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13th Port of Brussels Festival

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2014-05-07 – The Port of Brussels will be holding the 13th Port Festival on Sunday 18 May 2014 from 10 am to 7 pm. Throughout the day, dozens of free activities will be organised for the public over a total area of 10,000 m² divided between Quai de Heembeek, the Béco Dock and the BRYC. As in previous years, entry and all activities are completely free of charge.

This event will once again allow the public to discover or rediscover their city’s port but also to learn about its roles in promoting waterway transport (the most environmentally friendly mode of transport), employment and the economy; all of these roles are obviously relevant to sustainable development and the promotion of better mobility.

As a central component in the festivities, the Port will welcome several boats to the Canal’s banks, including the Artemis, the BNS Belgica, the Jantje, the Stern, the Ti-Punch and the Scherzo.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Port through a multitude of activities such as:

  • A two-wheeled Port tour: three guided tours through the Port of Brussels;
  • The skimparc: sliding around on a thin film of water;
  • The windsock, where the public can experience the thrill of the wind;
  • The exhibition ‘100 years of Radio Laeken’ (in collaboration with the BRYC);
  • The photography exhibition ‘The Senne Canal: an ecological corridor in the heart of Brussels’ (in collaboration with Natagora);
  • Vertical theatre artist and superb acrobat Noah Chorny;
  • A show on the barge Fulmar;
  • River trips in inflatable dinghies;
  • The rowing challenge.

Exhibition ‘By the waterside’

An exhibition tracing the key dates in the history of the Port and Canal over the centuries.

For music fans

The Port Festival will host several bands for a waterfront concert. In collaboration with ‘Molenbeek Capital of Culture 2014’, the Port of Brussels will present the group MolemCapitale and Rojah Lao, Combo Jazz (the Belgian Navy’s jazz band), the Males de Mer (Irish folk band) and Krakens (groovy jazz/ Afro beat).

And for children...

‘Accrovoile’: climbing ship’s masts; ‘Badge me’: a workshop where children can create their own badges; ‘Au fil de l'imagination’: craft activity workshops using recycled materials; an introduction to making model boats; and building a small boat with plastic bottles.

Free transport

A river shuttle service (the Gueuse, the Vivaldi and the Mozart) and a STIB bus service between Quai de Heembeek and the Béco Dock will be made available to the public in order to travel between the different festival sites. Free parking will also be provided.

The complete programme: