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Enter the magic world of flowers of Frederiek van Pamel

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If you like flowers and interior design then you should go to the Ezelstraat for nothing but extravagant, handmade, design-led floristry

Frederiek van Pamel is a genius, he decorates fabulous parties for the rich & famous, but anyone who can not or does not want to spend thousands of euros is welcome in the particularly stylish universe by Frederiek Van Pamel. More than a flower shop, this is a perfect world filled with beautiful objects, furniture, plants, and flowers.

frederiek van paemel bruges

Ezelstraat 33 – 8000 Brugge

T +32 50 34 44 80

Monday14:00 – 18:00
Tue-Sat10:00 – 12:3013:30 – 18:00
The Groeninge Museum in Winter

The Groeninge Museum in Winter in Bruges.

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The Fine Arts Museum of Bruges  or Groeningemuseum is internationally renowned for its significant collection of early Netherlandish painting, which has formed the core of the museum’s most successful exhibitions in recent decades. This part of the collection consists of a number of masterpieces by  Hans Memling, Jan van Eyck, Hugo van der Goes and Gerard David, as well as works by masters active in Bruges in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including the Masters of the Lucia- and Ursula Legend, Ambrosius Benson,Pieter Pourbus the Elder and Lancelot Blondeel.

The Groeninge Museum offers a varied overview of the Flemish Primitives,  top 18th and 19th-century neoclassical pieces, and masterpieces from Flemish Expressionism.


Artists such as Suvée, Duvivier, Ducq, Odevaere, and Kinsoen are known for their historical pieces and portraits in a cool and sculptural style. The remarkable collection of paintings by Flemish expressionists also catches the eye, with work by Permeke, De Smet, Van den Berghe, Brusselmans and Tytgat. The Groeninge Museum owes its international appeal not only to its exceptional permanent collection but also to the prestigious exhibitions that take place regularly.


The Groeninge Museum is located in the district of the same name, where once stood the Eekhout Abbey. Designed by architect Joseph Viérin, since 1930 the central collection of paintings from Bruges has been centralizing. An adjacent neo-Gothic building by architect Jean-Baptiste Bethune provides extra space since 1995. Viérins building will undergo a thorough renovation in 2002 and recently also an adapted circuit for the permanent collection. From Flemish primitives to modern art The permanent collection shows a rich and fascinating overview of six centuries of visual art in the Southern Netherlands, which corresponds to current Belgium.Groeninghe museum

Highlights are the world-famous collection of Flemish primitives, gems of Renaissance and Baroque masters, a selection of 18th and 19th century neoclassical and realistic works, milestones of symbolism and modernism, top works of Flemish expressionism and a varied selection from the post-war collection. modern Art. The Groeninge Museum is part of the Flemish Art Collection, a joint venture between three art-historical museums in Flanders: the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp.


Groeninge Museum

Dijver 12 , 8000 Bruges

+32 50 44 87 11

Rate: 8 €


Opening hours:

Tuesday: from 9:30 to 17:00, Wednesday: from 9:30 to 17:00 , Thursday: from 9:30 to 17:00 , Friday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Saturday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Sunday: from 9:30 to 17:00

St Johns hospital

In St. John’s Hospital, good for more than 8 centuries of history, sisters and brothers took care of pilgrims, travelers and the sick. The medieval wards and the associated church house an impressive collection of archival documents, works of art, medical instruments and six works by Hans Memling.

The medical knowledge of the nuns is, however, minimal and they devote themselves mainly to ‘soul care’. Medicine saints on paintings and sculptures, reliquaries and an atmospheric chapel point to lively devotion. In the 19th century, the hospital moved to a nearby neo-gothic building in bright red brick, where the ill can still go to 1978.

The fact that the art objects are interwoven with the location and its former inhabitants gives the museum an absolute added value. Many objects are also made to measure for the hospital community and depict the clients.


The Sint-Janshospitaal has six top works by the Flemish Primitive Hans Memling, but also many religiously inspired paintings and sculptures. Applied art such as furniture, silver, medical instruments, reliquaries, archival documents, and pharmacy jars bear witness to 800 years of care. St. John’s Hospital is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe.

