Park Leopold Day 

Spotlight
10-09-2022

Park Leopold Day

Briuselis
European Quarter
Briuselis
Leopold Park

-Informacija pateikiama tik anglų kalba- Enjoy a day full of cultural activities in the green heart of the European Quarter.

Park Leopold Day

Briuselis
European Quarter
Briuselis
Leopold Park

For the second time, the institutions and organisations that call Park Leopold their home will join forces and open their doors to welcome visitors of all ages for a community event. Locals and visitors alike can discover the free programme packed full of activities - from guided tours, to exhibitions and performances, there is something for everybody to enjoy. At the end of a day full of exciting discoveries, sit back and enjoy an inspiring cultural programme in the European Parliament Citizens’ Garden.

Nestled in the heart of the European quarter, leafy Park Leopold provides the backdrop for a variety of cultural centres, museums and political institutions that will take part in the one-day event including:

  • the European Parliament and its’ visitor facilities: the Citizens’ Garden, Hemicycle, House of European History, and Station Europe,
  • Czech Centre Brussels, GC De Maalbeek, Equama Kiosk and Welcome desk, Kult XL Ateliers, Museum of Natural Sciences and the Wiertz Museum,
  • City of Brussels, Etterbeek Commune, Ixelles Commune. 

Programme

All day activities (10:00 - 18:00)
Venue Programme Description

Citizen's Garden

 

Step into a serene green oasis made accessible to the public by the European Parliament. The garden in the former home of Belgian artist Antoine Wiertz was reborn as the Citizens’ Garden and hosts a wide range of free cultural programmes.

European Parliament Hemicycle

Hemicycle visits with multimedia guide and experimented speakers Visit the Hemicycle of the European Parliament to soak up the exciting atmosphere of the world’s most multilingual parliament. Find out about its powers and role and how it represents 477 million citizens across Europe with a personalised talk from experimented speakers. 
Languages: English, French and Spanish

House of European History 

Temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk!” Let the House of European History take you on a journey along the path of Europe's history and challenge you to contemplate its future.
During the day, the museum will give guided tours and expert talks in the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk!”, an exhibition about European history through posters from the last 100 years. In the afternoon, adults and families can take part in a creative workshop related to the exhibition, and design their very own poster. 

KULT XL Ateliers

Presentation of "KULT XL Ateliers"

Discover a new cultural venue in the European Quarter: KULT XL Ateliers. Open since August 2021, KULT XL Ateliers offers an exhibition hall and artists’ studios that are dedicated to contemporary visual arts. 

During the day, you can visit the premises with guided tours, and discover what KULT XL Ateliers is all about with presentations including some historical background about the Leopold Quarter, pictures from the building site and videos presenting the artists in residence. 

Guided tours will be available in French, English and Dutch, and will last 30-40 min, including a visit of one of the artist studios. Pre-registration is necessary. 

Museum of Natural Sciences

Science-themed outdoor activities 

On Park Leopold Day, come  to the garden and get a taste of what is on offer at the museum with interactive workshops. Visitors of all ages can take part in the activities organised outside the museum and be immersed in the wonderful world of natural sciences.  

Entrance of the park from Place Jean Rey/Jean Reyplein

Kiosk and European Canteen benches in the organisation of EQUAMA

Get informed and refreshed at the Kiosk welcome desk! You can enjoy handmade fresh lemonade, free outdoor games and the comfort of the benches of the European Canteen.

Lycée Jacqmain and Eggevoort Tower

Historic sites with group photo opportunities 

The old Institut de Physiologie, now the Lycée Jacqmain, previously hosted some of the first scientific congresses bringing great minds together from around the world. Why not follow in the footsteps of Einstein, Bohr and Curie and take a picture on the stairs overlooking the park?

Don’t miss the Eggevoort Tower at the bottom of the valley - the only remaining part of the medieval estate, dating from the 15th century.

