meatballs" and has its origin in the Dutch "Balletje".
At the "PARADIS DE LA BABOUCHE", I like the advice of the saleswoman, a passionate person, a "character out of time".
"Our Mireille Mathieu of the slipper"?
The WCB (WHITE CINEMA BRUSSELS) is easily accessible by taking streetcar 3 from the BOURSE STATION.
Renamed in 2019 to "BOURSE - GRAND-PLACE".
In Brussels, this is a form of public transport in which streetcars run entirely or partially underground through tunnels.
150 years ago, the first streetcar appeared in the streets of Brussels.
The MUSEUM OF BRUSSELS URBAN TRANSPORT, the MTUB or BRUSSELS TRAM MUSEUM, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sunday 22 May with some special routes.
Le tramway n'est-il pas comme un trottoir roulant?
Chaque dimanche d’avril à septembre, ainsi qu’un dimanche par mois en dehors de cette période, le MUSEE DU TRANSPORT URBAIN BRUXELLOIS fait circuler un tramway historique mis en service lors de EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE de 1935 pour effectuer une excursion au travers de nombreuses communes bruxelloises.
Isn't the tramway like a moving sidewalk?
Every Sunday from April to September, as well as one Sunday a month outside this period, the BRUSSELS URBAN TRANSPORT MUSEUM takes a historic tramway that was put into service at the 1935 UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION on an excursion through many of Brussels' municipalities.
The history of Brussels is intimately linked to its streetcars.
Each stop (streetcar, bus, subway and premetro station) tells the story of a neighborhood or a period of the country or city, an imaginary hero or a famous character.
Which one comes to mind?
Utopian landscape of the Brussels artist François Schuiten.
Le "TRAIN WORLD" (musée du chemin de fer belge) à Schaerbeeck (voir épisode 12) - le rêve ferroviaire de François Schuiten - présente une exposition temporaire : "Royals & Trains" (10.05.22-19.01.23).
It is dedicated to the royal trains and the use of the railroads by members of the royal family.
Not to be missed.
The second edition of the story festival "BRUSSELS CITY OF STORIES" explored this year public transport as a setting and as a theme for its readings and performances.
The festival has worked with a large number of socio-cultural associations.
Poetic walks, ephemeral exhibitions, poetic performances...
In the stations Rogier, Bourse, Gare centrale (see episode 14) Parc... actors and actresses accompanied passengers during their journey by reading them a story written by the Belgian writers Astrid Haerens (author of prose and poetry living in Brussels), Olivier el Khoury (from Namur, of Lebanese origin, soccer supporter...) and Sophie d'Aubreby (see episode 13).
On BX1 (Brussels news channel), the program "Le Tram" presented by Thomas Dufrane (journalist) asks about mobility in the Brussels Region.
The "TRAM EXPÉRIENCE" is back on the road since September 2021. New look. Opportunity to enjoy a gastronomic meal on board a streetcar (specially equipped) while crisscrossing the city.
The dishes are made on board by the chef Thibault Granville (Taste Great).
Gourmet" tour. In the car!
You want to eat a bag of French fries in a streetcar? It is possible with the "TRAM DE BOISFORT".
At the head of the engine, a take-away area (old-fashioned fries, hamburgers, etc.) and at the tail end, a small restaurant area with a menu featuring different versions of the hamburger.
Streetcar at a standstill, not like the streetcar in a French fries cone that Internet users saw on July 21, 2021 on social networks.
Humorous video made in collaboration with the Californian 3D artist Ian Padgham @ Origiful, on the occasion of our national holiday.
As well as the bus covered with waffles driving in front of GALERIES ROYALES renamed "Royal Waffle makers St IBMIVB".
And the subway, a streetcar... transformed into chocolates!
The fourth edition of the VKRS FESTIVAL (dedicated to the art of video) will take place on June 10 and 11, 2022 at the THÉÂTRE DES RICHES-CLAIRE (a stone's throw from Place Saint-Géry and the Bourse).
This cultural center is a real launching pad for young companies.
The program is mainly centered on theater, with a few forays into dance performances and concerts.
Dear readers, the ideal streetcar route for culture and nature lovers ...
You will be on the way in the next episode.
Princess Stéphanie de Monaco has experienced it...