In the museum, you will learn more about the former hospital life and what the wards looked like then. Furniture, paintings, sculptures, silverware, and pewter objects are the silent witnesses of a centuries-long hospital and soul care in this hospital. Another unique feature is the roof truss of the building, which is one of the oldest and most monumental in Europe.

Do not forget to pay a visit to the old pharmacy and the herb gardens. In the hospital chapel, all attention goes to the works of the best-known Flemish Primitives: Hans Memling. This painter lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces, such as the famous Ursula shrine, for the Sint-Jans hospital.

Where : Saint John’s Hospital Mariastraat 8000 Bruges

 +32 50 44 87 11

Rate: € 8

Audience : Every type of audience


Tuesday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Wednesday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Thursday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Friday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Saturday: from 9:30 to 17:00 Sunday: from 9:30 to 17:00

Jazz Bruges 16-18 nov 2018

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On Stage:

Tigran Hamasyan/ Amir Elsaffar & Ictus/ Colin Stetson

Omer Avital Quintet/Jakob Bro Trio/Elina Duni/Concert Mw’Soul

James Brandon Lewis ft Anthony Pirog/ Reijseger, Fraanje?Sylla

Jaimie Branch Fly or Die / Free Desmyter & Bassem Hawar

Maak Quintet/ Nathalie Loriers/MDC III/Donder

Nachtschade: Aubergine/ Hans Beckers/ Wannes Deneer 

Friday 16 november
25 Years of W.E.R.F. Records
YARD. Records, the label of arts center KAAP, is blowing 25 candles this year. The absolute highlight of this festive year is a grand celebration on the opening night of Jazz Brugge. With a nice mix of fixed values (Mâäk Quintet, Nathalie Loriers), new creations (Free Desmyter, Kris Defoort), album releases (MDC III) and new upcoming talent (Donder). A feast of Belgian jazz with a big bow around!

Saturday 17 november
Musical influences from all corners of the world
The second day of Jazz Brugge is entirely dedicated to the theme ‘Crossing Cultures’ and allows musical influences from all corners of the world to blow through the Concertgebouw, from Armenia (Tigran Hamasyan) and Albania (Elina Duni) over the Middle East (Omer Avital). to Senegal (Reijseger / Fraanje / Sylla). We close with one of the new exponents of the Chicago scene, trumpet player Jaimie Branch.

Sunday 18 november
Wide range of genres & cultures
A broad range of genres and cultures typifies the final day. KAAP maker Hans Beckers, together with drummer Teun Verbruggen, unleashes his self-built windmills on families. Muziektheater Transparant performs with Nachtschade: Aubergine an intriguing quest for cultural identity. Ictus, together with the Iraqi trumpet player Amir ElSaffar, explores the limits of chamber jazz. From spherical soundscapes (Jakob Bro) we go to unfiltered black avant-garde (James Brandon Lewis), to end with hypnotic muscle ball (Colin Stetson).


Concertgebouw Brugge
‘t Zand 34 8000, Brugge

Tickets & info
Day pass and Festival pass:

Tickets are available per day (day pass) and for the entire festival (festival pass).

Day pass: € 30 vvk | € 35 add (16/11 – 17/11 – 18/11)
Festival pass: € 75 vvk | € 85 add (Festival pass)
All Saturday concerts of Jazz Brugge are part of the 7×7 action of Soundcast: the five jazz concerts together at just € 7 all in.
More info at
Ticket Klopotec: € 6 children € 12 adult (not included in Dagpas or Festivalpas)
Ticket prices do not include booking costs (€ 1 per (day) ticket / € 2 per festival pass)

Where and how do I buy tickets:

online via this site (pay with Visa / Mastercard / Bancontact)
by phone:
070 22 12 12 (Tickets Bruges – Mon-Fri from 14:00 to 17:00)
059 33 90 00 (UiTloket Ostend)
at the ticket desk:
In & Uit Brugge
UiTloket Oostende
Tourism Ostend

At the box office (from 60 minutes before the start of the first concert).
Discounted rates (only in presale)

The discount applies to both day passes and festival passes

for -26: 50% discount for +65: 10% discount

Jazz Bruges on Spotify


Complete program

Tigran Hamasyan
Colin Stetson
Mw’Soul (Ghalia Benali & Mâäk)
Jakob Bro Trio
Omer Avital Quintet
Free Desmyter & Bassem Hawar / The Takenouchi Documents
Amir ElSaffar & Ictus
Nachtschade: Aubergine (Muziektheater Transparant)
Elina Duni MDC III
James Brandon Lewis Trio + Anthony Pirog
Jaimie Branch Fly or Die
Nathalie Loriers & Chemins Croisés
Hans Beckers / Klopotec Orkestra
Mâäk Quintet
Wannes Deneer / Tuning Things



Top things to do during your stay in Bruges

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(voted as N° I on tripadvisor on 565 restaurants in Bruges ….wow !!!!)

