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Cultural season's opening

Let’s celebrate the new cultural season in Ixelles together!

Start on Friday 17/09 at 18:00 in the Boondael district with a dance walk to the rhythm of lindy hop and an indie pop concert by Gabrielle Verleyen in the Boondael Chapel.

On Saturday 18/09, do your cultural market along the ponds, meet the Ixelles partners and enjoy the many shows and activities. And don’t forget to visit all the cultural venues in Ixelles: they will be opening their doors to you with shows and activities throughout the day! All free of charge, and for everyone.


Quartier Boondael

Square du Vieux Tilleul


18:00 Rhythmania (swing jazz – lindy hop)

participative dance performance

The multicultural collective Rhythmania invites you to go back to the origin of all current dances: jazz! Six dancers and two musicians with communicative joy will thrill you during this festive walk through the neighbourhood. Would you like to discover some lindy hop, charleston or swing steps? Rhythmania will teach you!

Reservation: / 02 515 64 63


20:30 Gabrielle Verleyen (indie pop)


Gabrielle Verleyen proposes a universe at the crossroads between nostalgia and hope, combining simple ritornelli and aesthetic research to fit into a folk tradition with world and indie-pop accents.

Reservation: / 02 515 64 63


Ixelles ponds

Av. Général de Gaulle

10:30-18:00 : Cultural market

Meet the cultural operators of Ixelles and do your cultural shopping among a diverse and high-quality offer. Visit the stands to discover the many activities that the partners have prepared for you: games, storytelling, pole dancing, distorting mirrors…

With : ABCD; Arts et Publics; Biblio XL; Bibliotheek Sans Souci; Le Boson; Clap Education; Parlement européen; Flagey; GC Elzenhof; Kuumba; La Maison qui chante; Musée des enfants Muziekpublique; Pole Dance Belgium; Le Rideau de Bruxelles; Théâtre de la Flûte enchantée; Théâtre Marni; Théâtre de la Toison d’Or; Théâtre Varia; SEE U; Service Culture Ixelles


10:30-18:00 – Kiosk Up

Artists, comedians and dancers follow one another on the stage throughout the day. An opportunity to make some great discoveries!


 11:00: Far Fare X – brassband

The five musicians of Far Fare X improvise and travel from dub to acoustic reggae, through Balkan music, bossa rhythms and musette. Percussion, bass, accordion and brass: something to brighten up your Saturday morning!


16:00 : Jump Cut – Double Take Cinematic Circus

circus & trampoline show

A couple, a sofa, a love story… A circus show that you watch like a film. Combining acrobatics, trampoline, Chinese mast and aerial hoop, Jump Cut transports us with finesse and poetry into the lives and dreamed journeys of two lovers.

Elsewhere in Ixelles

10:00 + 11:00 : L’heure du conte – Biblio XL – Rue Mercelis 19

Readings of stories in French

10:00 : 0-3 years – 11:00: 4-7 years


10:00-14:00 : Croissant & Compliment – Bib Sans Souci – Rue Sans Souci 131

Get out of bed and go to Bib Sans Souci for a croissant, a compliment and to discover the activity programme of the Dutch-language library in Ixelles. A warm welcome guaranteed!


10:30 : Les samedis du ciné – Cinéma Vendôme – Chaussée de Wavre 18

2 parallel cinema sessions, separating children (< 5 years) from adults, in 2 different halls of the Cinéma Vendôme.

2,5€/pers. –


10:30 + 16:00: La mer –  Théâtre Mercelis – Rue Mercelis 13

theatre withour words from 3 years old

In a garden that has become wild again, we witness the unexpected encounter between a garden gnome, the guardian of the place, and a rat. From this tête-à-tête, a lively friendship is born, leading to an adventure. Together they glimpse between the flowerpots; the waves, the storms, the islands, the sea.

Reservation : / 02 515 64 63


12:00 : Salsa  – Centre Malinard – petite rue Malibran 14

Workshop by Tatiana Galibus

Openin to everyone


A project by Orfeoart.


11:00-18:00 : « KULT XL Ateliers » – expo – Rue Wiertz 23

Opening exhibition

Dedicated to contemporary visual arts, KULT XL Ateliers is: a new exhibition hall and artists’ studios. The inaugural exhibition, which runs until 26 September, presents the project, its links with the neighbourhood, and the network of upcoming studios in the Ixelles area. It also profiles the artists in residence.


14:00 Story walk

Cultural market  -> -> Bib Sans Souci

For families – NL (+FR)

A family walk to discover Ixelles from a new perspective. From the caravan on the cultural market to the Bib Sans Souci, stories and surprising places follow one another. On arrival, a creative workshop is planned. Main language: Dutch, French speakers welcome!


15:00: Enlivrez-vous – circus– courtyard Biblio XL – Rue Mercelis 19

Compagnie du Contrevent – by & with Anaël Chaval, Antoine Isnard-Dupuy

Do you sometimes play with words? They juggle with books! Two humorous artists alternate sessions of avid or concentrated reading, scenes of jealousy, dancing, jumping and juggling. Books are a pretext, a tool, an object of love and lust. So let’s have fun with them!

Reservation: / 02 515 64 63


SEE U Portes ouvertes – SEE U – Rue Fritz Toussaint 8

Exhibitions, concerts, workshop for children, live-painting, radio…


ENTRACTE ! – expo –  Théâtre Varia –Rue du Sceptre 78

Exhibition Delphine Bibet & Michel Boudru

Photographs and films made during the lockdown by actors in their homes. The humorous scenes remind us that being an artist is a way of life, a work in progress.