Groeningemuseum in Bruges

Six centuries of Belgian visual arts in one location, with work by Flemish Primitives such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, and Gerard David, neo-classicism by Joseph Odevaere and Joseph Ducq, Flemish expressionism, and 20th-century modern art by René Magritte, Roger Raveel, Raoul De Keyser Flemish primitives In Groeningemuseum you will find paintings by Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Hugo van der Goes, Gerard David, Hieronymus Bosch, Ambrosius Benson, Lancelot Blondeel, father Pourbus, and his sons and their contemporaries. They were masters who came from the Low Countries and often worked in Bruges and completed assignments there in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Several of those paintings are regarded as milestones in the history of European art. A...
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Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Mozart & Don Giovanni in Bruges

Librettist Da Ponte’s most exciting drama performed by a legendary orchestra and a dream cast FRI 18 OCT 2019 Who wouldn’t want to be Don Giovanni for a while? Relishing life and love, without worrying about the trail of broken hearts you leave behind? Mozart’s timeless opera poses questions that still perplex us today. Certainly when they are performed by delightful voices, such as those of André Morsch and Paula Murrihy. The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century makes Mozart sparkle as never before. But beware, even in Don Giovanni, the old adage is ever true: he who laughs last, laughs best. programme Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Don Giovanni, KV527 (concert version) performers Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century: orchestra Kenneth Montgomery: conductor...
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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & Tero Saarinen Company in Bruges

Sibelius’s monument by the original orchestra FRI 11 OCT 201920.00 Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, a heroic and vibrant work, was composed to celebrate his fiftieth birthday. At its premiere, Sibelius himself conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which is also performing it for us at 11/10 in Bruges. In his Fifth, Sibelius pulls out all the stops and treats his audience to a listening course in heroism. Those who hear its six hammer-blow final chords will readily agree with the following entry from Sibelius’s diary: ‘When I climb the mountain, God opens His gates and His orchestra plays my Fifth Symphony.’ While writing this masterpiece, Sibelius saw sixteen wild swans flying over the Finnish landscape. A wonderful experience that completely enchanted him and provided...
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5 Reasons for booking a serviced apartment for your next business trip

Many employees need to travel around the globe due to business reasons – whether for a short period or for months. Why serviced apartments are a good alternative to hotels, rented flats and shared apartments, as you can read below. 1. Cost Advantages The longer you stay in a serviced apartment the lower the price per night will be. With a stay of more than 30 days it is possible to realize savings up to 50%, compared to hotels with similar furnishings/standards. Furthermore there are no additional costs such as brokerage and deposit fees, repairs and utility payments. Thereby serviced apartments offer a great advantage even in comparison with rented and shared flats. 2. Performance Advantage In a serviced apartment...
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Brussels pays tribute to Pieter Bruegel

This year, Brussels will pay tribute to Pieter Bruegel the Elder on the 450th anniversary of his death. The event is in line with the three cultural years dedicated to Flemish masters, in 2018-2020. One of the most awaited moments will be the return of the famous painting Dulle Griet to the Mayer van den Bergh House-Museum in Antwerp after the important restoration that restored it to its original splendor. Between 1400 and 1650, the corner of Western Europe known today as Flanders was a crucible of culture. The pocket of land framed by Bruges, Antwerp, Brussels, and Leuven had become wealthy through trade and the renowned skills of its weavers, a wealth reflected today in the splendor of its...
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In Search of Bruges Finest Chocolate

Walking the old city streets of Bruges with the sun shining on your brow, you just can’t help but notice the beauty of the city, it puts a sparkle in your eye and a smile to your lips… but then your 4th sense is taken over.. the smell of chocolate is in the air. Dark and yet sweet, rich and delicate, creamy and mouthwatering. It entices memories of first tastes and first kisses, setting your mouth alight with expectation. You follow the scent over cobbled paths and past exquisite churches until finally you step inside one of Bruges’ finest chocolatiers …. Sweertvaegher This wonderful chocolate shop opened its doors more than half a century ago, and has been a staple...
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Travel to Tomorrow in Bruges

In September 2019 the two-day summit ‘Travel to Tomorrow – Growing Forward Together’ will take place in Bruges. This summit brings together entrepreneurs, opinion and policymakers around contemporary questions and challenges in the tourism sector. A varied mix of lectures, workshops and experience sessions provides each participant with interactive opportunities to be inspired by the transforming power of tourism and grow professionally. Flemish and international top speakers link the theoretical framework to practical examples and issues of great touristic, but also broad social relevance. A must-visit event for everyone who wants to contribute in an innovative, sustainable way to future proof tourism! Program The two-day summit, dinner with 5 top speakers on Thursday evening included: 12 – 13 September in Bruges (150 euro, excl. vat) Dinner with 5 top...
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Summer Vibes in Bruges

– URB EGG – café This year the URB EGG-café is opening right in the city center, in front of the monumental Stadsschouwburg. In the shadow of this impressive cultural institution, you can pause for a while, participate in one of the free events, enjoy the vibrant city life… or simply relax and quench your thirst. A new summer means a new URB EGG Café. After the warehouses at the DuPont site (2015), the Gentpoort (2016), the Station Park (2017) and the Poortersloge (Burghers’ Lodge) (2018), it is time to explore a new location. And what a location!. Near the city theater from 29 June to 8 September. –Apero at the Fishmarket Every Friday from 16u tot 22u (July and August)...
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