Václav Havel Bench

In the words of Václav Havel from the Czech Cultural Centre

Collect a quote from the iconic Czech playwright and activist at this bench and learn about the legacy of Václav Havel.

In front of the House of European History 

Map creation workshop with City of Brussels  To mark the second Park Leopold Day, which encourages local residents and workers to reclaim their area, the City of Brussels is staging an interactive art workshop.
Participants will contribute their sewing and embroidery to create an artwork depicting the map of Park Leopold. It will then be kept as a souvenir of this all-inclusive event.
AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES (14:00 - 17:00)
Venue Programme Description

House of European History

14:00-17:00

Creative workshop “Walls talk... and you, what do you have to say?”
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Visitors of all ages can take part in a creative workshop related to the exhibition “When Walls Talk!” and design their very own poster. 

Wiertz Museum

14:00-16:00

Dance performances with Brussels Circus School and Imao dance company

Enjoy immersive dance performances from the Brussels Circus School and Imao dance company in the stunning setting of the Wiertz Museum.

House of European History

14:00-14:45 | 16:00-16:45

The stories behind the images
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Discover the stories behind the posters showcased in the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk!” from the artists themselves.

Near the Eggevoort Tower and the playground – see map

15:00-16:00

Outdoor yoga class with GC de Maalbeek

The community centre De Maalbeek proposes an open yoga class in the park.  
GUIDED TOURS (10:00 - 17:00)
Venue Programme Description

Station Europe, Place du Luxembourg

10.00-11.30

European Parliament Walking Tours
Language: Dutch
Click here to book your visit

Explore this unique neighbourhood, the European institutions as well as the quarter’s green spaces, its art, history and architectural gems on foot! With an experienced tour guide by your side, get ready to discover some of Brussels best-kept secrets and receive answers to all your questions.

The tours start on the esplanade of the European Parliament in front of the photo frame. 

Wiertz Museum

11:00-12.00

Guided tour of Wiertz Museum
Language: Dutch
Click here to book your visit

Tag along for a 60’ guided tour introducing you to the awe-inspiring oeuvre of the Belgian painter, sculptor and writer Antoine Wiertz.

Station Europe, Place du Luxembourg

11.00-12.30

European Parliament Walking Tours
Language: French 
Click here to book your visit

Explore this unique neighbourhood, the European institutions as well as the quarter’s green spaces, its art, history and architectural gems on foot! With an experienced tour guide by your side, get ready to discover some of Brussels best-kept secrets and receive answers to all your questions.

The tours start on the esplanade of the European Parliament in front of the photo frame. 

Station Europe, Place du Luxembourg

12:00-13:30

European Parliament Walking Tours
Language: English
Click here to book your visit

Explore this unique neighbourhood, the European institutions as well as the quarter’s green spaces, its art, history and architectural gems on foot! With an experienced tour guide by your side, get ready to discover some of Brussels best-kept secrets and receive answers to all your questions.

The tours start on the esplanade of the European Parliament in front of the photo frame. 

Wiertz Museum

12:00 - 13:00

Guided tour of Wiertz Museum
Language: English
Click here to book your visit

Tag along for a 60’ guided tour introducing you to the awe-inspiring oeuvre of the Belgian painter, sculptor and writer Antoine Wiertz.

House of European History

13.00-13:45

Guided tour of the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk!”
Languages: Dutch, French 
Click here to book your visit

Take a journey through European history with posters from the past 100 years. 

KULT XL Ateliers

13.00-13.30

Guided tour
Language: French
Booking: culture@ixelles.brussels (max. 12 people)
More information: culture@ixelles.brussels, 02 515 64 63

Visit the premises of this this new cultural venue with guided tours, see the artists’ studios and meet the artists in residency.

House of European History

14.00-14:45

Guided tour of the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk!”
Language: English
Click here to book your visit

Take a journey through European history with posters from the past 100 years.

