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Enough is Enough call for global climate action

Enough is Enough call for global climate action

14/10/2021

In the run-up to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, the Scottish group Oi Musica invites music makers worldwide for a powerful climate wake-up call. Luc Mishalle, Jo Zanders and other MetX musicians made a Brussels arrangement of Karine Polwart's song Enough is Enough, together with a matching video clip.

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Want to join our musicians? Project call: MetX Carte Blanche

Want to join our musicians? Project call: MetX Carte Blanche

30/09/2021

In addition to our well-known productions, house artists and ad hoc projects, MetX is always looking for young blood, emerging musicians or original formats. That's why we launch a new 'Carte Blanche'. The goal? Develop a new project from scratch in 2022 under the wings of MetX. Open for proposals until 15 November!

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Día de Muertos dans les Marolles 2021

Día de Muertos dans les Marolles 2021

23/09/2021

After an intimate version in 2020, we will celebrate the dead again this year with a whole series of festivities! On the programme: workshops for young and old. A giant altar for leaving mementos of the dearly departed. And a finale with no less than four different Día de Muertos processions and Mexican fireworks!

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Doors Open Day Nieuwland ft. Fanfakids & Karkaba

Doors Open Day Nieuwland ft. Fanfakids & Karkaba

22/09/2021

On Wednesday 22 September, the Doors Open Day of Brede School Nieuwland took place in the heart of the Marolles. As a partner, we also gave a foretaste of some after-school activities offered by MetX: the Fanfakids + breakdancers of Urban Center Brussel and our gnawa training programme Karkaba.

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Back to school: Hand over your dreams to the Cosmogolem

Back to school: Hand over your dreams to the Cosmogolem

02/09/2021

The first day of school is an exciting day for many children. Together with Circularium and the Cosmogolem we wanted to make it something special. With performances, games, initiations trampoline jumping and putting dreams for the new school year into the heart of a wooden giant!

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New gnawa workshops with Karkaba

New gnawa workshops with Karkaba

19/08/2021

Want to learn more about this traditional music and dance genre from Morocco? Mâalem Driss Filali and Mohamed Saïd Akasri invite you to workshops in a.o. the Marolles neighbourhood, Zaventem and Waregem. And via the Muziekpublique Academy you can participate at a series of gnawa initiations with our training program Karkaba.

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New release Mâäk Quintet ‘Sémille Someille’

New release Mâäk Quintet ‘Sémille Someille’

30/06/2021

Mâäk Quintet also releases new work as part of our MetXology compilation. With 'Sémille Someille', they let music speak to the soul where words sometimes fail. Ready for an inner mind trip full of frenetic themes and improvisations? Discover Mâäk Quintet's new single on Spotify!

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Partnership Hoofdstedelijke Kunstacademie & MetX

Partnership Hoofdstedelijke Kunstacademie & MetX

29/06/2021

From the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, the Hoofdstedelijke Kunstacademie and MetX are joining forces. Wind instrument students at the academy can take their ensemble/combo classes with MetX groups Bakanaï or Remork & Karkaba. Musicians from these groups can, in turn, join the academy for additional instrumental lessons.

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Fêtes de la Musique in les Marolles and Molenbeek

Fêtes de la Musique in les Marolles and Molenbeek

22/06/2021

In the weekend of 19-21 June, we FINALLY celebrated outside again! Our groups and artists turned the streets and squares upside down during Fête de la Musique. With Remork & Karkaba and Fanfakids in Molenbeek, balcony concerts in les Marolles and a smashing fanfare fiesta at the Sk8tepark Ursulines!

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Children and teenagers celebrate new Cosmogolem

Children and teenagers celebrate new Cosmogolem

10/05/2021

The Brussels Cosmogolem is ready for a corona-proof party! From 13 to 16 May, together with numerous children and artists, we will celebrate the inauguration of this new work of art for children's rights. Get ready for a 4-day 'Celebration Wave' with a start in Genk, stops in Diest and Leuven and apotheosis on the Place de la Vaillance in Anderlecht!

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CosmoGolem connects youngsters in Flanders and Brussels

CosmoGolem connects youngsters in Flanders and Brussels

31/03/2021

A lot of youngsters are having a hard time during this pandemic. In Brussels, Leuven, Diest and Genk, organisations are joining forces to artistically reinforce the voices, wishes and dreams of young people about what it means to live together in the city. They focus on the question “Hoe dream jij notre stad?” ("How do you dream our city?”)

