Horizon 2030 cultural events put Cinquantenaire park in the spotlight

From April to August, Cinquantenaire park in Brussels will host a series of events that celebrate knowledge, heritage and cultural institutions. These Horizon 2030 events serve as a preview of Belgium's 200th anniversary in 2030.

The aim is to turn the park into a socio-cultural flagship by 2030, the year in which Belgium celebrates its 200th anniversary. The plans for this transformation were already outlined by the federal government last year. At a press conference, a series of events was now presented that will already put the park in the spotlight in the coming months.

Besides the usual events, such as the Brussels 20km race and celebrations on the national holiday on 21 July, several other activities will be organised. These include a geocaching game, a photo exhibition with unique archive pieces and small museums that serve as a teaser for the museums at the park – the Royal Military Museum, the Royal Museums of Art and History and Autoworld.

The event series will start on 13 April with a day full of activities under the colonnades, including dance battles, an introduction to skateboarding and a street art workshop. At the end, there will be music by the Belgian artists Mentissa and Puggy.

"The event series should serve as a foretaste of Cinquantenaire as a place to be," said Emmanuel Angeli, art and strategy supervisor at the non-profit Brussels Major Events, which organises Horizon 2030 with the National Lottery and non-profit Horizon 50-200.


Triumphal Arch at Cinquantenaire Park in Brussels © BELGA PHOTO SISKA GREMMELPREZ

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