Station Europe, Place du Luxembourg

14.00 -15.30

European Parliament Walking Tours
Language: German 
Click here to book your visit

Explore this unique neighbourhood, the European institutions as well as the quarter’s green spaces, its art, history and architectural gems on foot! With an experienced tour guide by your side, get ready to discover some of Brussels best-kept secrets and receive answers to all your questions.

The tours start on the esplanade of the European Parliament in front of the photo frame. 

KULT XL Ateliers

14.00-14.30

Guided tour
Language: Dutch 
Booking: culture@ixelles.brussels (max. 12 people)
More information: culture@ixelles.brussels, 02 515 64 63

Visit the premises of this this new cultural venue with guided tours, see the artists’ studios and meet the artists in residency.

KULT XL Ateliers

15:00-15:30 

Guided tour
Language: English 
Booking: culture@ixelles.brussels (max. 12 people)
More information: culture@ixelles.brussels, 02 515 64 63

Visit the premises of this this new cultural venue with guided tours, see the artists’ studios and meet the artists in residency.

House of European History

15.00-15:45

Guided tour of the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk!”
Languages: Dutch, French 
Click here to book your visit

Take a journey through European history with posters from the past 100 years.

Station Europe, Place du Luxembourg

15.00-16.30

European Parliament Walking Tours
Language: English
Click here to book your visit

Explore this unique neighbourhood, the European institutions as well as the quarter’s green spaces, its art, history and architectural gems on foot! With an experienced tour guide by your side, get ready to discover some of Brussels best-kept secrets and receive answers to all your questions.

The tours start on the esplanade of the European Parliament in front of the photo frame. 

KULT XL Ateliers

16.00–16.30

Guided tour
Language: French 
Booking: culture@ixelles.brussels (max. 12 people)
More information: culture@ixelles.brussels, 02 515 64 63

Visit the premises of this this new cultural venue with guided tours, see the artists’ studios and meet the artists in residency.

House of European History

16.00-16:45

Guided tour of the temporary exhibition “When Walls Talk!”
Language: English
Click here to book your visit

Take a journey through European history with posters from the past 100 years.

Wiertz Museum

16.00–17.00

Guided tour of Wiertz Museum
Language: French 
Click here to book your visit

Tag along for a 60’ guided tour introducing you to the awe-inspiring oeuvre of the Belgian painter, sculptor and writer Antoine Wiertz.

Station Europe, Place du Luxembourg

16.00-17.30

European Parliament Walking Tours
Language: French
Click here to book your visit

Explore this unique neighbourhood, the European institutions as well as the quarter’s green spaces, its art, history and architectural gems on foot! With an experienced tour guide by your side, get ready to discover some of Brussels best-kept secrets and receive answers to all your questions.

The tours start on the esplanade of the European Parliament in front of the photo frame. 

KULT XL Ateliers

17.00-17.30

Guided tour
Language: English
Booking: culture@ixelles.brussels (max. 12 people)
More information: culture@ixelles.brussels, 02 515 64 63

Visit the premises of this this new cultural venue with guided tours, see the artists’ studios and meet the artists in residency.

Cultural Evening Programme (18:00 - 21:00)
Venue Programme Description

Citizens’ Garden

18:15 - 18:45

Diab-quintet 
5 musicians, jazz, folk, world music

Diab Quintet is an acoustic band without frontiers, proposing an original music at the crossroads between classical, jazz, world music and improvisation. Made up of Jonathan De Neck, 
Corentin Dellicour, Esinam Dogbatse, Rui Salgado 
and Sébastien Taminiau, this band with experienced musicians, each one coming from different backgrounds, works the sonorities by mixing enchanting melodies with swinging rhythms.

19:15 - 19:45

Impro Brussels
Theatre performance

Impro Brussels is a Brussels-based theatre school and company, which focuses primarily on unscripted theatre offering classes and shows in English since 2013.