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New releases Remork & Karkaba

New releases Remork & Karkaba

25/03/2021

Our gnawa fanfare releases three new tracks: own arrangements of the gnawa-classic “Tchor Kerira” and the Latin American traditional “Maria Theresa”, plus an arrangement of Luc Mishalle's "Afriquia". You will also recognise the latter song as the soundtrack for their brand new video!

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Brussels gnawa added as intangible heritage

Brussels gnawa added as intangible heritage

10/03/2021

Flemish Minister of Culture Jan Jambon had Karkaba added to the Register of Inspiring Examples of intangible heritage. Through this training programme around gnawa culture, people of all ages, sexes and origins can familiarise themselves with traditional gnawa music, dance and singing.

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MetX tutorials & digital repertoire

MetX tutorials & digital repertoire

02/03/2021

Want to keep playing music without live rehearsals? As a musician of our participatory groups, you can practice from home with tutorial videos and other online tools. An overview of our digital repertoire, in anticipation of the new concert season:

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Belgian Music Week

Belgian Music Week

15/02/2021

The week of 8 till 14 February has been one big declaration of love to Belgian music. Together with VI.BE, VRT and the broad music sector, we've put homegrown music in the spotlight. On the menu: gnawa-jazz with MXDO @ Lagrange Points, MikMâäk @ De Bijloke, BWMN Showcase Night & much more!

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The CosmoGolem On Tour

The CosmoGolem On Tour

18/01/2021

The CosmoGolem is coming to Brussels. This wooden giant, created by artist Koen Vanmechelen, is a worldwide symbol for children's rights. In collaboration with B-Classic, Studio Koen Vanmechelen and local organisations, we bring together children and artists to make it an unforgettable journey.

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Kick off MetXology recordings

Kick off MetXology recordings

18/01/2021

In 2021 we'll be releasing a new volume of our MetXology compilation albums. Mâäk Quintet and Marockin' Brass started recording at the end of 2020. Fanfakids, BRUiTAL and Karkaba will follow soon. The new tracks will be available online and hopefully to be discovered at a concert or festival near you!

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Project call: MetX Carte Blanche

Project call: MetX Carte Blanche

09/12/2020

In addition to our well-known productions, house artists and ad hoc projects, MetX is always looking for young blood, emerging musicians or original formats. That's why in 2021, we launch another 'Carte Blanche' for a musician to start a new project under the wings of MetX.

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Fanfakids workshops @ UCB

Fanfakids workshops @ UCB

01/12/2020

As from 2021, Urban Center Brussel organises percussion workshops featuring the Fanfakids. Children aged 6-12 years can learn different rhythms together with some advanced group members and ex-Fanfakid Jalel Vangoethem. The workshops will take place each Monday at Campus Nieuwland.

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Livestream MikMâäk @ De Bijloke

Livestream MikMâäk @ De Bijloke

24/11/2020

MikMâäk embarked for a cherished collaboration with the French top guitarist Marc Ducret. An extraordinary alchemy between two innovative, free-spirited natures. Due to the corona measures, the concert at De Bijloke on 9 December was broadcasted via livestream.

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Fanfakids reinvented

Fanfakids reinvented

17/11/2020

New adventures await the Fanfakids. Since this autumn, the percussion workshops have been extended to schools in Molenbeek and the Marolles, veteran Jalel Vangoethem joins the team and both the costumes and the logo of the group underwent a thorough makeover.

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Dia de Muertos 2020 revisited

Dia de Muertos 2020 revisited

03/11/2020

The 3rd edition of Dia de Muertos dans les Marolles was a rather discrete one. This year, the Mexican Day of the dead commemorated the victims of the corona crisis. With the construction of an altar, workshops, intimate concerts and a sober celebration on the Place du Jeu de Balle.

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New corona measures

New corona measures

27/10/2020

MetX temporarily suspends all rehearsals. All concerts of our groups have also been canceled till the start of 2021. We hope all the measures will help decrease the pressure caused by Covid-19 on our health care system. Meanwhile, stay safe and keep in touch via our social media and newsletter!

