Belgium: Antwerp & Brussels
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Antwerp is a port city in the Belgian region of Flanders.
Among its main sights are the Renaissance City Hall, the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady with tryptichs by Ruben, and the modern Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) about Antwerp and its connection to the world.
Antwerp: Grote Markt
Antwerp: MAS / Museum aan de Stroom
photo: Lebak Photography / Neutelings Riedijk Architecten
The Plantin-Moretus Museum allows you to visit the residence and workshop of a 16th-century publishing dynasty. On creaking oak planks, you can discover the history of books, the art of printing and the oldest printing presses in the world ...
On the central Grote Markt, you will find a statue of Brabo and the giant's hand. This is based on a mythical Roman soldier who killed a giant, thus providing the city with a great story about its name. Today. you can also buy hand-shaped biscuits and chocolates. And try the moules & frites!
JEF loves youth film. JEF brings quirky, high-quality youth films to cinemas and schools, and into people's homes. But JEF is more than just film. JEF is a festival. JEF is for and by young people, encouraging them to participate in workshops, to make their own films and to experiment with new media formats.
JEF is the youth film contact for everyone involved in youth, film and new media, at school or in leisure time. And JEF stimulates directors and actors to strive for a broader and better Flemish youth film production.
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Brussels is the bilingual capital of Belgium, home of Tintin and the Maneken Pis and a great place to eat fries and chocolate.
Brussels: Grand Place
Brussels: Maneken Pis
photo: Emma Line
One of the top sights is the central Grand Place with the town hall, Breadhouse and Baroque guildhalls. Not far from here is the Manneken Pis, a fountain with a bronze sculpture of a young boy taking a pee. It’s small and well hidden, not that easy to find!
Other attractions are the Atomium, a 103-metre high metal structure built for the 1958 World Fair, the Magritte Museum with the world's largest collection works by the surrealist artist René Magritte and the Belgian Comic Strip Center where you can visit Tintin, Lucky Luke, Cubitus, Gaston and the Marsupilami. Apart from the permanent exhibition dedicated to Belgian comics, there is a library, reading room and "Slumberland" shop.
Finally, don’t forget to try the famous Belgian chocolate and waffles and have some mussels ( "moules frites") with fries. Or just fries.
Filem'On, the International Children Film Festival, celebrates his 10th anniversary in 2016 from 30 October to 6 November on eight different cinemas and cultural centres in Brussels.
Filem'On, was founded in 2007 to promote intelligent and artistic cinematic works for ages 2-15 in Belgium. Each year the festival presents about 130 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world plus premieres, retrospectives (also with live music), a European exchange about film and media literacy, filmmaker Q&As, a jury of youngsters and a lot of film workshops. "The Bella Brussella" Awards are rewarded to national and international films and TV series for pre-schoolers, kids and teens.
But the festival has become much more than just an annual event. Filem'On offers year-round film programming, a touring film program, a monthly cinéclub and film production workshops for children ages 5-12. Filem'On reaches a mixed and multi-cultural audiences as the films and communication are translated into French, Dutch and English. (www.filemon.be)