Flagey and its square Flagey... what a programme !

The Flagey is a true Brussels cultural institution located in the commune of Ixelles with its imposing "steamship" (6 floors), "proud", recognizable by its yellow bricks and its large turret, its lights filtering through the bay windows (international historical heritage monument).









This word "liner" often makes me think of the film "Et vogue le navire" (1983) by Federico Fellini (1920/1993), one of the greatest European directors / screenwriters in history!

Federico Fellini received many awards during his career and was often "nominated" at major international festivals, including the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.


This year, it took place from 6 July to 17 July; Mylène Farmer (French-Canadian singer-songwriter, producer and actress) was a member of the jury.

Her next concert in Brussels will take place on 22 July 2023 at the Stade Roi Baudouin and will be called 'Nevermore 2023'.


The next Cannes Film Festival will take place from 17 to 28 May 2022.

This year's Palme d'Or (supreme award) was awarded to Julia Ducournau's film "Titane", the second woman to win this prestigious prize, after Jane Campion in 1993 for "The Piano Lesson".



Congratulations to our Belgian filmmaker Théo Degen, for his short film (graduation film) "L'enfant Salamandre" produced by INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion) in Brussels!

The Cinefondation jury, which aims to present and reward films from film schools around the world, awarded it the "First Prize".




Flagey, a building of "contemporary design", was built in 1933 by the Belgian architect Joseph Diongre (1878/1963).

From the shell to the office furniture, the entire building bears the mark of the Brussels architect.

This art deco/modernist style building housed the former radio house (one of the first radio houses in Europe!). It was a creative tool in which the headquarters and studios of the National Institute for Radio Broadcasting (NIR) were set up: a marvellous "sound factory". Then RTB (Belgian Radio and Television) and BRT (Belgische Radio en Televisie) will leave the ship...

RTBF/VRT will move to the 'Reyers' site in the commune of Schaerbeek

Schaerbeek (the commune where Jacques Brel was born and where Maurane (1960/2018), Belgian singer-songwriter and actress, lived).


Which Brussels citizen does not know the famous "Reyers Tower" with its concrete pillar and its 3-storey saucer!

This tower can be seen in Luc Boland's Franco-Belgian film, "A Siren in the Night" (1999).

Soon the mediapark.brussels "Media House" or "Frame"!

Large-scale project (10,000m2 building). End of works in 2023?

A new Brussels creative district in sight.

During the Second World War (1940/1944), the "liner" was taken over by "Radio Brussels" (in Dutch Zender Brussel), a radio station in the service of the Third Reich.

It was here that the first Belgian television news programme was broadcast in 1953.

Today, the building is home to BRUZZ, (formerly FM Brussel, TV Brussel, Brussel Deze Week, Agenda and brusselnieuws.be), a Dutch-language media house (producing web, radio and television content).

The term is a contraction of 'Brussels' and 'buzz'.

Their slogan "You Are the City" is aimed at all users of the city, including Dutch-speaking inhabitants of Brussels, but also foreigners, expatriates, commuters and visitors.

Bruzz magazine is distributed throughout Brussels on Wednesdays and Thursdays.



FLAGEY, a cultural hub, a place devoted to cinema, music and culture in the broadest sense, this 'showcase' is very important in Belgium and is unlike any other.

A musical space with recording studios, concert halls (classical, contemporary, traditional music, jazz...) with exceptional acoustics!


The Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra is based in the...

(More in the next episode)


By Marc L.


*Translated in English by Ambre