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Tsoukina leaves MetX

Tsoukina leaves MetX

22/10/2020

Imane Guemssy's project will stand on its own two feet. Thanks to a Carte Blanche from MetX, she gathered a completely female gnawa group around her in 2019. Together, they started to develop a contemporary repertoire. After launching the project at MetX, Imane will now run the group on an independent basis.

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20 Years Zinneke Parade

20 Years Zinneke Parade

13/10/2020

Because of the corona crisis, 20 years of Zinneke will be given an unusual interpretation: a soundscape with testimonies and sounds from participants, Zinnodes organising Simili Parades and a final happening with a.o. BRUiTAL and Fanfakids “Loops”.

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Quetzal dances out off Brussels

Quetzal dances out off Brussels

16/09/2020

No time to rest in the nest for our giant snake! After several summer parades, this autumn the Quetzalcóatl meanders crisscross through Antwerp, Ghent and the Marolles. With in its tracks pupils of primary school De Luchtballon from Merksem, Ledebirds from Ghent and Remork & Karkaba.

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MetX jams at Théâtre National

MetX jams at Théâtre National

15/09/2020

As part of the Saison Libre at Théâtre National, you can jam with Laurent Blondiau and other MetX artists after a number of theater performances. Wanna tune in to a mix of cosmopolitan sounds and vibes? The first sessions of 10/10/20 and 14/01/21 have been canceled, but other jams will take place in early 2021!

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We start rehearsing again!

We start rehearsing again!

09/09/2020

Good news for Bakanaï, BRUiTAL, Fanfakids, Tsoukina and Remork & Karkaba: after an interruption of months we can finally start up the rehearsals again. Of course, with adapted safety measures and colour codes that apply to the cultural sector.

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StaycationBXL: Dance of the Quetzal

StaycationBXL: Dance of the Quetzal

19/08/2020

The mythical giant snake Quetzalcóatl has been slithering through Brussels this summer. With workshops around percussion, voice, costumes and masks in collaboration with CC Brass and Park Poétik + parades along Forest & Saint-Gilles, the Wolvendael Park and Camping Josée.

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StaycationBXL with Karkaba

StaycationBXL with Karkaba

07/07/2020

This summer we've strengthened Karkaba, our training program around gnawa music. In addition to biweekly rehearsals at MetX, we also organised workshops on location as part of StaycationBXL. There was a series for women in collaboration with Buurthuis Anneessens and one for young people in collaboration with We Love BXL.

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MetX Moving Combos

MetX Moving Combos

28/05/2020

The public space was the place to be for enjoying concerts this summer. Our artists proposed three temporary MetX Moving Combos: original formulas featuring 4 musicians from the Brussels global sounds and jazz scene. Acoustic, mobile and 100% corona-proof!

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Mâäk Quintet @ Bel Jazz Fest

Mâäk Quintet @ Bel Jazz Fest

28/05/2020

On 29 and 30 May, the organisers of 11 established jazz festivals joined forces for an online festival. Mâäk Quintet, normally programmed at Brussels Jazz Weekend, performed alongside other big names from the Belgian jazz scene such as De Beren Gieren, Jean-Paul Estiévenart, Esinam and Nabou.

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MetX playlists & mixtapes

MetX playlists & mixtapes

14/05/2020

Alien life, the Bermuda Triangle or the primal sound of MetX... According to science, they must exist even in the absence of hard evidence. Let's give it a try as far as our sound goes: discover the MetX MiXtape and playlists with musical influences from our artists.

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Corona turns agenda upside down

Corona turns agenda upside down

14/05/2020

The social distancing measures oblige MetX to thoroughly review our agenda for 2020. At least until the end of August, many events will be cancelled, moved to a later date or feature alternative formulas like online gatherings and pop-up concerts.

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Coronavirus Measures

Coronavirus Measures

16/03/2020

Given the recent developments regarding the spread of Covid-19, all concerts and rehearsals from MetX groups are canceled. Our annual weekend of residence has been suspended to the Spring of 2021. We are looking for alternative formulas to organise (mini) concerts later this year. More info and updates via our social media and newsletter.

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Tsoukina Try Outs

Tsoukina Try Outs

27/02/2020

March 8 is International Womens’ Day. The ideal occasion for some sneak preview concerts by female gnawa group Tsoukina. On March 7 they play first at the Chaabi Habibi event at UPA, after which they join the all womxn line-up of the Intersections party at VK. Parallel to these try outs, they further develop their repertoire during weekly rehearsals at MetX and a residence at Zinnema in May.