 Minderbroederstraat 1;

 +32 497 801 872


 Phlipstockstraat 45- Bruges (city center)


 Langestraat 11, Bruges (city center)


 Meestraat 9 – Bruges (city center)


 Katelijnestraat 160 (close to Loft Katelijne en Groeninghe)


 Molenmeers 2 – Bruges (city center)




 Langestraat 15 – Bruges (city center) ; closed on Saturday and Sunday


 Nieuwe Gentweg 76- Bruges (city center)


 Langestraat 155 – 159 -Bruges (city center)


 Langestraat 109 – Bruges (city center)




 Minderbroedersstraat 26 -Bruges (city center), closed on sunday and monday


 Eekhoutstraat 24-Bruges (city center), closed on monday and tuesday (closed 8 until 19 march)


 Ezelstraat 21 -Bruges (city center) closed on Sunday & Monday


 Langestraat 155 – 159, Closed on Sunday & Monday


 Zomerweg 16 , 8490 Jabbeke

 +32 (0)50 81 26 85


 Jacob van Maerlantstraat 6 8340 Damme


 Predikherenstraat 11


 Mallebergplaats 5,


 Kleine St. Amandsstraat 5 Closed on Sunday


 Simon Stevinplein 15


 Eiermarkt 5, closed on Sundays


 Simon Stevenplein 14


 Gistelsesteenweg 520


 Achiel van Ackerplein 2


 Garenmarkt 30; Closed on saturday&sunday and school holidays


Carpe Diem

(also online delivery)

 Wijngaardstraat 8


 Prinsenhof 8


 Geldmuntstraat 9


 Vlamingstraat 56, closed monday and tuesday


 Muntpoort 8, closed on sunday and holidays


 Kartuizerinnenstraat 10


 Dweerstraat 13, Bruges 8000



(voted as 14 of 565 on tripadvisor)

 Hallestraat 4, Bruges 8000

 Langestraat 93, Bruges 8000 (Lebanese resto)


 Hoogstraat 33…. austrian and german wines


 Langestraat 97


 Braambergstraat 7


 Philip Stockstraat 41


 Kuiperstraat 6-8


Groot Vlaenderen

great Cocktail bar

 Vlamingstraat 94


 Park 5 Pub


 Philipstockstraat 19


 De Garre 1


 Kemelstraat 5


Café Rose Red

Lovely cosy bar for beer lovers with hundreds of Belgian Beers in Bruges.

 Cordoeanierstraat 16


Le Trappiste

Atmospheric bar with a great choice of beers

 Kuiperstraat 33


Comptoir des Arts

Nice cellar bar with daily events,  a good buzzy atmosphere and a fantastic selection of beer. only a short walk from the main square.

 Vlamingstraat 53

  00 32 494 38 79 61


Catering D' Deldycke

Excellent food at catering Deldycke for take away at good prices

 Wollestraat 23

 +32 50 33 43 35


De Plaats

Vegan place to be in Bruges. Excellent vegetarian food in friendly setting.

 Wapenmakersstraat 5 – Bruges

 +32 50 66 03 66


Resto Reliva

Small family run vegan restaurant in a quiet side street with great food.

 Goezeputstraat 6 -Bruges

 +32 50 331307


Resto De Bottelier

A gorgeous little restaurant next to a canal in a quiet part of Bruges.

 Sint Jakobsstraat 63 -Bruges


Chang Thong Thai

Very authentic Thai restaurant with great food to match.

 Kleine Hoefijzerstraat 3, 8000 Bruges

 +32 50 33 44 05



Favorite place of locals, enjoy soups, pasta, salads, woks, wraps, open till midnight, reservation needed

 Oostmeers 124

 +32 50 33 04 54


Bruges promoted in high profile Unesco campaign.

