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ProPulse 2013

The second annual ProPulse Festival kicked off last night in Brussels. I wrote about the first edition last year as I thought it was a great way to discover up-and-coming singers and bands from Belgium. Well it must have been a success for the organizers, the Performing Arts Federation of Wallonia-Brussels, as this year it has grown to include over 60 concerts and a wider variety of performances at three locations.

ProPulse Brussels

ProPulse focuses on showcasing local artists and musicians to the professional community (with the hope to boost their careers). Like last year, the festival is featuring rock, electronic, jazz, pop and world music concerts at Botanique on 6, 7 and 8 February. In addition, Flagey is hosting classical music performances and Les Halles de Schaerbeek is showing dance, theatre and other artistic acts during the week.

Day-time events are for professionals only but all of the evening concerts and shows are for the public, with an entrance fee of just €7. Listening to the web radio on the festival’s website, I spotted a couple of good artists that have concerts open to the public.

Sarah Carlier (who I already wrote about last year) – Thursday at 9:40pm

Vegas – Wednesday at 8:50pm

There are a few other performances each evening so it’s worth a look at the full program here. Not a bad line up for such a bargain price!

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Flagey 75

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Flagey, happy birthday to you! (I hope you sang along just now :)) The former radio broadcasting building turned cultural center, Flagey, is marking its 75th anniversary this year, and to celebrate is having a party this week.

Flagey Brussels

Built in 1938 by Belgian architect Joseph Diongre, Flagey was originally the home of the National Institute for Radio Broadcasting and one of the first broadcasting buildings in Europe. It’s an impressive landmark nestled between Place Flagey and the Ixelles Ponds, and if you use your imagination, looks a little bit like a steamboat. The studios, especially Studio 4, have amazing acoustics and have hosted numerous concerts and recordings over the decades. Renovated in 2002, this art deco building now serves as a venue for all types of musical performances, film showings and other cultural events. I’ve been to a few classical and jazz concerts at Flagey over the years and always enjoyed the intimate setting of the studios.

Flagey studio Brussels

Over the next four days, a special “Flagey 75” program will feature classical, jazz and big band music to celebrate this golden anniversary. Things kick off tonight with pianist Till Fellner exploring the 19th century with Robert Schumann and continue tomorrow with a performance by Musiques Nouvelles. On Friday, the Brussels Philharmonic will go back to Gatsby’s roaring twenties with ragtime and jazz from Shostakovich, Gershwin & Stravinksy. Then on Saturday evening the Matthew Herbert Big Band will get things swinging around 8pm, followed by an after party hosted by Radio Modern.

The anniversary year at Flagey continues with the Musiq3 Festival during the last weekend of June, the KlaraFestival in September and finally in December, a series of concerts around the “Voice”. The venue will also host some unique film screenings throughout the coming months, including an original documentary Phantom of Flagey featuring archival audio-visual material on 15 March.

Tickets for the concerts this week range between €20 and €35 (discounts for students) and can be bought online or at the door. If you happen to have a BNP Paribas Fortis card, you get a discount of 30% off all music productions at Flagey (except some of the festivals).

So here’s to you Flagey – happy birthday and many more!

Images via Flagey and Agenda Magazine.

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Ticket Giveaway – Visite Musicale

You guessed it, it’s time for another contest on Best of Brussels!

I have three sets of two tickets (6 in total) to give away to a very special, private concert. The cool website Bruxelles Ma Belle, which broadcasts live sessions with musicians in different places around town, is hosting a “Visite Musicale”, a mix between a concert and a guided tour of a unique location in Brussels. The concert will feature two bands, Isbells and Simon Dalmais, and will be held on Tuesday 9 October at La Bellone, an 18th century building near Place Sainte Catherine.

Here is a video of the first Visite Musicale which was held last May in an old cinema.

For your chance to win, just leave a comment for this post and I will select 3 winners from the list at random. The contest closes at midnight Monday 8 October so don’t delay!

Good luck! This will be a really special event!

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RTBF DJ Experience – Ticket contest

It’s been a while since we had a ticket giveaway on Best of Brussels so who’s up for a little contest? I’ve got two VIP tickets to the RTBF DJ Experience taking place tomorrow night at Tour & Taxis up for grabs!

The 7thedition of this huge event is a great way to celebrate the end of summer in Brussels. TV and radio presenters from RTBF will take a spin at the decks, joined by local and well-known DJs like Compuphonic, Surfing Leons and Quentin Mosimann, from 10pm until 6am. The 10,000m2 set up will include three stages (vintage, club and open-air), all with different music styles. See the website for the full line-up. Last year’s DJ Experience drew a crowd of 12,000 so hopefully that’s a sign for another good party this year.

And even better, all of the proceeds go to Cap 48, the RTBF charity that aims to raise awareness about disability and support projects working on the integration of persons with disabilities in society.

For your chance to win, just leave a comment for this post and I will select a winner from the list at random. The contest closes at midnight today so don’t delay! The winner will receive the tickets by email tomorrow morning.

Good luck and hope to see you there!

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