Brussels will be shining brightly


In the next few days, Brussels will be shining brightly with more than 30 shows, lanterns and other brightly lit installations in a series of festivals that will be erupting around the capital. From “Bright Brussels, Festival of Light” to “Light the Heart of Europe”, not forgetting “Citizen Lights”, it will be arrayed in its best to bewitch its residents and visitors of all ages. From 22 till 28 February 2048, the Brussels-Capital Region will be dazzling visitors with various festivals of lights organised at the end of this month. Between video mappings, lantern processions, futuristic light installations and giant Chinese lanterns, the capital will be showing itself off to its best advantage. Bright Brussels, Festival of Light (from 22 till 25 February) From 22 till 25 February, at nightfall, Bright Brussels, Festival of Lights will light up a number of districts in the centre of Brussels. From the quay district to the Place du Nouveau Marché aux Grains, by way of the Béguinage, installations, some more unusual than others, will light up the capital. Bright Brussels, Festival of Light will offer visitors and residents a unique opportunity to see the authentic districts of the capital in a very different light. In particular, they will be able to explore hidden treasures like the Béguinage district and the Pacheco Institute. Times : 6.30 pm to 11 pm Venues : Béguinage–Dixmude and Dansaert districts More information : Light the Heart of Europe (from 22 till 28 February) 2018 marks the year of European Union-China tourism. For this occasion, the City of Brussels, in cooperation with the European Commission and the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU, will be hosting a one-week event: a festival of lanterns. The installation is a display of giant Chinese lanterns as a celebrating the craft of lanterns, an integral part of Chinese cultural heritage, in the heart of Brussels. The lanterns will portray symbols of both Chinese and Belgian culture, including for instance the Atomium. The lanterns are displayed on and around the Grand-Place.

Citizen Lights (from 23 till 24 February) Citizen Lights is the light festival that brightens up the end of winter in Schaerbeek. Festive, family-friendly and environmentally friendly, it is held in the Avenue Louis Bertrand district, the street that typifies this friendly, beautiful district, where everyone is welcome. Visitors that stroll through the streets of the district will be able to admire the installations by local and international artists, who will vie with each other in beauty and originality. A lantern procession, decorative lights on remarkable buildings, illumination of the stainedglass windows of our most beautiful houses, pavilions of light and sound and more… Young and old will be transported by this brilliant event and take an active part in this second Citizen Lights festival.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.