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Bruges has been selected as one of the 34 world heritage sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage Journeys, a brand new campaign set up by UNESCO and National Geographic with the cooperation of the EU and the participating sites. With this initiative, the partners want to promote world heritage sites in Europe specifically to the cultural tourist.

The basis for the campaign is a brand new website in English, French, and Chinese that is built around four themes: ‘Ancient Europe’, ‘Romantic Europe’, ‘Royal Europe’ and ‘Underground Europe’.

Bruges ended up in the theme ‘Romantic Europe’ together with the historic center of Vilnius and San Gimignano, the Mont-Saint-Michel, Pafos (Cyprus), the cultural landscapes of Wachau (Austria), Lednice-Valtice (Czech Republic) and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (Germany). Representatives of the Tourism and Heritage Services of all these sites worked closely together at a number of international workshops.

The focus of the campaign is on sustainable tourism. M Rössler, director of the World Heritage Center at UNESCO: “Our goal is to encourage people to travel differently, to stay longer at one destination, to experience the local culture and to acquire a greater knowledge of the values of the World Heritage.

Renaat Landuyt, mayor of Bruges: “Bruges is an international city that attracts visitors from all over the world, more and more often from distant markets that stop during a tour in Europe in Bruges. The slogan of the campaign ‘Travel differently, travel deeper’ fits in perfectly with our strategy to mainly encourage the added value seeker to stay in Bruges. The fact that we get the support of reputable partners for this offers opportunities that we did not have access to until today. “

Relocating business employees to Bruges or Ghent

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Appointing an international business employee to Belgium?

Visa and passports

An identity card or valid passport is necessary.

  1. Eu-citizen: An ordinary identity card is sufficient for most citizens of the European Union.
  2. Non-Eu-citizen: If you arrive in Belgium from outside the European Union, you must first pass through customs. There are no border controls once inside the European Union. Check at the Belgian embassy or consulate in your own country to find out exactly what documents you need

Addresses of foreign Embassies and Consulates in Belgium

Registering with the immigration authorities

  • Non-Belgian citizens wanting to settle in Bruges must register with the local immigration office.
  • The relocation office of the city of Bruges processes residency applications for international employees submitted by a relocation partner.

How to submit an application to the relocation office?

  • As relocation partner you complete the entire application.
  • Verify that the international employee holds a long-term residency visa (type D visa).
    Adresses of Belgian embassies and consulates.
  • Family of the international employee who also have a long-term residency visa (type D visa) can be registered at the same time.

Processing of applications

  • After the application has been submitted, a residency check will be conducted by a community police officer (wijkagent).
  • Then you can make an appointment with the relocation office for the finalisation of the registration process.


Depending on the nationality of the employee, he or she must pay a federal fee. (€60, €200 or €350)  This fee covers administrative expenses in relation to the processing of the application and will not be refunded in the event that the application is unsuccessful.

Applying for a work permit

Most international employees need a work permit to be able to work in Belgium. Some employees are exempt from the work permit obligation based on their nationality, status, and nature or duration of their employment.

Work permit types

  • Work permit type A: unlimited duration.
  • Work permit type B:  maximum duration of 12 months.
  • Work permit type C: limited duration only.

Who must submit the work permit application?

The application for a type A or C work permit must be submitted by the international employee at the Flemish Government.

The application for a type B work permit must be submitted by the employer on behalf of the international employee. If the application is approved, the employee will automatically receive his or her type B work permit.


Top Contemporary Art Galleries in Bruges, Knokke and Ghent

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From fine chocolate tastings, diamond polishing shows at the Diamantmuseum, rides on horse-drawn carriages, to intimate boat trips on the canal, the picturesque city of Bruges hosts a wide array of unique cultural sights and one-of-a-kind, leisurely activities. For those of you who enjoy the finer things in life, hidden and juxtaposed among the charming Renaissance buildings, waffles and lace shops are also some of the world’s most exquisite contemporary art galleries. The nearby cities of Ghent and Knokke on the other hand host fantastic contemporary art galleries, which can be paired to contrast with a visit to the beautiful medieval 12th century castle in Ghent, dinner in PatersholI, the beach or nightlife in Knokke, or sights such as the Ghent Cathedral. In this article, we present the various contemporary art galleries you might want to visit on your luxury visit to the incredible in and around Bruges.