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Mâäk Quintet 2.020

Mâäk Quintet 2.020

10/02/2020

This year the quintet around Laurent Blondiau will once again pull out all the stops. They are preparing for a whole series of concerts in Belgium and abroad. During Brussels Jazz Weekend, they will invite Laïla Amezian, Zouratié Koné and Imane Guemssy with MetX and play for the Journée des Lundis d'Hortense on the Grand Place. And in June they host a brass battle for Fête de la Musique.

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Fanfakids celebrate their 20th anniversary

Fanfakids celebrate their 20th anniversary

09/02/2020

2020 is going to be massive for Fanfakids. With performances and workshops In Belgium and abroad, celebrating their 20th anniversary with Zinneke Parade, a makeover of their outfit by a fashion designer and new international exchanges!

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Zinneke Parade – Loops

Zinneke Parade – Loops

09/02/2020

The Zinneke Parade celebrates its 20th anniversary! For this festive edition Fanfakids, created during the 1st parade in 2000, together with Sysmitos, Ledebirds, Urban Center Brussel, Elastik vzw, WijkAntenne de Quartier (WAQ) and Maison de Quartier 6 Heyvaert (MQ6) form the Zinnode "Loops".

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MetX jams for charity

MetX jams for charity

23/10/2019

On November 30 we organised a MetX Solidarity Jam for Fair Saturday and the charity campaign Brussel Helpt. All night long people enjoyed good music while supporting a good cause. On the menu: a try out by our new group Bakanaï, a sticky jam session and a spaghetti fest for the benefit of DoucheFLUX.

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Dia de Muertos returns to les Marolles

Dia de Muertos returns to les Marolles

09/10/2019

In October MetX participated again at the celebrations of the Mexican Day of the Dead in les Marolles. Young and old joined workshops around a.o. music, dance, decoration and make-up. The climax was a festive parade with music from the Mexican artist Israel Alonso and Remork & Karkaba.

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MetX opens Ghent Gnawa Festival

MetX opens Ghent Gnawa Festival

28/08/2019

From September 14 till October 5, De Centrale organises the first Gnawa festival in Ghent. The kick-off happens during OdeGand with a gnawa parade or ‘Krima’. At the request of De Centrale, MetX invites a large number of gnawa musicians from Brussels, completed by gnawas from Ghent and Antwerp.

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New video and live album MikMâäk

New video and live album MikMâäk

23/08/2019

OUT NOW: MikMâäk #2, the long-awaited follow-up to their debut album from 2015. With live-recorded compositions by Fabian Fiorini, Pascal Rousseau, Samuel Ber and Laurent Blondiau. Release concerts at Recyclart, Handelsbeurs en Théâtre Marni (13/02). And a video clip bathing in typically disarming Mâäk-humour.

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Al-Karavan sets foot at Le Senghor

Al-Karavan sets foot at Le Senghor

07/08/2019

The project Al-Karavan is a series of nomadic musical encounters, paying tribute to the first generation of Moroccan migrants in Belgium. On September 20 and 21 the musicians set foot at Le Senghor in Etterbeek. Featuring a.o. Les Fatmas de Belgica, Laïla Amezian & Les Sheikhs Shikhats and Remork & Karkaba.

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MetX Jam Supreme sessions

MetX Jam Supreme sessions

01/08/2019

MetX goes on tour in Brussels. Together with several cultural partners, we organise open jam sessions on various locations throughout the city. You can join other musicians, both professionals and amateurs, and tune in to a mix of various musical genres.

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Laurent Blondiau creates a new MetX ensemble

Laurent Blondiau creates a new MetX ensemble

10/06/2019

MetX is setting up a new multidisciplinary ensemble. Not just a brass band, but a kind of laboratory where you can experiment and learn as an (amateur) artist. Trumpet player and composer Laurent Blondiau provides the artistic framework. Want to join the project?

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Join the Belgian World Music Network

Join the Belgian World Music Network

17/05/2019

Are you working for a collective, production house, concert venue, festival or other type of organisation with an interest in world music? Than the Belgian World Music Network might be your thing! Join us at the annual World Music Meeting on May 23.