As part of Park Leopold Day, they will present a show in the Citizens’ Garden. The actors will not have a script, and will improvise the performance. 

As the show will be completely improvised, no one will know what is going to happen until it happens; the story will unfold in front of the audience’s eyes for a unique, unrepeatable theatre experience.
Don’t miss it!

Cast: Beth Staunton, Frank Wertelaers, Selim Vanbesie.

20:15 - 20:45

Quentin Dujardin - classical guitar & loopstation and Léo Ullmann - violin
Compositions by Quentin Dujardin

Quentin Dujardin (guitarist, composer and producer) has travelled the world with his classical guitar and Guitarist magazine has described his sound as “a sumptuous invitation to voyage”. 

The locations

Park Leopold, named after the first two Belgian Kings of the newly born state, has a stunning and long history that you can discover during dedicated walking tours linking the European Parliament to its historic neighbourhood.

Housed in the original building of the Brussels-Luxembourg train station, Station Europe bridges the area's past as the Leopold Quarter and its present as the European Quarter. It serves as a starting point for guided tours on the day of the event. 

The European Parliament Hemicycle is the vibrant heart of European democracy, where Members of the European Parliament gather during plenary sessions to hold the largest and most important debates. It also provides the setting for historic votes that change the way people live across the European Union.

The House of European History is located in the former Eastman dental clinic, which was financed by a donation in 1931 from the US-business man and philanthropist George Eastman, the inventor of the Kodak camera, to host a dental clinic for disadvantaged children. Today it hosts the House of European History’s permanent exhibition on six floors as well as the temporary exhibition "When Walls Talk!". 

The Solvay Library and the Lycée Jacqmain used to be the Institut de Physiologie, which hosted the Solvay congresses, bringing together great minds from around the world between the two world wars. Why not follow in the footsteps of Einstein, Bohr and Curie and take a picture on the stairs overlooking the park?

At the Museum of Natural Sciences visitors can explore human nature, evolution and biology, as well as the largest Dinosaur Gallery in Europe. The Museum of Natural Sciences has been a permanent fixture in Leopold Park, for the past 150 years.  On Park Leopold Day the museum will be taken outside into its garden with lots of space for fun activities for all ages and especially for children. 

Discover the Wiertz Museum in the heart of the Leopold district and get dazzled by this impressive piece of Belgian art history! The museum, which has preserved its original atmosphere, was once the home and studio of painter, sculptor and writer Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865), a somewhat controversial artistic figure of the Belgian Romantic movement. Since 1868, the Wiertz Museum has been part of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. 

The garden of Wiertz’s former residence is now the Citizens’ Garden, thanks to renovation by the European Parliament. The garden is open to all and hosts a rich cultural programme with concerts, art installations and literary events. 

Ixelles artists’ residency is a brand new cultural venue in the European district, which is dedicated to contemporary visual arts. The KULT XL Ateliers offers a new exhibition space and artists’ studios.

The Kiosk and Welcome point on Rue Belliard are brought to you by the European Quarter Management Association (Equama). Previously the paid entrance to the park, the ivy and lion reliefs decorating the brick kiosk buildings remind visitors of the park’s history as a zoo and botanic gardens.  

The Eggevoort Tower is the only remaining part of the medieval estate, dating from the 15th century, reminding visitors of Park Leopold’s long history in the Maalbeek valley. This magnificent example of civil architecture is among the oldest and best preserved in the Brussels Region and has recently been classified as a historical monument thanks to the efforts of the Association du Quartier Léopold.

Map

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Download the map of the Park Leopold Day to find your way around!

Partner organisation

In 1987, when the construction of the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels began, local residents came together to form the Association du Quartier Léopold (AQL). The AQL is concerned with the quality of life for residents in the quarter and is committed to protecting historical heritage, promoting urban diversity and an open public space. The AQL proudly supports the Park Leopold Day initiative which attempts to bring the European Parliament closer to the citizens around it.

Map
 

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