Bruges Gallery weekend 2018: 17 until 19 aug 2018.

Absolute Art Gallery

In 2000, Yoeri, Miguel and Yvan De Backer founded Absolute Art Gallery, which prides itself on representing young, renowned, international and Belgian artists. The gallery actually has four different locations in Belgium, but the gallery in Bruges offers visitors a particular charm which arguably surpasses the others–it faces one of the oldest canals, Dijver, in the center of the medieval town and in close vicinity to the Groeninge and Gruuthuse museum.

A wide range of contemporary art can be spotted here–figurative and abstract paintings, photography and even sculptures. Approximately thirty-five artists are represented by the gallery, and each artist has his or her own unique niche, and the works of excellent artists such as Mauro Perucchetti, Carlos Mata, Christine Comym, Peter Zuur, Wim Ricourt are exhibited there. The solo shows, group exhibitions, and special events provide a fresh and ever-changing environment.

The beautiful, warm, and welcoming atmosphere at all times makes this gallery a particular gem, and it’s one of the few galleries practically always open to the public six days a week. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. and closed only on Wednesdays.

The gallery has regularly exhibited over the years in various art fairs such as Yia Young International Art Fair in Paris, Scope Art Fair in Basel, Raw Art Fair in Rotterdam, Pan Art Fair in Amsterdam, and Art Paris Art Fair, so on the international level, Absolute Art Gallery sits with some of the best.

The highly professional and attentive team is there to assist visitors, buyers and collectors from all over the world. The pieces of art on sale, which are for both the beginner and more experienced collector, are on offer from about €2,500 or more. There is also a large collection of books on art which can be bought at your visit.

Absolute Art Gallery, Dijver 4-5, Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 49 10 12 

Museum Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí

The Museum Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí in Bruges is an exclusive opportunity to view the artist’s outstanding collection of sculptures and famous works of art and get a taste for the artist’s flamboyant personality.

Hosted in a medieval hall designed by the iconic Barron Saint Mythelfinger, the space has been transformed into a Dalí-esque showroom filled with gold, mother-of-pearl and bright pink interiors, typifying the Spanish artist’s ‘’love of everything that is gilded and excessive’’. This one-of-a-kind space is a special and unforgettable place to relax and enjoy the quirky world of Dalí.

Belfort, Markt 7, 8000, Bruges, Belgium

44 Gallery

44 Gallery exhibits exceptional photography of young, upcoming and established European artists with a focus on talented Belgian artists. Some of the biggest names in contemporary photography are on sale, including works of Titus Simoens, Renzo de Ceuster, Paul D’haese, Patrick Bardyn and Stephanie Yoshiwara. All the works are signed and are limited editions.

The gallery’s aim is to promote unconventional,  thought-provoking, and sometimes uncomfortable photography which questions today’s culture and society. Intellectually stimulating, the selected works are delightfully riveting and the experience is a wonderful addition to the cultural sites of the city.

There are photographs displayed to suit everyone’s taste, and for the beginner collector or individual wishing to take home an intriguing souvenir, there are also very affordable unique limited edition works in smaller sizes on sale from a price point of €150 to €300.

44 Gallery, Genthof 44, Bruges, Belgium, +32 489 55 26 63

Guy Pieters Gallery

Guy Pieters Gallery in the swanky town of Knokke home to staple museums, art galleries, gastronomical experiences and unusual shops, is one of the most magnificent galleries in the area and arguably one of the best in the world.

Guy Pieters was born in the small yet artistic village of Sint-Martens-Latem, the hub of Flemish expressionism, and is today one of the world’s leading gallerists. The gallery showcases Post-War and contemporary art, with its success largely determined by Guy’s life-long relationships with the artists. With New Realism and Pop Art alongside emerging artists, Guy Pieters Gallery has a reputation that exceeds beyond Belgium. His gallery is exhibiting at BRAFA Art Fair and is a regular at the best art fairs in the world, among others the Biennale in Venice.

Some of the artists displayed at the gallery are Karel Appel, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Robert Indiano, James Rosenquist, and many others. Over the years, Guy Pieters has edited several books, including the catalogue raisonné of Yves Klein.

For a world-class and unforgettable experience, Guy Pieters Gallery is a venue that you must visit.

