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Bruxelles-les-Bains: celebrating the Canal... and the football

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2014-06-19 – Bruxelles-les-Bains will run from 4 July to 10 August 2014, with Quai des Péniches playing host for the 12th year running to this event which brings a mood of celebration and fun to the capital during the summer period.

On a site 500 metres long and measuring 12,000 m2, a genuine waterside resortwill be created right in the heart of Europe’s capital. Exploring the artistic and cultural programme, enjoying a change of scene, relaxing, recharging your batteries, meeting up with friends, playing, getting into the festive mood, dancing, laughing, exercising...once again, the possibilities on offer will be plentiful this summer.

The water-based activities(including pedalos, kayaks and cruises) introduced last year (see opposite, left) were a great success, and will therefore be on the programme again this year. But as ever, there will also be a series of new features, including World Cup matches shown on the big screen.

Ifthe Red Devils make itat least as far as the quarter-finals, this could be enough to break the attendance record of 400,000 visitors set last year, compared with 150,000 to 300,000 in previous years.

The other new features are as follows:

  • The opening show, ‘Quai to Kaai’: Bruxelles-les-Bains and Molenbeek 2014 combine their creative energies for a brilliant, fusional sound and light show. Both sides of the Canal will be set ablaze during a magical evening.Dance, percussion, circus and fireworks will set the Canal alight, inaugurating five weeks of waterside festivities. The dialogue between the two banks is the focus of this encounter between street and contemporary culture. The artists and performers will traverse the elements, moving between water and fire, in a show that symbolically bridges municipalities and cultures. Friday 4 July – 10.30 p.m. - Quai des Péniches, Bruxelles-les-Bains.
  • Kids rule the beach: new playgrounds,creative workshops, an ‘All aboard’ barge (a floating, partly open-air play space), and a magical musical for 3-12-year-olds.
  • Street Art on the beach with ‘Canal Pixel People’: the Brussels artists’ collective Farm Prod takes by storm the Canal front of the Citroën building – a gem of Brussels architecture from the 1930s – with a monumental fresco of over 600 m² (see photo).
  • Opera: in collaboration with the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie,operas are projected on the big screen, with previously unseen extras: anyone can watch, comfortably seated in a deckchair with their feet in the sand.
  • God Save the 90’s: an outdoor theme party in funky and fluorescent mood.
  • New sporting events, including the Red Bull Tour Adventure (interactive climbing walls you can jump down in a giant airbag)and the Jn-Joy Athletic Days: high jump and long jumpon four tracks as part of the ‘100 metre street event’ organised by the Sports services of the City of Brussels.
  • Rally track: go-kartson a specially created circuit.

Detailed programme: