September traditionally marks the beginning of the new cultural season in Brussels, accompanied – it is becoming something of a tradition – by a brand-new BRUZZ Select in which we look forward to the cultural autumn.
Each BRUZZ Select is made with great joy and dedication, but this issue required even more dedication than usual. In contrast to the recent and healthy past, all of the events listed here are subject to change. We do not know what the future holds, especially for Brussels’s cultural sector. We do know that NOW is the time to support the crippled sector.
The familiar appearance of torn photos in this BRUZZ Select has suddenly taken on a whole new meaning in this context. If you want your favourite concert hall, cinema, theatre, or museum in Brussels to be alive and kicking after this terrible crisis, you will have to visit them now.
To experience culture is to experience your city. There is no Brussels without culture. Think of this BRUZZ Select as a statement and an appeal. Readers: do not be crippled by fear. Come out of your house. Stick to the safety measures and dive into our cultural life. The cultural sector is ensuring meticulously and professionally that every event and activity will be organized in the safest possible way.
As usual, we have arranged the new cultural season into handy overviews by discipline. The selection for theatre & dance, art & literature, and film is surprisingly ambitious despite the current crisis, only the music category is slightly smaller than you would otherwise expect: big international artists are not – for the time being at least – venturing to come here. But the limited number of audience members of 200 people for indoor concerts also makes booking international stars financially impossible.
As a result, you will discover even more Brussels and Belgian artists than usual in this magazine – which you can read below in its entirety in PDF form, but which will also be available online at BRUZZ.be/culture in the coming days. This is by no means a weakness. Indeed, who could complain about a season headlined by Lisbeth Gruwez, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Koenraad Tinel, Precy Numbi, Vincent Glowinski, Jacques Feyder, Chantal Akerman, Sylvie Kreusch, and Stef Kamil Carlens?
So we’ll see you soon in front of one of the many stages, art collections, or cinema screens in the capital.
Kristof Pitteurs, editor-in-chief
& Gerd Hendrickx, culture coordinator