Albertplein 15BE-8300 Knokke-Heist, +32 (0)50 80 00 10

Gallery Ganache

Gallery Ganache is a place where visitors can relax, have a coffee and a chocolate after visiting other sites, and enjoy the art. The charming gallery started as a chocolatier and now exhibits world-class art for visitors to enjoy. Their philosophy is that art is for everybody–it’s an open and warm space located in the historical center of Ghent next to the Sint Bavo Cathedral.

The art exhibited in this lovely gallery is of new, upcoming artists as well as well-known artists of Belgium and international origin, and the price point of the spectacular works on display start from about €1,500 to €5,000, although some small sculptures can be obtained from €300 – €500.

Limburgstraat 14, 9000 Gent, Belgium +32 499 97 61 48

Art Gallery Groeninge – Paul Van Hecke

Born in Bruges in March 1954, Paul Van Hecke is a unique artist and the gallery is unlike any other in the city. After studying Art at Sint-Lucas Institute in Ghent, Paul went on a romantic, nostalgic journey to the East in search of deeper meanings and an understanding of his inner self, meeting with various masters in India and the Himalayas. It is through his travels and deep meditation sessions that he began to realise a new meaning in colors, and it was from here his unique style developed. Paul returned from the East and opened his gallery and atelier in 1999, and from thereon in his space has become a staple of Bruges’ contemporary art scene.

Van Hecke’s paintings display a unique sense of conscious color unique to the city and are in themselves objects of healing. For a burst of color, Art Gallery Groeninge is a must-see.

Art Gallery Groeninge, Nieuwe Gentweg 27, Bruges, Belgium, +32 50 3418 36

source:  Natalie Maxted, London

Magical Winter Moments in Bruges

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Bach Academie 15-20 jan | 2019

In this Bach Academy everything revolves around the relationship between heaven and earth, between the believers and their Saviour, at Ascension and Pentecost: with cantatas, concerti and cinematographic creations; with stars to worship and talent to discover; and of course with Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe.

Heaven laughs, Earth exults! Bach was perhaps never more clear in his examination of the relationship between heaven and earth than in his famous Easter cantata, but the Bach Academy Bruges has found many ways to explore the subject.

This eighth edition of the festival uses “Heaven on earth” as its guide. The exceptional programme includes the rarely performed Concertos for three and four harpsichords by Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin  and Claire Croizé’s Flowers (we are), with three dancers and two pianists playing a new composition inspired by Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.


  • cat. 3:  € 168
  • cat. 2: € 186
  • cat. 1: € 206


Wintervonken 25-26 jan | 2019

From 17.00 you can find yourself a cozy and comfortable spot on the winter terrace,  fire-warmed! courtesy of the Fire Masters. At 19.30 and 21.00, Vincent Glowinski will perform with his intriguing spectacle ‘Human Brush’.In between, you can enjoy a range of surprising entertainments and installations on and around the winter terrace. The second performance by Vincent Glowinski is followed by a live concert.

Location: Burg

Opening hours

Fri 25 January 2019 17:00 tot Sat 26 January 2019 23:30

Costumés de Venise 12 – 13 jan | 2019

The Costumés is an international group of 100 beautifully costumed men and women who will stay two days in the city and bring the atmosphere of the baroque Venice to Bruges.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January 2019

4 parades + 1 nocturnal

Before they go to Venice for the Carnaval they come to Bruges first to show they beautifull new costumes for the 1st time to the public.

There will be 4 parades and 1 nocturnal show on the Burg.

Program :

Saturday January 12th 2019

10AM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Markt 

2PM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Markt

6.30-8PM :Nocturnal on the big stage at Burg Square

Sunday January 13th 2019

10AM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Oude Burg

2PM :Departure from the inner court of the Hallen below the Belfort tower. Continue via Oude Burg

Visitors and passers-by will be able to enjoy free of charge the beautiful spectacle!

Come and see, it’s free!


The festive season in Bruges includes the  Ice Rink (Winter in Bruges) andBruges Christmas Market.  Many stalls can found on the Market Square and on Simon Stevinplein (Ice Rink).

The cozy Christmas atmosphere at the Christmas market in Bruges helps make Bruges Winter Market one of the most vibrant markets of the country.