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World premiere Remork & Karkaba with Koninklijke Harmonie Gullegem

World premiere Remork & Karkaba with Koninklijke Harmonie Gullegem

18/04/2019

Have you ever heard a harmonic orchestra play gnawa jazz? On the 19th of May, the Royal Harmony Sint-Cecilia Gullegem and our gnawa brassband Remork & Karkaba played a joint performance during the world music festival Kokopelli. An unseen exchange between lively musical traditions from Belgium and Morocco!

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Master class weekend with our musicians

Master class weekend with our musicians

05/04/2019

End of March 2019, we organised a weekend filled with master classes for our musicians. The members of Remork & Karkaba, Ander Brass en BRUiTAL had the opportunity to improve their groups’ repertoires and their individual artistic skills. All three bands also did some try-outs and promising soundclashes. And they even got company from BRUZZ-videoblogger Saïd Al Haddad. Check out some photos and videos below:

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BRUiTAL prepares new sonic tour de force

BRUiTAL prepares new sonic tour de force

15/03/2019

Our punk-style fanfare BRUiTAL is developing a new repertoire. Jo, Vital and their brutal bunch of underground noise makers try out new stuff during pop-up performances at parties and other […]

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MikMâäk records new live album at W:Halll

MikMâäk records new live album at W:Halll

16/01/2019

Early 2019, MikMâäk was resident band at the W:Halll in Woluwe Saint-Pierre (Brussels). Jazz trumpeteer Laurent Blondiau and his fellow musicians have benefited from the occasion to record a new […]

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Highlights of 20 years Mâäk

Highlights of 20 years Mâäk

10/12/2018

Early December, the original partners in crime of Mâäk played four exclusive concerts. This exceptional Mâäk Five reunion concluded the 20th anniversary of the renowned jazz collective. Throughout 2018, Mâäk […]

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Jam @ Pianocktail with Quintette Diminué

Jam @ Pianocktail with Quintette Diminué

30/10/2018

On November 8 a new jam took place at Pianocktail. We invited musicians to join Quintette Diminué, a quintet of four musicians playing five instruments. And trying out countless different […]

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Video: Mâäk KOJO Trailer

Video: Mâäk KOJO Trailer

04/09/2018

Mâäk KOJO is back on tour and this doesn’t go unnoticed! True Blue took some images of their opening concert in Belgium. You can still check them at one of […]

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VelotroniX goes international!

VelotroniX goes international!

23/07/2018

The pounding drums of VelotroniX are going international this summer. From 18 to 20 July, they are travelling to Lake Balaton for the Babel Sound festival in Hungary. In August […]

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Mââk KOJO on Tour!

Mââk KOJO on Tour!

06/07/2018

Mâäk KOJO is coming back to Belgium in september! This is where you can find them: Mâäk KOJO concerts 02.09.2018 – Les Inattendues, Tournai 14.09.2018 – Espace Senghor, Brussels 15.09.2018 […]

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Orfeo & Majnun Parade @ De Munt / La Monnaie

Orfeo & Majnun Parade @ De Munt / La Monnaie

22/06/2018

La Monnaie / De Munt presents Orfeo & Majnun. It blends the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with the well-known Middle Eastern love story of Layla and Majnun. On June 30, they’re […]

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Fête de La Musique !

Fête de La Musique !

19/06/2018

On June 21, the Marollen distict transforms into a big musical ring, during Fête de la Musique. Fanfares, choirs, rappers, breakdancers and majoretten are confronting each other on the ‘Place […]

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Stage for kids @ Le Senghor: KOJO!

Stage for kids @ Le Senghor: KOJO!

08/06/2018

The cultural center of Etterbeek Le Senghor invites KOJO to give workshops to kids between 6 and 12 years old. The workshops will take place between 20 and 24 august 2018. […]

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Growfunding Fanfakids: we did it!

Growfunding Fanfakids: we did it!

19/03/2018

Fanfakids Go Strange again! The percussion group from Molenbeek is ready for their trip to Togo and Benin this summer. They gathered 104 % (or €4,150) of the desired amount […]

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Mâäk 20 years – Agenda

Mâäk 20 years – Agenda

20/02/2018

In 2018, the jazz collective Mâäk is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a nice series of concerts with: 21.04.2018 – Mâäk Quintet: Journée de propreté, Brussels 04.05.2018 – MikMâäk: De Roma, Antwerp 26.05.2018 […]

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