Winter market  Bruges :

When: 23/11/18 –  1/01/2019

So why is Bruges a favorite Christmas market destination in Europe? From 23 November until 1 January the entire old town of Bruges (Brugge) as it’s known, transforms into a Christmas market wonderland.

In addition to a wonderful atmosphere and plenty of seasonal jollity, you will also be able to find that unusual last-minute present for someone special. In addition, you can enjoy the ice rink.

When: November 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019

Where: Bruges, Belgium

Map: Bruges on Google Maps

Official Website:

Magical Winter Moments

Located in the heart of the city and also known as “The Grand Christmas Happening Bruges”, this happening is a stylish and festive event, which features all the latest trends in interior and floral decoration.

Master florists and design aficionados will be displaying brilliant Christmas floral arrangements combined with plenty of opportunities to buy nice souvenirs.

When: November 23- November 27-November 2018

Where: Old St Jan, Bruges, Belgium

Official Website:

The 17th Midwinter Festival

The Midwinter Festival is definitely worth a visit if you want to get into the Christmas spirit.
This charming Festival will be bringing its Christmas cheer to the Sint-Annawijk again this year. (Christmas market with traditional products on the Balstraat – the perfect place to pick up gifts made with love and care).
The stalls will be selling trinkets, delicious snacks and drinks. You can warm up in the Folklore Museum with its inviting museum café. Look around the museum and take part in the activities on offer, including the family craft table. On the other side of the street, the Lace Museum will be opening its doors, offering an exhibition, demonstrations, and workshops. If you’re looking for a Christmassy atmosphere, head for the Adornesdomein, where there will be Christmas songs in the chapel.

When: December  9

Where: Sint-Annawijk, Bruges, Belgium

Ice Sculpture Festival Bruges

The Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Belgium display amazing artworks where artists from all over the globe have created a wonderful world of ice in the first ever digital ice museum! Video projections light up a panorama of ice sculptures – each at least four meters high – for visitors to the museum to marvel at. Come and see this magnificent, magical show, complete with 3D projections – it’s super-cool.

When: November 24- November 06-January 2019

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BRAFA Art Fair 2019

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One of the oldest and most highly acclaimed art fairs in the world, the Brussels Art Fair (BRAFA) will open its doors to the public on Friday, January 26th, 2019 for nine days.

Since its establishment in 1956, BRAFA’s reputation and remit have grown dramatically. Originally held in the Arlequin Hall of the Galerie Louiza and thereafter the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the fair now exhibits at the prodigious Tour & Taxis, a former train station, and icon of 19th-century Belgian industrial architecture. The larger exhibition space has allowed the fair to expand its number of participants dramatically from what was initially twenty Belgian antique dealers to what is now one hundred and thirty exhibitors from both Belgium and abroad.

The first Brussels Art Fair was an antique fair, but it has since substantially expanded its range of works for sale. The pieces of art and objects showcased now at BRAFA span a staggering five thousand years of history. The artworks range from antiques to furniture, art from the Middle Ages to contemporary art and design, and from comic strips to porcelain to pique the interests of over sixty-thousand collectors and visitors from all over the world. The fair’s rigorous selection process ensures the art displayed is some of the best in the world, and as it is the first major global art exhibition of the year, BRAFA is commonly regarded by experts as a critical barometer of the art market. The fair’s international standing and importance within the wider art fair framework was profoundly underlined in 2009 when it was placed under the High Protection of Her Majesty Queen Paola.

The eclectic range of works on display at BRAFA coincides with the rich cultural history of Brussels itself within the wider European narrative. The early history of Brussels has traces spanning back to the Stone age and following this, the region was under Roman occupation, the Frankish Empire and flourished during the Middle Ages when it became a commercial hub. It played a pivotal role in Early European history during the Early and Late modern periods, becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1830. During the 20th century, the city underwent extensive modernization, achieving an international appreciation for its Art Nouveau, Art Deco and industrial architecture, which sits in stark contrast to Bruges’ medieval architecture. An international nucleus, Brussels serves as de facto capital of the European Union, and in 2000, the city was named as a European Capital of Culture.

Whether you want to buy a remarkable work of art to impress Bob and Debra down the road, have a New Year’s resolution to improve your chat at dinner parties, or just wish to travel through the ages on a visual culture journey while on holiday in Belgium, BRAFA is a phenomenal opportunity to tickle the visual senses.



Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 88, BE-1000 Brussels, Belgium


26 JAN – 3 FEB | 2019

Friday 25 January 201912 noon – 10 pm
Brafa Exclusive Viewing
Saturday 26 January 201911 am – 7 pm
Sunday 27 January 201911 am – 7 pm
Monday 28 January 201911 am – 7 pm
Tuesday 29 January 201911 am – 7 pm
Wednesday 30 January 201911 am – 7 pm
Thursday 31 January 201911 am – 10 pm
Late opening
Friday 1 February 201911 am – 7 pm
Saturday 2 February 201911 am – 7 pm
Sunday 3 February 201911 am – 7 pm



Day ticket25 €
16-26 years old10 €
< 16 years oldfree
Groups (≥ 10 people)15 € per person
Brafa Exclusive Viewing*80 €
Catalogue*15 €
Combination tickets*:
1 entry + 1 catalogue30 €
2 entries + 1 catalogue55 €

Buy tickets here


Free.  Daily at 4 pm at the Brafa Lounge – stand 46a
Curators, experts, journalists and other well-known figures of the Belgian and international art world give inspiring lectures on various subjects related to art.

BRAFA has joined forces with the non-profit association BIAPAL to organize these BRAFA ART TALKS. Daily at 4 pm, you are invited to attend a talk by a renowned art-world personality who specializes in curating or in the art market. They will take turns to share their knowledge and expertise on diverse and fascinating subjects. So many chances to discover artists, eras, artworks, famous art-world characters and to broaden your knowledge of art and the art market!

View programme online


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300 Years of Fine Art in Bruges

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This year, the Bruges Academy for the Fine Arts celebrates its 300th anniversary of founding. Established in 1717, the Bruges Academy may count itself as one of the oldest art institutions in the Lowlands. To celebrate this occasion, the Groeningemuseum has organized an exhibition of paintings from its collection by the most important local Bruges artists from the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th century. For a solid three hundred years, children, adolescents and adults have been tutored by experienced teachers and artists, and so contributed to the artistic culture of Bruges.

The Bruges Academy also played an important cultural-historical role in Europe. When the city government of Rijsel wanted to found their own academy, they came to Bruges for inspiration. In 1761, the Bruges Academy for the Fine Arts was named “the very best” (alongside an institution in Antwerp) by the General Governor de Cobenzl of the Austrian Lowlands.

Today the Academy serves as an art school for young and old alike . During the celebrations, they will base themselves on the history of the Academy to look at the present and future of the school. This month (November) the Academy will be organizing great, themed expositions in the Stadshallen and the Poortersloge.

The exhibition in the Groeningemuseum will feature works from the golden age of the Bruges Academy. The Academy trained a number of painters who later finished their education abroad. One of those painters named Jean-François Legillon was even appointed as a member of the prestigious ‘Académie Royale’ in Paris. Some of his paintings will be on display among the works of Matthias de Visch, Jan Anton Garemijn, Gerard de San, Jean-Bernard Duvivier, Albert Gregorius, Joseph-Denis Odevaere and François-Joseph Kinsoen.

At the Stadshallen, six themes will be featured on the exhibition presented by the Bruges Academy. All of these themes are contemporary but also offer a window in to history. One of these themes is “freedom”. Starting from November 8th, artist are allowed to draw, paint and sell their works. The Bruges Academy was the only democratic  Academy. Anyone with talent was allowed to enter, no matter your status or rank.

“Networking” is another theme because in the world of today, who can live without it? In 1771, Joseph-Benoît Suvée won the Prix de Rome, which was pretty much the UEFA championship for painters back in the day. He enabled dozens of Belgian painters to advance their careers in Paris and Rome.

If you erased all of the buildings where architect Louise Delacenserie had a hand in, not a whole lot of downtown Bruges would remain. “Public Landscape” is a theme chosen by the school because Louise Delacenserie was an alumni and principal of the Academy. The other themes that surface in the Stadshallen exhibition are “Arts & Crafts”, “Feminism and Emancipation” and “Individualism”.

We could go a little more in depth on all of  these wonderful events, but I advise you to explore them for yourselves. After all, beauty (or art for that matter) is in the eye of the beholder.


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